Altitude 399m a.s.l
Eyeing up the crux © Nicholas Livesey
A cliff with two contrasting sets of climbs. In the centre are the extensive and impressive old quarry workings, which offer some hard climbs on rock that is not always above suspicion. To the left and right are the natural outcrops that offer more good routes, many in the friendlier lower grades. The cliff is not hugely popular, a sad accident of geography; if it was sat on the edge of the Burbage Valley, it would see ten times the user visits. As it is, Pule Hill is a good choice (on the right day) for somewhere a little different.
The crag faces west and is at its best on late sumemr afternoons and evenings. The whole crag can be windy and is inclined to be green in the winter.
There is a long lay-by on the uphill side of the A62 between Marsden and Oldham, directly under the quarry and the chimneys that vent the railway tunnel and canal buried deep in the hillside. The crag is reached in a steep 10 minute grind via the old quarry inclines.
|Excellent location, catches the sun in afternoon and evening. Good rock with very little signs of polish, easy access from A62.
As others have mentioned it's windy, even on hot days. Also must hold the record for most sheep droppings per square foot. Some of the routes may be a bit undergraded,(more so than Almscliff), so watch out.
Ridge - 24/Jul/06
|Crackin' crag, easy access, good grit both natural and quarried. Excellent evening crag, quick run up the hill and away you go. Nice soloing, good landings !!! Windy but thats good because when surrounding crags are wet Pule Hill tends to be dry..Lots of star'd routes, evenings craggin', nice views, few pints at Carriage House pub afterwards, a good gritstone evening!!
Phil Davies - 15/Feb/05
|Why is this in the Lancs guide? its in Yorkshire!
Its a bleak old place & cold!
Simon - 01/Jan/05
|Windy! Very, very Windy!
chris tan - 09/Jan/04
|Now if I weasn't an adopted Geordie I'd be offended. Pule Hill is Yorkshire Territory, Huddersfield to be exact (born and bred there).
Some good climbing if you're not looking for anything too extreme. Protection on most routes is good (try left and right unconquerables and Scott's wall). Get's a bit windy on top so take a fleece.
Access is excellent, park at bottom of crag, 10 min walk on footpath to faces (steep hill, good for scrambling up too).
Usually a few climbers there, not many groups, nice and isolated. Watch out for dead sheep in the belay areas!
Oh and its windy on the top!
Mark Laverick - 09/Jan/04
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