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Climbs 121
Rocktype Granite
Altitude 210m a.s.l

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Elderberry Crack, Markfield Quarry. © Kingsjester

Crag features

Quarried hill top on two levels. Very amenable. Mostly slabby routes, some quite steep, the best of which is Weak Walk. Clint Maskell and Mike Adams have added many hard boulder problems. Some easier slabby bouldering can be found on Upper Betty's Slab.

Topo for the trad routes can be found on the online version of the old Leicestershire Climbs Guidebook; bouldering topo can be found on Leicestershire Bouldering.

Approach notes

Park courteously by St Michael's Parish Church on The Green, Markfield LE67 9WD. There is a car park on Hill Lane which initially seems much more suitable but be warned that many cars have been broken into and vandalised when parking here. From the church walk up Mill Hill Lane. Follow the footpath up the hill, when you see the information board on your left continue straight to descend into the quarry bowl.

Restricted Access

New safety signing has been erected indicating the site owners (Hickley & Bosworth Borough Council) now prohibit a number of recreational activities in the quarry - including climbing and abseiling. Despite an approach to the Council by the BMC to discuss their concerns and the unfortunate situation of public land having restricted access in an area where it provides an important public amenity, no contact from the Council has been forthcoming. If climbers do decide to access the crag and are asked to leave by the landower, please be polite and pack away as soon as is safely possible. 

Be careful of break-ins at the car park.

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