Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 274m a.s.l
Craig Bailey crimping hard on Dragon's Route (E3 5c*), Hobson Moor Quarry. © Architectonic
Once a bit of a dump (and also used as a dumping ground) the quarry has been cleaned up, landscaped and now provides a valuable resource for local climbers, thanks to the far-sighted attitude of Tameside Council. A good roadside venue with a variety of boulder problems and routes across the grades.
The quarry is quite sheltered from the wind, does not tend to seep, and dries quickly after rain. The walls face south and southwest and it is often possible to chase some sun or shade. 'Hobby Moor' is the perfect spot for an evening workout.
From the A6018 Mottram to Stalybridge road, take the minor road opposite a set of new build flats for 500m keeping left at any junction. Park next to the quarry.
The Peak Bouldering Rockfax is a massive book covering a huge area including all the main bouldering venues of the Peak District. It includes many more low-grade problems than have ever been documented before including 17 circuits with problems at V0+ 5a and under, and a further 21 circuits with problems at V2 5c and below.
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