Climbs 39
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 217m a.s.l
Faces W

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Alien at Downholme © Andysomething

Crag features

Small Limestone Quarry in a pleasant secluded setting with splendid views across Arkengarthdale. Routes up to 10 meters, with some polish on the classic cracklines. Very convenient climbing, level top and bottom, stake belays (old, caution). Sometimes used by the military and groups. Some holds still prone to flake-off! (though most dodgy ones already gone).

Approach notes

Easy access - In Downholme village; 2 minutes through a field behind the Bolton Arms car park. There are signs indicating that MOD permission is required, but a discreet approach works for the locals who climb here.

Restricted Access

Updated arrangements for using the crag were confirmed on 30.11.2015. Individuals wishing to use the crag must ring the Bookings Office on 01748 875507 to ensure the quarry is free and available. Groups must first obtain a Licence by contacting The Events Coordinator, Landmarc Support Services Limited, Tel: 01748 829522. Risk Assessments, Public Liability Insurance and copies of instructors' qualifications are required together with payment of a fee of £130 + Vat (Nov 2015).


The obvious undercut on Sweet Please is loose about 2 foot below the peg. There's other holds around.
Emilio Bachini - 17/Sep/16
New crampon scratches on several routes and some newly exposed bits of rock. Someone doesn't know the ethics.
johnjb - 03/Jul/16
I rang the number to see about climbing here and they basically said they are only allowing groups due to insurance etc. Maybe it's needed for the BMC to look into this.
Frankie boy - 03/Jul/14
Updated, based on layout and grades in Steve Crowes North East England Guide (2003); plus a few more recent additions to the crag.
Climbster - 18/Dec/13
Visited today (Sept 2nd '13); walked around but didn't climb. There appears to have been a rock fall fairly recently, in the middle area. Didn't think to take a picture though (sorry!). Sign still present asking to call before climbing. Some stakes now looking very suspect and feel very loose.
NobbyClark - 02/Sep/13
Visited in May 2013. There is a sign on the gate saying no unauthorised climbing and a phone number to ring but we just went in anyway. didn't have time to climb so just went for a look at traversed the base of the crag. Definitely going back to climb soon.
lissymanners - 13/May/13
Currently Catterick Training are not allowing climbing until they "have sorted out issues over liability and insurance". I have contacted the BMC to inform them of this and they will be contacting the MOD to check up on the current situation.
Matt Bill Platypus - 18/Jun/10
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Introductory Bay
2 Little Jay
VS 5a 15
3 Pongoes
S 35
4 Stumbler
VD 35
5 Brown Stane
HVS 5b 24
6 Bumbler HS 4b 27
7 D.E.W Line
E2 5c 19
8 D.E.W Line Eliminate V3 6a 11
9 Alistair
E1 5b * 23
10 Alistair Super Direct V5 6b 5
11 Crap Hats V3 6a 3
12 Crystal Tipps
VS 5a 27
13 Bling Arete V0+ 5a 11
Climb name Grade
  Main Wall
15 Tracer
HVS 5b 28
16 Big Boots
D 89
17 The Thwarting of The Vamp Cow
HS 4b 55
18 Fascination Street
S 4c 61
19 Line of Fire
HS 4b 132
20 Downholme Racer
HVS 4c * 57
21 Je Cours Tout Seul
VS 4b * 61
22 Pas d'elle y Rhone que nous
E2 5b * 36
23 El Capitain HS 4c 134
24 Get in the Groove E2 5b 18
25 Sweet Pleasure E1 5b * 90
26 Soldier Blue
E2 5b * 25
Climb name Grade
27 Bitter Sweet
E2 5c 15
28 Best Bitter
HVS 4c 21
29 Never Enough
HVS 5a 39
30 Southern Death Cult
VS 4c 26
31 Tank Tracks
D 18
32 Colonel Blimp
VD 26
33 General Accident
S 4a 19
34 Incoming! M * 3
35 Matt is a Twat M 3
37 Lamb Dingo HVS 5b 3
38 Lambhead's arĂȘte HS 5a 2
39 Holding onto Dust VD  

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