Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 150m a.s.l
The golden, golden tower © Laurence
Safety Note: On the Coal Measures Crag there is a fixed line to lower off as the shale band cannot be crossed (easily). This is mentioned in the Rockfax guide. However, the line is clean broken on the far left hand side. Whatever you do don't clip into this or you'll be in for a quicker descent then anticipated. [Will Taylor 8/04]
Safety note:The horizontal ledge system just above the start of Metamorphosis is beginning is now showing signs of instability.Take care.
Climbers using the Left Wall Area should avoid belaying on the fence posts at the side of the road. Abseiling over the Golden Tower and Left Wall is also discouraged as it is starting to cause erosion. The quarry is owned by United Utilities who take a positive view of rock climbing. Trees have been cleared from the quarry by UU in previous years making a great improvement to the climbing environment.
Dates: 24 June to 20 August
Reason: Nesting Birds
A tawny owl is currently nesting in Dirty Corner (left of Golden Tower). This and nearby routes (The Eight-legged Atomic Dustbin Will Eat Itself to The Italian Job) should be avoided unitl the nest is vacated. Tawny owls have been known to viciously attack people climbing near their nest in the past, so please steer well clear of these routes until the chicks have fledged, both for the chicks benefit and your own!
We don't know how old the chicks are so it's impossible to know when they might fledge, but given that tawny owl chicks can take 60 days to leave the nest it is worth being cautious around this area until mid August.