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.
April 2022 - access rep again reports problems caused by climbers outside the agreement, further jeopardising a delicate situation. Always check the RAD.
Due to a problem at Hoghton access has been suspended until things are resolved. Avoid Hoghton until further notice and let other climbers know. The previous coded lock has been replaced with a keyed lock. These problems were caused by climbers ignoring the previous agreement.
The De Houghton Estate permit access to Hoghton Quarry for climbers who are BMC members, providing the agreement made with the Estate is followed. This agreement has come about following extensive negoitations and could be withdrawn if not adhered to, so please make sure you follow it closely to ensure continued access to the crag in the future.
Dates: 2 July to 29 August
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.
2021 update - The peregrines were successful at Hoghton and have three chicks.