Climbs 155
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 399m a.s.l
Faces NW

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Classic evening soloing at Pule Hill Natural Edge © JEdmunds

Crag features

Pule provides a contrasting collection of lines. The extensive old quarry workings has some hard climbs on rock that is not always above suspicion. To the left and right, the natural outcrops offer routes in the lower grades. The crag, as with many in the area, has a unique character and history. The chimneys vent the Standedge railway tunnel and canal buried deep in the hillside beneath.

Pule is not hugely popular, a result of geography; if it was sat on the edge of the Burbage Valley, it would see many more visits. As it is, Pule Hill is a good choice on the right day.

The crag faces west and is at its best on late summer afternoons and evenings. The whole crag is windy and inclined to be green in winter.

Approach notes

Park in the long lay-by on the uphill side of the A62 between Marsden and Oldham, directly under the air shaft. Crossover the stile and follow the footpath for 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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