Climbs 51
Rocktype Limestone

Faces SE

Highway One © Mark Davis

Crag features

Slabby climbing on variable quality rock. Single pitch routes to 50 metres. Protection generally reasonable; some pegs and bolts.

Approach notes

Quarry situated approx one mile west of Portishead. Follow B3124 westwards past some houses at a bend in the road. Do not park at the head of the gated entrance lane opposite; there is a layby 250m further up the road on the LHS. Keep the noise down as to not annoy the locals.

Update From BMC Website: (27/03/07) - Avon Wildlife Trust have now reopened the quarry following the scaling of loose rock in partnership with the BMC. The project involved removing a significant amount of loose rock around the large slab, resulting in some superficial marking to the slab - this should decrease in time.

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Out of print:
Microwave size block came off corner 'one rainy wish' to the left of the slab whilst I was climbing it. Looks like there's more loose rocks on the route
Zolly Whitaker - 10/Nov/14
Lots of very large break away rock on the small bolted wall.
Dan1898 - 20/Apr/14
It's actually just off the B3124 (not B3134 as the guide says). There is also now a rock netting at the top of the main slab which gives a good belay stance and anchor points (as well as protection from falling rocks :-))
wilsers - 09/Mar/14
Climbed here Jun 2011 Not as 'uninspiring' as I was expecting. Bit of a suntrap on the slab.
climbojimbo - 08/Jun/11
Climbed in late summer 2009, fence pole's up around area but no fence in place, may change in future. uninspiring but if your in the area why not?
puzo - 20/Jan/10
Been climbing here late 2007 and early 2008, no access problems. BMC website states site re-opened.
SteveCox - 09/May/08
The routes on the main slab are all still climbable (from BoS to Pharos). Not much change at all except less polish.
thomasadixon - 03/Jun/07
Looks like that official looking bloke has put in boulder catching nets. Nice big bolts holding it in. :P Looks like they have put in new bolts at the top of some of the easier climbs. Some of the rock still looks pretty unstable thou. Climb it and see...
srees2108 - 19/Mar/07
Queequeg - 01/Feb/07
RIP Portishead quarry! Looks like over the weekend there has been a HUGE landslide and alot of the rock has fallen in. Havn't had a close look as there was an official looking bloke climbing it and the were new padlocks on the metal gates, but as you can see from the photo alot of rock has fallen.
srees2108 - 30/Jan/07
There are big gates up but you can walk around them, just not ride a motorbike around them. We had no problems climbing there.
thomasadixon - 25/Aug/06
The quarry is closed at the moment by the management (can't remember the name). The reason given being disturbance by local lads on motorbikes. The sign muttered something about loose rock too in order to curtail climbers usage, but the fact of the quarry's looseness is well known (especially the Sharks Fin etc). Anyway, right or wrong we couldn't see why the behaviour of lads on motorbikes should reflect on climbers so we went in and got no trouble. A few of the locals saw us and didn't seem to mind. The sign also states that the BMC have been informed of the situation.
majormajormajormajor - 30/Jun/06
Routes left of the main slab = death. Sort of. Very loose anyway, much pulling of blocks onto each other.
Tamlyn - 17/Jan/06
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Drummers of Burundi6c 65
2Digit Pizzicato6c+ 67
3A Little Light Music7b+ *6
E1 5a 4
5Zee Zee Top
E2 5b 1
S 2
7Mr Prickle
VS 4b 4
8Baby Bird
VS 4c 7
9Bladder Ladder7b *9
10Token GestureE4 6a 13
11More Please
E4 6a 1
12No More Please
E5 6c 1
13Exfo '927c+ *2
14Luring labia
E4 6a 2
15L'Homme Absurd
7b+ 1
16A Route for the People
7a+ 4
17Highway OneE4 6a ***107
18Agenda 21
7b+ 1
E4 6b 1
20Eartheye Corner
HS 4a 9
21Split Personality
HS 4a 1
22Fallen Pillar Chimney
S 4a 18
23Great White
E1 5b 4
24One Rainy Wish
HS 4a *128
25AphroditeE1 5c 5
26The Brink of SolarityHVS 5a **705
27SolusE3 5b/c 38
28Sandbagging SimonE2 5b 59
29PickpocketHVS 5a **658
30Approaching MaturityE2 5b *321
31The BaldestHVS 5a *497
32PharosHS 4b *820
33The Arete
VD 206
S 51
35Retina Plexus
VS 4b 22
36Central Pillar
VD 6
D 38
S 30
39Reggae in the GrassE2 5b 20
40Heavy Cloud;Lots of Rain6a+ 141
41StodMVS 4b 9
42Small Minded; Long Winded6a+ 50
43Sugar Tip's7a+ 28
44Earth Eye Corner *
45Mystery 7c Route *
7c *4
46Mystery 7a+ Route *
7a+ *4
47Mystery 6b Route *
6b *3
48Unknown *7a+ 2
49Another mystery 7a+ *7a+ * 
50BTS *
6b+ *1
51Pubic Enemy number one *
E3 6a 3
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