Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 170m a.s.l
Heighley Castle,Tier 1, Holds are cleaner than they actually look. © JamesM
This series of quarried vertical faces are relatively unused and not recommended for people living a great distance from it.
Much of the rock is coated in a green moss, but there are also some extremely clean, almost always dry, patches to be discovered.
The top of each buttress provides little protection for belaying/ difficult (overgrown) access. However, on dry days this crag is recommended for local climbers without access to the Peak district. Good bouldering & well worth making the effort if you want to top rope some of the better lines - Suicide Wall & Arete for example.
The standard/ easiest approach is to walk up the farmer's lane for about 100 metres after the wooden 5 bar gate. However, a bit of 'sneaky' bouldering is best approached from a careful parking spot further up the hill (past the gate) before the cottage on the L. Park sensibly & walk up the short hill - brings you out in the last quarry (excellent traverse on the main wall).
The main buttresses & climbs are off to the right - split into 4 bays, one after the other, the last being the largest affording the best (most secluded/ hidden) bouldering wall!
There is a much smaller section up to the left of the approach path, not so good really, & far more brittle overall.