Climbs 114
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 400m a.s.l

Sharp and Steep © robin mueller

Approach notes

No climbing allowed Weds, Fri and Sun as used by gun club.

Restricted Access

Wilton 3 is owned by Bolton Gun Club with agreed times for shooting and climbing - live firing takes place and it is vital that climbers understand and follow the agreed access arrangements. A new approach has recently been agreed – please see the ‘access’ section below for details as the old approach through the front gate is no longer possible.

Climbers have priority on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Shooters have priority on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and if shooting, red flags will be flying around the top of the quarry as well as on the approach.

On shooting days when the red warning flags are not in place, climbers can access the quarries, but if shooters arrive later, please pack up and leave as soon as safely possible. Please try to avoid the temptation of assuming that the ranges are not being used until at least mid-afternoon. On days when climbers have priority, the shooters can use the sites if climbers are not present when they arrive. However, if climbers arrive shooting must stop. If shooting is taking place on a climbing day, enter the quarry using the route detailed in the ‘access’ section below and approach the shooters hut along the newly landscaped path (which takes you safely behind the line of fire). Politely ask the shooters to stop and allow them a reasonable amount of time to clear up.

Climbers have an additional day in Wilton 3 on Mondays compared to Wilton 2 & 4. If the neighbouring gun club are using Wilton 2 but Wilton 3 is not being used, climbers can still use Wilton 3, provided that they do not climb the routes on Orange Wall (i.e. routes between Twin Cracks and Orange Corner inclusive). On these days, climbers must not pass the fence on the ridge between Wilton 2 and 3 or descend past it.


Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Lancashire Rock (2016)
Lancashire Bouldering (2014)
Lancashire Rock (1999)

Out of print:
There have been some changes made to the shooting range, this has involved some excavations - its at the far right of waterfall buttress and appears to effect all the routes between "Cabbage man meets the death egg" and "Route One", Route one, two and three are about two metres longer!
agolay - 02/Jul/13
Wilton 3 not as bad as number 1 with a good range of severe graded climbs. Tends to get more sun than Wilton 1 & can make a pleasant evening climb. If your taking the time to go to wilton 1 then a good warm up at wilton 3 is possible. Your may never reach Wilton 1
Lee Foster - 27/Nov/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Orange Wall 
2Al's IdeaE1 5c 83
3Twin CracksD 122
4SneckS 4a 62
5Coll's IdeaE1 5a 2
6ZeeS 4a 23
7Great ChimneyD 71
8Orange WallVS 4b 222
9Cracked OrangeHVS 5a 9
10Orange CrackHS 4b 296
11JustineS 4a 138
12Orange GrooveVD *224
13Monolith CrackVS 4b 137
14CedricS 4a *208
15Orange Squash
E3 6a 4
16Orange CornerVD 267
 Constable's Overhang Area 
18Oak Leaf WallVS 4b 138
19Tea LeafVS 4b 76
20Oak Leaf CrackVD *388
21Forked Cracks Direct *VS 5c *5
22Forked CracksVS 4b *391
23Parallel CracksS 4a *502
24The GrooveVD *253
25No Idea
VS 4b 28
26Slime ChimneyVD *171
27Get Off It!
E2 5b  
28The GraderE3 5c **80
29LightningE3 5c *23
30ThunderHVS 5a 10
31Constable's OverhangE5 6b **19
32Nameless EdgeHVS 5a *3
33SlipshodE1 5a *15
34Green SlabsVD 37
VS 4b 12
36PulleyS 4a 21
37Block and TackleVD 21
38The AreteVS 4b *12
39Howling HamishHVS 5a *2
40Central CrackHVS 5a ***440
41Mutant Peanut
E1 5b 6
42Crack and Slab VariantD *92
43AscendveassVS 4b 1
44Crack and SlabD **144
45Chockstone Crack
VD 4
46Monster under the BedE1 5b **3
 Waterfall Buttress 
S 4a 2
HS 4a 1
50Meat and three veg!VS 4b *2
5130ft WallHVS 5a *6
5230-foot Wall (Direct start)
HVS 6a 1
5340ft CornerVS 4c *35
54Canine CrucifixtionE2 5c **117
E4 6b  
56BrastiumE1 5b *61
57Betty's WallHVS 5a *20
58Cabbage Man Meets the Death EggE3 5c  
59Hodgepie BoogieE3 5c  
60Route Four
S 4a 5
61Route Three
VD 4
62Route Two
HVS 5a 3
63Rote One
D 6
64Fire and Theft
E3 6a  
 Rappel Wall Area 
S 4a 132
67Rappel WallVD **465
68Peg FreeVS 4c 67
69Shivers AreteE1 5b **503
70Shivers CanopyE1 5b **9
71CanopyHVS 5a *238
72Rappell Wall Indirect
VS 4c 13
73KayVS 4b **166
74Easy to Cheat
E2 5c 3
75Crooked CrackVS 4c **336
76The Gay Dwarfs and Mr Plod Go to the Tuppaware PartyE2 5b **24
77MoHS 4b *564
78MineyVD 294
79MeenyVD 401
80EenyVD 324
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