Climbs 114
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 432m a.s.l
Faces N

View Stats

Alex on Cool Man's Wall © grubes

Crag features

Shooter's Nab is a long-abandoned quarry overlooking the town of Marsden, to the southwest of Huddersfield. The quarry is very extensive and would make one of the most impressive venues hereabouts.

The crag faces due north and is at its best on warm summer evenings or as an escape from the heat of summer. A few of the buttresses protrude far enough to catch the afternoon sun and  The Rostrum is the most notable of these. The crag is green and unattractive in the winter and best avoided.

Approach notes

Either approach is 30-minutes.

Park by the SE corner of Deer Hill Reservoir before the gate. The road is private (water board) but the local dog walkers and bird watchers use it.

Clockwise approach

Pass through the gate and over a short stone wall, an old quarry track can be taken which handrails the fence

Anticlockwise approach

Pass through the gate and stick to the main path around the resevoir and shooting range. Head up the hillside via a steep footpath. Best for touring the whole crag.

Alternatively, park on the side of the A6107 Meltham Road, just east of Marsden and follow the public right of way to the old quarry road.

Restricted Access

Part of the crag falls within the fall of shot zone for the rifle rage below the crag run by Lydgate Rifle & Pistol Club and frequently used by Police firearms units, so it is very important that all visiting climbers understand the access agreement for their own safety:

  • From The Rostrum rightwards inclusive, falls outside of the fall of shot zone and is on Open Access land, meaning there is free and open access to this part of the crag at all times.
  • Left of The Rostrum is the fall of shot zone from the rifle range below where large calibre firearms are frequently used. For safety reasons, access is only allowed to this part of the crag (and Deer Hill Moss behind) on Friday after 6pm year round when shooting should not be happening.
  • With that said, if red flags are flying on a Friday evening, don't chance it and stray into the fall of shot zone. Likewise, shooting can take place at any time during the day, so just because shooting isn't happening when you turn up, don't be tempted to use the left side of the crag on other days.
As others have said, would recommend not driving through the green gate, unless you want locking in and to cause a fuss. A friendly chap from the gun club chatted with us on the way in and we parked further back near a widening (there was only us in a little car but not sure if more people doing this would create friction, as it's a private road and close to someones driveway). Looks like the house has just been sold so unsure how pissy the new owners are. Gun chap said we would be fine but dont take my word for it. Better parking further out and walking 10mins more. If red flags are flying then you have to walk anti-clockwise round the reservoir. If it's clear then go over the stone stile and up the steep path next to the fence then along to the quarry.
PaulJepson - 13/Aug/23
I think the RAD is somewhat OTT when it says "large calibre weapons are frequently used". That refers to police firearms training which clearly involves high calibre weapons, rather than the regular gun club members' weapons. There is often little shooting going on at the club for weeks on end so routes to the left of The Rostrum are absolutely possible to climb at other times of the week than just "after 6pm" on a Friday. Pay attention to the red flags, maybe chat to the guy at the lodge and be prepared to move if shooting looks like it is about to happen.
Frank the Husky - 16/Dec/22
Gate on the road leading to the gun club locked (two non-combination padlocks) yesterday. No evidence of the waymarking mentioned in Over The Moors on the approach path either.
cheque - 15/Dec/19
I had the same experience as Philip
Cake - 15/May/19
Had trouble attempting to park at the gun club on 27/02/19, in that the access gate was locked with two padlocks. Didn't notice them to be combination locks as another commenter has mentioned but regardless it meant we had to drive around to Marsden and walk up from there which was fine and added only maybe 10/15 minutes on. Can anyone confirm access arrangements via the gun club?
mrphilipoldham - 28/Feb/19
If climbers wish to park at the gun club there is a locked gate with a combination lock and I was told by gun club members that if I wished to enter I had to contact the BMC for the code. Also members of the gun club seem to be under the impression that Shooter's Nab can only be accessed by members of the BMC.
Deezel65 - 27/Jun/15
Ricochet Wall and Sweatyman are the best routes in the Huddersfield area and stand up to anything in the Peak.
Hardonicus - 15/Aug/08
This is where it all started for me back in about 1974. Although only a small section feels properly crag like, this palce has lots of atmosphere and some good routes. A classic at what was VD but is now HS is Rifleman\'s Chimney (I used to do it as a multi pitch as we were using short polypropolene ropes!!!). Also recommnded is Sweatyman which was VS+ which inludes a stomach traverse. Not sure about access these days, but am about to re-visit.
mike newman - 13/Aug/02
Login as Existing User to add your comments

Climbs at this crag

Name Grade Stars Type Logs Partner Ascents
Please Login or Register to log routes or add them to your wishlist
These climbs you have climbed clean.
These climbs you have climbed by seconding or top-roping.
These climbs you have Dogged.
These climbs you Did not Finish.
Climbs are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate. Climbs can't be verified by a crag moderator, and they need more information to confirm it. Climbs are no longer climbable.

Moderators Updates to this page are checked by UKC volunteers mrphilipoldham and elliotlukeb

Loading Notifications...