Climbs 24
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 147m a.s.l
Faces SE

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Crag features

Also known as "Clougha Pike Crag" or "Quernmore Crag", this small, esoteric quarry is located on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, near Windy Clough and Baines Cragg. It has a small number of routes up to 10m, mostly in the lower grades, although a steeper section of rock provides a few harder climbs. 

There is some loose rock, a few dubious holds and a distinct lack of protection possibilities on most of the climbs, meaning that, whilst grades are generally low, less confident leaders might find these climbs daunting. However, this is a very pleasant little nook to explore, if you're in the area. There are stakes at the top that seem solid enough to belay off (check and make your own judgement), although they're well hidden amongst the bilberry bushes.

Nearby are several other venues: Rigg Lane Boulders, Windy Clough and Far Side Boulders, Baines Cragg and Little Cragg. If you begin at the Rigg Lane/Birk Bank cark park, you can easily link Rigg Lane Boulders, Ottergear, Baines Cragg and Little Cragg, for a full day of charming esoterica.

Approach notes

The crags are near Quernmore, on the western edge of the Forest of Bowland, a 30 minute cycle from Lancaster. From the Birk Bank car park on Rigg Lane, head through the gate up the footpath. After about 100m, there is a fork in the path; take the path left until an aquaduct (the path right leads through some woods to Windy Clough). The quarry lies across the aquaduct, through a gate on the right.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Beginners' Wall
2 Beginner's Wall Girdle f3+ 8
  Left Wall
4 Diminuendo VD 3
5 Trig Pillar VD 9
6 Water Groove VD 9
7 Syphon S 4a 11
8 Left Forgotten S 4a * 4
9 Forgotten VD 9
10 The Well HVS 5a 14
Climb name Grade
11 Unhinged HVS 5a 17
  Central Wall/Thirlmere Wall
13 Victorian E2 5c 5
14 Nimble E2 5c * 8
15 Thirlmere Wall E3 6a * 13
16 Hovis E2 5c * 4
17 Gate Spotter E1 5a * 16
  Right Walls/Pedestal Wall
19 Aquaduct ArĂȘte HS 4b 20
20 Bowland Way VD 7
Climb name Grade
21 Ottergear Pedestal VD 8
22 Ottergear Wall D 5
23 Birk View VD 6
24 Quern HS 4b 7
25 Clougha Groove HS 4b 8
26 Clougha Rib S 7
27 Cellar Door f6A+ * 4
28 The Bread Line HVS 4c * 2

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