/ DESTINATION GUIDE: Harthill Quarry
More of this sort of thing!
Competed there on a trials bike several times, nice venue, even if I once damaged a couple of ribs after an unfortunate coming together with a rather large rock.
Always thought that there were some impressive looking climbs there but the top-outs put me off. I do know someone who has done a couple of routes there, he confirmed my opinion of the finishes.
Looks like what White Goods was 10 years ago. A bit of a clear up and trimming veg could go a long way, the problems look fantastic. Everyone loves the underdog!
Probably going to get slammed by the ethics police here.
The place needs some chains at the top of the good rock band to avoid the death traps up top.
There are a few other old grit quarries scattered around that would gain from having this approach due to the issues with the top layer of rock being rotten.
I really wish you hadn't written this, because now I'm going to have to visit the place now when I could be doing something more enjoyable, like stabbing myself in the feet with rusty forks. I quite like the idea of bolted lower offs...why not?
Some of the locals aren't the friendliest, we were threatened with some very sharp looking farming tools walking back through the quarry from the clifftop boulder. We were told climbing wasn't allowed there and to leave straight away or else, never had any issues before and didn't put us off going back but I've never met someone that aggressive at a crag before.
I did Grip, HVS 5a* for my crag tick. Trying to remember who with,... might well have been Fiend. The climb was really good crack climbing once you could access it but getting over the top layer of choss was horrendous. As belayer, I ran round and dropped a top rope for it The picture makes the base look like an Idyll compared to reality (brambled bouldery nastiness).... pic must be left of the main crag. Clifftop Boulders next door are real quality. If you want proper adventure we can sneak in and climb something at the amazing looking Knabb quarry (still need my tick there), p.315.
The access ito Clifftop isn't through the quarry. You should turn left before the quarry and follow the path back right and bypass it.
Thanks, I never said that access was through the quarry. I said we were walking through the quarry after going to the clifftop boulder. As the article was about the quarry I thought people may want to be aware of the possibility of being threatened with violence if they went there.
Useful feature. Places not to visit ;-)
Could do the next one on The Gallery
I got that. I was trying to be clear that the quarry is best avoided completely when going to and from Clifftop as those who use it have got annoyed with climbers in the past (as per our information on p.374 in the Froggatt guide) hence the defined access route that doesn't go through the quarry.
I'd be happy to do that. I finish work for the year tomorrow so anytime after that works for me.
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