Climbs 98
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 318m a.s.l
Faces SW

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First ascent of Hard Work © DIC

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A disused sandstone quarry, quick drying situated high up on the North Pennine moors. Even with close proximity to a major road it has a very wild and quiet feel. Although most of the finishes are loose there is much good rock here to climb. It is very accessible from the A68 and may be worth a visit if you are passing by either north or southwards. Local climbers will find this useful as an evening climbing venue or coupled with a visit to another crag within the area.

The crag is best treated as a bouldering venue and topping out is not advised. Instead either reverse the problem, escape left or right or if with mats then jump off.

Some of the problems are quite highball.

Approach notes

There are 3 alternative parking spots. Park in the High Houselope picnic site situated on the north side of the A68, The Lay By opposite the Picnic site on the south side of the A68 or at the point where the footpath meets the south side of A68 by a slight bend and by 2 houses, one house in construction. Take the footpath between the 2 house

Really nice little venue - roadside, sheltered, good quality rock. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. You can't see the quarry from the road but it's easy to find if you follow the directions.
Brendan - 21/Jul/20
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