Cathedral Quarry/Black Hole

Climbs 25 – Rocktype Slate – Altitude 150m a.s.l – Faces ?

Crag features
Routes are 30 - 40m long, all Extreme. Quarry is a big hole in the ground and can be damp due to condensation when you least expect it. Classics include Night of the Hot Pies(E1), Darklands(E3), Basilica(E5), An Alabuse(E2).

Quarry is a deepish pit in the forest, part of the Little Langdale Quarries. So-called Cathedral Quarry for the underground slate working linked to the pit quarry. This is also known as Cathedral Cavern, and is quite well known. Another underground chamber sits in an access tunnel to the quarry.

Approach notes
Parking close to the ford in Little Langdale - approach from the S side as the ford is not passable by normal cars!

Access restriction for organised groups. Phone National Trust Property Manager(Jim Loxam - 015394 41197) for details.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.


Out of print: Dow, Duddon & Slate (1993)

Climbs at this crag

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14DarklandsE3 5c ***61
15Murder in the CathedralE4 6a 1
16The Turblent BeastE5 6b *1
17China CrisisE4 6b *1
18Burley DudesE5 6b **1
19Diet of WormsE6 6b * 
20Cold TurkeyE4 6b *2
21Hot TunaE2 6a  
22BasilicaE4 6a ***3
23Barbi Junior6c 7
24The Cruel Sea7a **1
25No Face for DwarfsE4 6b * 
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