Altitude 110m a.s.l
My Little Pony at Houghton's © vertigo
The Houghton rector, the Reverend John Grey, whose uncle was Earl Grey (PM from 1830 to 1834), campaigned for part of the old quarry to be consecrated as a new graveyard. The cemetery was later consecrated in September 1854. In total over 7,000 people are buried in the graveyard.
Descaribed as "Sunderland's premier sports crag" (quoting OTE).
Useful pics and details here
Free (old) mini-guide available from Climbonline here
From A660 Durham to Sunderland road, exit onto the roundabout and take the B1404 towards Seaham. Immediately on leaving hte roundabout take the first turn on the left into Elizabeth Street. Follow this uphill to the junction and go straight ahead. Then take the second street on the left and at the end, turn right into Sunderland Street. Drive up the hill to the end of the street and park on the left adjacent to Hillside farm. The punlic footpath leads through ther old cemetery gate. Follow this and the walls are soon visible.
The area below the crag is pleasent lawned although the paths to the buttresses can be nettle bound.
Climbers should remember that this is a burial ground and you are asked to be keep a low profile.
Climbers are reminded that they use the crag and the in situ protection at their own risk and may be asked to leave.
|The older belays are gradually getting new stainless steel rings to lower off.
RD - 18/Jun/22
RD - 18/Jun/22
|More info on surrounding the area can be found here:
Steve Crowe - 29/Jun/11
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