Climbs 38
Rocktype Limestone

Faces S

An evening ringing baby Ravens © Stanners

Crag features

Bolt hangers may be missing from some routes but most lower-offs are in place.

Approach notes

No Climbing Allowed, The quarry has been locked and it is used for police firearms training.

Turn N off B3134 into Valley Road half a km after passing entrance to Portishead Quarry. Large lay-by on R just before quarry on left.

Access Banned

The rock at this cliff is reputed to be fairly unstable and has resulted in serious accidents. Reports have indicated the entrance gates are now permanently locked and used for police firearms training.


Went today with a friend from school and his bird enthusiast crew. Helped with ropes lowering down to ring baby ravens. Interesting evening. Unfortunately NO CLIMBING which is as shame since it looks like great slab climbing. A van pulled up and asked what we were doing straight away once we entered the quarry. No chance of a sneaky climb.
Stanners - 10/Apr/12
went a few weeks ago, a guy was quarrying with a jcb and said we couldn't climb, not sure on current access as bmc said it was ok
Mark Walter - 09/Sep/07
Quarry has now been bought and is being converted to a Christmas tree orchard. Climbing is still good, although almost all bolt hangers are missing. If you do do trad, watch out for the top of all cimbs, they are VERY loose. I thoroughly recommend sticking to the sport routes. Apart from that, it's all good.
burnt - 17/Jun/07
I'm told the quarry (along with the local dump sited in the western bay) was closed due to the discovery of rare nesting birds, although I'm not 100% sure. I don't know why anyone would want to climb here, though. It was a working quarry up until about 20 years ago and the rock must be very loose. It doesn't look all that.
blacktom - 14/Dec/06
Went there 13 August 2006 and large new metal gates across entrance blocking access with name of management/security company. Their number is given as 0790 0035247. If anyone has further information then would be appreciated. Note that the BMC access notes say no problems, whereas this looks out of date now. Obviously I didn't get a chance to have a proper look, but from the gates it looks excellent climbing, and if the BMC would like investigate it would certainly be appreciated.
John_Hat - 13/Aug/06
Lots of climbing on a slab and oppertunity to make your own route. Most of the bolts on the bolted climbs are missing so it's worth taking trad gear or string!
Ian - 04/May/06
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