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.
We have suspended the UKC Logbooks Top Ascents and Conditions pages and we will no longer accept ascents dated from 23rd March onwards. You can still upload your historic ascents.
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 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.
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 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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