Climbs 151
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 260m a.s.l
Faces SW

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Jason Pickles leads the classic Fork Lightening Crack, E2 5c, Heptonstall Quarry. © Alastair Lee

Crag features

Home of Forked Lightning Crack (E3 5c), the best crack on grit? Many high quality climbs on good rock. South-West Facing sun trap, good in winter after a few days sun. 

Approach notes

You can also get to the rocks from walking through the woods from bank foot - emerge from behind the houses at the bottom of the hill. Just follow the windy path up and it runs below the right hand outcrop on the main quarry.

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Guidebooks

Northern England

The book is a selected route and crag guide although it still manages to pack over 2350 routes between its covers, spread across 44 crags. The main focus is on routes of all grades from Moderate to E9, but the best bouldering is also described.
More info
More Guidebooks:
YMC Yorkshire Gritstone Vol 2 (2014)

Out of print:
Would it be worth putting some information regarding the crag on it's Crag Features section on the homepage? Right now it's just someone promoting their youtube video.
Steve Perry - 29/Aug/16
Sorry to post this on here, but thought it was best to warn people. Had my bag taken at the outcrop this evening. Gear appeared in the woods, obviously just wanted to money and bank card. Watch out and stay alert.
HannahGo - 17/Jun/16
A lovely spot on a summer's evening.
Becks87 - 28/Jun/15
An good spot with enjoyable climbs, its regularly climbed unlike many of the smaller quarrys in the area making the rock itself relatively clean.
agolay - 20/Sep/10
The directions in the Yorkshire Grit guide are a bit confusing - don't take the narrow 'walled path' next to the entrance to the social club car park, as this adds an extra 15 mins walkin! The crag is actually only a few mins from the car park - take the wider 'walled lane' opposite the car park, then turn left through the new housing estate to bring you to stone steps leading down to the crag.
Nick Smith - UKC - 04/Jun/06
hi,Its a worthwhile crag with good bouldering.
Geraldine Taylor - 07/Feb/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Scar Chips V6 * 5
2 Scar Chips Extention V7 * 3
3 ScarFace V6 6b 5
4 Scarface Sit Start V5 * 3
5 Scarface Extention V6 * 5
6 The real scarface * f7A 2
7 Pramface V4 6b * 4
8 Spamface V6 6b * 6
9 Spamface Extention V6 6b * 3
10 Scared Lip V7 * 2
11 demerera
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E4 6a ** 3
12 Strangers in the night (Heptonstall)
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HVS 2
13 Serenity heptonstall
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HVS  
14 Anticyclone * E4 6b * 2
  Just Jump Buttress
16 Feeding The Pony
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f6B  
17 Parasite
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VS 4c *  
18 Just Jump E4 6b ** 1
19 Farny's Wall
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f6B+  
20 Chockstone Chimney
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S 4a *  
21 Wormo
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E2 6a *  
22 Choobaa
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HVS 5b  
  Bouldering Buttress
24 Your Country Needs You
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f6A  
25 No Country For Old Men
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f5+  
26 Dingle
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f5  
27 Bumpkin
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f4+ 1
28 Dig For Victory
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f5+  
29 Show Me Show Me
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f4+ 1
30 Prolapsed
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f4+ 2
31 Prozac
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f4+ 1
32 Torture Chambers
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f6A+  
33 Matt's Crack
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f6A 1
34 9-11
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f7A  
  Overlap Buttress
36 Copout
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S 4b *  
37 It
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VS 5a  
38 Scoopy
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VS 4c  
39 Ecila
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E2 6a *  
40 Gnissim
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E3 6b *  
41 Bold
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E1 6a *  
  The Left-Hand Outcrop
43 Frilly Milly
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HS 4a *  
44 Smelly Nelly
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HVS 5b *  
45 Kassi
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MVS 4b 20
46 Nameless
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VD * 25
47 Windsong VS 4c 5
48 Whazzup Cozza
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HVS 5b *  
49 Lief Ericson
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E4 5c *  
50 Columbus
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VS * 6
51 Commitment
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E3 6a *  
52 Lumber Vertebrae VS 4c ** 53
53 Back 2 Thoracic Park HVS 5b 3
54 Short Back and Sides
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E2 5c * 3
Climb name Grade
  The Embankment
56 Curving Crack VS 4c * 332
57 Interlude HS 4a 22
58 Holdless E4 6a * 2
59 Main Line
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VS 4c 169
60 Haboob
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HS 4c 21
  The Red Wall
62 Climb and Tick Conditions
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E3 6a *  
63 Vertical Speed E7 6c * 3
64 Hard Line E5 6b * 13
65 Thin Red Line E1 5b *** 308
66 Anticyclone E5 6b * 1
67 Demerara E4 6a * 48
68 Brown Sugar E2 5c * 73
69 Badlands E4 6b * 2
70 Technical Dancer V7 6c ** 4
71 Pulpit Route HVS 5a ** 91
72 Pulpit Route Direct
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E1 5c 3
73 The Blue Bus
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E6 6b *  
74 A Step in the Light Green E6 6b ** 18
75 Orange Crush E6 6b * 5
76 Agent Orange E6 6a ** 2
77 Cream E4 6a * 10
78 The Shadowline E6 6b ** 1
  The Yellow Wall
80 Trepidation VS 4c * 103
81 Fairy Steps Direct VS 4c ** 238
82 Fairy Steps HS 4b *** 354
83 Strange Brew E2 5c 1
84 Chasing The Storm
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E6 6b  
85 Skullduggery E3 6a ** 2
  Forked Lightning Crack
87 Forked Lightning Crack E2 5c *** 139
88 The Knight Bus E4 5c ** 1
89 Midnight Lightning
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E5 6b * 2
90 Bull's Crack HVS 5a *** 371
91 Fork 'n Sheet E2 5c 3
92 Senility HVS 5b * 284
93 Binjurry
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E2 5c  
94 Grindleys Grunt HVS 5b 48
95 Boo Boo's Roof E2 6b * 2
96 Monkey Puzzle HVS 5a 15
97 No Safely or Surprise E5 6b * 1
98 Grindley's Senile Bull VS 4c/5a 2
  Lower Quarry
100 Choose Life E1 5b  
101 I Chose not to Choose Life E1 6a *  
102 Sunstroke Slab
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HS 4b * 59
103 Heatwave
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E2 5b ** 11
104 Triplex Direct
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E1 5b * 37
105 Big Ben E3 5c  
106 Poundstretcher E3 5c 2
107 Out on a Limb
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E3 5c ** 3
108 Triplex
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E1 5b *  
109 Man of God
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HVS 5b  
Climb name Grade
110 Cup and Lip
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E3 6a  
111 Big Do's Little Do's
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E4 6a **  
112 Sue
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VS 4c 5
113 Earthshrinker
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E2 5c *  
114 Scorpion
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S 17
  The Black Wall Area
116 Wasp Wall
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MVS 4b  
117 Sacrifice
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HVS 5b  
118 Drainpipe Groove
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HVS 5a  
119 Trespasser
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E2 5c * 1
120 Flash Gordon
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E1 5c *  
121 Hesperus S 3
122 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
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E2 5c *  
123 Walking on Air
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VS 4c  
124 Fraternity S 3
125 Fallout
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HVS 5a *  
126 An Unearthly Proposition
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HVS 5a  
  The Cubic Block
128 Lefty
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f5+ 5
129 Middle Ground
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f5+ 5
130 Groovy HVS 5b  
131 Paul's Wall
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f7B+  
132 Heppy Traverse f7A 9
  The Right-Hand Outcrop
134 NVQ VD 4a 4
135 Nutian Jamb
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HVD 20
136 The Corner
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HVD 46
137 The Benefits of a Blinkered Mind VS 5a 1
138 Sentinel Crack
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HVD 4a * 59
139 Sentinel Wall VS 5b * 47
140 Peepod
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D 3c * 53
141 The Left Arete
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MVS 4c * 49
142 Mille Feuille
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MVS 4c 108
143 I Meet Men on the Internet VS 5b 5
144 The Mitre
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S 4a 77
145 Descent Chimney
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M 30
146 Afro With a Chin Strap
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HVS 5c 9
147 The Chimney
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VD * 73
148 Miss Rags-Tantric Mistress Of Mazland
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E4 6b * 14
149 Dogged Arete E1 5b ** 5
150 Third and Final
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f6B+  
151 Derby Day Delight E2 5c *  
152 Dog with Two tails
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HVS 5a * 35
153 Stranger In The Woods
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HVS 5a * 19
154 Pocket Wall
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VS 4b * 100
155 Heather Wall VS 4c 6
156 Scarab
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S 35
157 Coat of Arms Chimney
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D 20
158 Badge Climb
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HVD 4a * 48
159 Main Buttress
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HD 3b * 40
160 Main Buttress Arete HVD 3
161 Six Bees or More * f6B+ 1
162 Slum Face * f6A+ 1
163 Bum Face * f6C+ 1
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