Altitude 86m a.s.l
SEASONAL BIRDS NESTING ON THE IRON HAWK, ROXY ISLAND AND CUTBLOCK BUTTRESS
PLEASE LOCK THE GATE AFTER YOURSELF
PLEASE VOTE ON THE GRADE SO UKC HAS A GENERAL CONSENSUS OF THE GRADE AND QUALITY OF ROUTE
The crag is an old quarry developed for climbing by Ian Rea, Calvin Torrens and Claire Sheridan. The descriptions and crag shots contained here are from An Ian Rea Facebook entry on Irish Climbers. The site has been used as a rubbish dump and has a Giant Hogweed problem AND BE AWARE IT IS VERY DANGEROUS IN CONTACT WITH SKIN.
Take the road from Newry to Ballyholland. This is at the roundabout in Newry, either just before the Warrenpoint junction, coming from Belfast, or just after the Warrenpoint junction, coming from Dublin. Go up Courtney Hill/Ballyholland Rd., turn right at Moorhill Rd. After about a quarter of a mile the houses on the right give way to fencing around the quarry. Park at the big, locked, double gates. There should be a combination padlock on the gates. The combination is 3544. You may park inside the gates, and also use the shelters in the yard at here.
Look round the gates on the left and walk over rightwards to find cliff. Access is down and left. It won't take much effort to find a tunnel in the gorse, cut by us, which gives easy access and simple scrambling down an easy angled buttress.
Alternatively you can keep left from the gates following the old quarry service road down. Then when it joins another track turn right and follow into the quarry past the SWAT airsoft hut and payment area.
Mountaineering Ireland is actively engaged with Newry, Mourne & Down District Council in relation to securing access for climbing at Moorhill Quarry. In the meantime climbing at Moorhill Quarry is as it is at other crags, the quarry is there, there is no formal access agreed for climbing, the only party that can stop people climbing is the Council that owns the quarry. Climbers are of course expected to act responsibly in terms of their own safety, and in their engagement with the quarry environment, with other users of the quarry and with the locals.
RKernan - 15/Aug/19
RKernan - 15/Aug/19
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