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Wilton Quarries, Lancashire - For Sale!

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Lord_ash2000 broke the news on Friday that the Wilton Quarries in Lancashire are up for sale. Wilton overlooks Egerton, just north of Bolton and is home to over 200 routes in four quarries with a range of good intermediate routes and hard crack lines, from 999 (HS 4b) to Master Spy (E4 6b). It is an important national climbing area with a particular relevance to those in the North West.

The Wilton quarries are owned by United Utilities and are split into two lots for sale; Wilton One with a guide price range of £30,000-£40,000 and Wilton Two, Three and Four with a guide price range of £15,000 - £25,000.

In an active discussion at the UKClimbing.com forums people are suggesting that the BMC buy the quarries www.ukclimbing.com/forums

Sounds like the BMC were taken unawares, but are now on the case.

UPDATE 24.09.07: by Guy Keating at the BMC website

"Naturally, the BMC are concerned with the potential implications of this development and have arranged to meet with a representative of United Utilities on Tuesday 25th September. Watch this space for an update after our meeting."


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21 Sep, 2007
What are the chances of all this being turned into housing estates?
21 Sep, 2007
Mmmm. Worrying.
21 Sep, 2007
the advert mentions 'a variety of leisure uses'.
21 Sep, 2007
I really hope not. Wilton 1 seems a bit Inaccessible by road for houses, and I wouldn’t fancy a house in wilton 3 as its too enclosed and dank. Wilton two on the other hand is next to the road has flat ground so you never know. It does say though that “The site is considered suitable for a variety of leisure uses, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents. Bolton Council” Not sure what “leisure uses” they are thinking off but climbing had best be one of them.
21 Sep, 2007
Yes, and money talks. If the council or Water Authority was given enough then I'm sure that planning could be given for other uses. :-(
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