Restricted Access

All quarries that form Running Hill Pits are mapped as open access land with the exception of Quarry No 7 and 8. Access land gives a right of access on foot for quiet recreation, specifically including climbing as a permitted activity. The landowner is able to restrict access for up to 28 days at their discretion, but details of this must be notified on site and on the Natural England website (see 'CRoW Information' section below for more details).

Alternatively, a shoot may ask climbers to hold back temporarily whilst they move thorugh the area for safety reasons, after which you are able to access the area again. This approach is is only a slight inconvenience rather than a ban covering the whole day, so do what you can to work with the shoot.  

Climbers have experienced problems with being asked to leave at the crag, presumably by the landowner or one of his agents, but no details were given. If there are no temporary restrictions in place, you have a legal right to access the quarries and surrounding access land for climbing and walking. If asked to leave, please ask for the person's contact details and pass them onto the BMC access team.


Rockfax Description
Short but action packed. The thin leaning crack is an uphill struggle on thin-hand-jams and fat finger-locks though protection is superb; which way to face is the real conundrum. Most of the old wooden wedges that used to get in the way have now gone. © Rockfax

FA. Tony Howard (aid) 1962. FFA. Steve Bancroft 1972.


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User Date Notes
nigel baker 10 Feb, 2003 Show βeta
βeta: superb!!The lost art of hard crack climbing----Try training on a climbing wall for this beast!!!
Show beta
βeta: superb!!The lost art of hard crack climbing----Try training on a climbing wall for this beast!!!

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High E5
Mid E5
Low E5
High E4
Mid E4
Low E4
High E3
Mid E3
Low E3
Votes cast 15
High 6b
Mid 6b
Low 6b
High 6a
Mid 6a
Low 6a
High 5c
Mid 5c
Low 5c
Votes cast 13
Votes cast 14
Style of Ascent
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Flashed (β)
Ground Up
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Route of Interest
Isle of White

Grade: E4 6a ***
(Wilton 1)

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