Hoghton Quarry

Climbs 139 – Rocktype Grit (quarried) – Altitude 125m a.s.l – Faces N

Crag features
Hoghton Quarry is probably one of the best gritstone quarries in the north of England. It would certainly not look out of place next to Millstone Edge. However, in recent years, restricted access has meant that it is rather overgrown in places. That said, it is well worth a visit. Slabs, walls and roofs abound and there are still a couple of obvious aid routes knocking around, complete with ancient aid tat. The whole experience is wrapped up in a hidden venue which would probably be quite familiar to Robin Hood. Williness to clean a route and a keen sense of adventure are required by this crag, but those who persist will be totally rewarded.

Approach notes
Access is very restricted. Climbing is only available from the beginning of June until the end of July.

Monday - Thursday until 5pm.

Friday - Sunday until dusk.

Bird restrictions may apply so please check the BMC access database for up-to-date information.

Access is sensitive so please do not climb outside these times.

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

Lancashire Bouldering (2014), Lancashire Rock (1999)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
1Lamentably GentlemanlyE5 6b ** 
2Getting Rid of the AlbatrossE6 6c *** 
3The WaspHVS 5a **17
4The StingHVS 5a 3
5GoulashE1 5b  
6All Roads Lead to RomeE5 6b ***1
7BoadiceaE2 5c ***25
8For God's Sake Burn it Down!E4 6b * 
9Every Face Tells a StoryHVS 5b **2
10ThespisHVS 4c, 4c *5
11Burning the PhoenixE4 5b, 6a ** 
12LadyHVS 4c, 5a *2
13Route OneVS 4b, 4c **16
14Golden DeliciousE3 5c, 5c *** 
15Golden Delicious Variation StartE3 6a *** 
16The KnickertwisterE5 6a, 6b ** 
17The Knickertwister Direct StartE5 5c, 6b ** 
18On the BrinkE5 6a, 6b ** 
19Blind EyeE5 6c * 
20Let's Go PlayE5 6a * 
21Ten Minute TraverseE3 5b, 5c **2
22MandarinE2 5b,5b ***45
23PatellaE2 5b  
24Twin SpikesVD 7
25Groove and LedgeS 4a 10
26Blunt AreteE1 5b 3
27Slanting CrackE1 5b *3
28Greg Rimmer: The Motion Picture??  
29Dangler, The?? 1
30Sheer Heart Attack?? 1
31Do the Aqua Melba??  
33La Lune Dans La Carniveau??  
34Keep it Coolin'?? 1
35Mind Games??  
37PartnershipVS 4c 1
39Hope Not??  
42Burning a Nun??  
44Slime Corner?? 2
45Slime Corner Original Finish?? 1
46Five Minute Traverse?? 1
47Spleen Road??  
48Baron of Beef??  
49Cannibalistic Incantations??  
50New Wave??  
51Fallout - Direct Start??  
53The French Lieutenant's Marrow??  
54Highway Star?? 1
55Main OverhangA1 2
56Flight of the Rat??  
57Burning Desire??  
58Deaf School??  
59Goliath's Groove??  
60When the Levee Breaks?? 2
61Rhododendron Arete?? 1
62Cave RouteHS 4b, 4a **24
63Rhododendron ButtressE2 5c ***37
64War of Attritition?? 1
65Biodegradable Man??  
66Terry's Torment?? 1
67Strong's Flake?? 2
68Finger TraverseVS 5b *8
69Pandora's BoxE1 6a 2
70Bowker's CrackVS 4c *7
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Went today. First time at hoghton, it is amazing! Def worth a visit!
D.botts87 - 10/Jun/13
We couldn't find a sensible walk-off so we abseiled which seems a sensible option. We had exactly the opposite experience to that of "r fizzle". The whole place was cleaner than expected and can only improve with a little traffic during the brief access windows.
chrishedgehog - 30/Jul/12
Very dirty and green. I don't think many people have visited this summer. Mandarin looks to be the cleanest route but was still extremely sandy and crumbly and covered in bird poo.
Rachel Slater - 26/Jul/12