Altitude 155m a.s.l
It felt a bold lead with the nuts in the lower half and cams in the middle. Kc lead with just the 2 bolts... exciting lead. © Robin Jones
Shakemantle Quarry is a Trad Venue that was first developed in 1988. It is a large, fairly open, west facing, 2-tiered limestone quarry on the east side of Ruspidge Road. The rock is quick drying in summer, but can be greasy in winter, especially on the Lower Lift. Some of the climbs on the Lower Lift are not suitable for the faint hearted, due to areas of rock instability.
Quarrying operations ceased circa 1970, and trees and vegetation have been taking over ever since.
From Cinderford follow the Ruspidge Road south and take the last turning on the left into Tramway Road. This turning is located at a small converted chapel, just before 2 pubs (The New Inn and Rising Sun), and almost opposite a red telephone box. Follow Tramway Road to find a discreet location to park. The lay-by at the end of the road is used as a turning space and is best avoided.
To approach the bottom of the Upper Lift follow the horizontal track from the end of Tramway Road into the quarry. To approach the bottom of the Lower Lift follow the above track for a few metres, then take a right fork down into the base of the quarry.
Restrictions apply from 1 March - 15 July due to nesting birds. See the BMC access notes for more details.
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