Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 125m a.s.l
Think Millstone x 2, splitter cracks & an esoteric slant...... © Rich Kirby
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.
Access is very restricted. Climbing is only available from the beginning of June until the end of July.
Monday - Thursday until 5pm.
Friday - Sunday until dusk.
Bird restrictions may apply so please check the BMC access database for up-to-date information.
Access is sensitive so please do not climb outside these times.
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:
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.
Dates: 1 March to 30 June
Reason: Nesting Birds
The restrictrion applies to the whole quarry and the progress of the birds will be monitored with restriction dates reviewed if the birds fledge early.
|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