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Due to the ongoing spread of Covid-19, please abstain from climbing outside.

At UKC we are all climbers and we understand the strong urge to be outdoors as the weather is finally improving, but we feel this is no longer socially acceptable. You can read our statement here.

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Climbs 141
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 125m a.s.l
Faces N

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Think Millstone x 2, splitter cracks & an esoteric slant...... © Rich Kirby

Crag features

Hoghton Quarry is probably one of the best gritstone quarries in the north of England. It would certainly not look out of place next to Millstone Edge. However, in recent years, restricted access has meant that it is rather overgrown in places. That said, it is well worth a visit. Slabs, walls and roofs abound and there are still a couple of obvious aid routes knocking around, complete with ancient aid tat. The whole experience is wrapped up in a hidden venue which would probably be quite familiar to Robin Hood. Williness to clean a route and a keen sense of adventure are required by this crag, but those who persist will be totally rewarded.

Approach notes

Access is restricted to the summer months. Bird restrictions may apply so please check the BMC access database for up-to-date information.
0830-1730 Sunday to Tuesday
0830-2100 Wednesday to Saturday

Access is sensitive so please do not climb outside these times.

Restricted Access

Following several years of negotiation with the landowner (the de Hoghton Estate), rock climbing is once again permitted at Hoghton Tower Quarry for BMC members. Please ensure you adhere to the following agreements or access could be lost:

  • The permitted climbing season runs from 1st June-31st August, Outside of these dates no access for climbing is allowed.
  • Peregrines often nest in the quarry and these permitted dates are likely to be further constrained by a climbing restriction whilst they are nesting - see the 'seasonal restrictions' section below for details.
  • Visiting times are limited, so please plan your climbing carefully: 0830-1730 Sunday to Tuesday and 0830-2100 Wednesday to Saturday.  
  • At the top of a route, descend to the left or right around the perimeter of the quarry - do not walk towards the Tower
  • No portable radios
  • Park considerately without causing any obstruction for local residents on Chapel Lane
  • Approach the quarry from the chapel, cross the railway bridge (towards Hoghton Tower) then go through the gate on the left immediately after the bridge. A muddy track then leads into the quarry. This avoids crossing the railway lines  

Remember that the continuation of climbing at Hoghton in future years depends upon our adherence to this agreement, so enjoy the fantastic climbing the crag has to offer and act responsibly.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 21 July

Reason: Nesting Birds

The restriction applies to the whole quarry and the progress of the birds will be monitored with restriction dates reviewed if the birds fledge early.


Open for climbing for 2019 from July 22nd 

2019 Update: the peregrines' first brood was unfortunatley predated, meaning they layed a second later than normal. The restriction has been extended into July with the current best gues as to when the young will fledge being 10th July, however that may change either way nearer the time when we will have a more accurate idea of when they will leave the nest.

18/7/17 Mandarin cleaned and climbed today. In very good condition. Boedica cleaned and climbed too. Still wet in bottom 3rd and needs some traffic but all vegetation taken out. Get to it!
biscuit - 18/Jul/17
Went today. First time at hoghton, it is amazing! Def worth a visit!
D.botts87 - 10/Jun/13
We couldn't find a sensible walk-off so we abseiled which seems a sensible option. We had exactly the opposite experience to that of "r fizzle". The whole place was cleaner than expected and can only improve with a little traffic during the brief access windows.
chrishedgehog - 30/Jul/12
Very dirty and green. I don't think many people have visited this summer. Mandarin looks to be the cleanest route but was still extremely sandy and crumbly and covered in bird poo.
Rachel Slater - 26/Jul/12
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Lamentably Gentlemanly
E5 6b **  
2 Getting Rid of the Albatross
E6 6c ***  
3 The Wasp
HVS 5a ** 21
4 The Sting
HVS 5a 4
5 Goulash
E1 5b 1
6 All Roads Lead to Rome
E5 6b *** 1
7 Boadicea
E2 5c *** 31
8 For God's Sake Burn it Down!
E4 6b *  
9 Every Face Tells a Story
HVS 5b ** 3
10 Thespis
HVS 4c, 4c * 8
11 Burning the Phoenix
E4 5b, 6a **  
12 Lady
HVS 4c, 5a * 3
13 Route One
VS 4b, 4c ** 21
14 Golden Delicious
E3 5c, 5c ***  
15 Golden Delicious Variation Start
E3 6a ***  
16 The Knickertwister
E5 6a, 6b **  
17 The Knickertwister Direct Start
E5 5c, 6b **  
18 On the Brink
E5 6a, 6b **  
Climb name Grade
19 Blind Eye
E5 6c *  
20 Let's Go Play
E5 6a *  
21 Ten Minute Traverse
E3 5b, 5c ** 6
22 Mandarin
E2 5b,5b *** 67
23 Patella E2 5b  
24 Twin Spikes
VD 9
25 Groove and Ledge
S 4a 13
26 Blunt Arete
E1 5b 3
27 Slanting Crack
E1 5b * 6
28 Partnership
VS 4c 2
29 Main Overhang
A1 3
30 Cave Route
HS 4b, 4a ** 26
31 Rhododendron Buttress
E2 5c *** 43
32 Finger Traverse
VS 5b * 11
33 Pandora's Box
E1 6a 3
34 Bowker's Crack
VS 4c * 10
35 Speech Impediment
E2 6b 4
36 Cyclops
VS 4c 1
Climb name Grade
37 Wobbling Groove
HVS 5b 1
38 Easy Route
D 9
39 Easier Route
D 3
40 Overhanging Cack
HVS 5b, 5a * 3
41 The Black Tripe Trip
E4 6b,6a 1
42 Drupe E1 5c 4
43 The Motorway
M 2
44 Lookout Ridge
D 3
45 Ouzo
D 2
46 Strega
VD 3
47 Advocaat
S 4a 4
48 Kummel
S 4a 6
49 Tia Maria
VS 4c 14
50 Goldwasser
VS 4b * 19
51 Slime Corner *
HVS 5a, 5a * 1
52 Sloe Gin * VS 4b * 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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