Downholme Quarry

Co. Durham

Situated near the village of Downholme, and although small it has good quality climbing.

Crag information
Climbing Area: North East Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Ministry of Defence No. of Routes: 22
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1960
Grid Reference: SE113981

Statement from the owner:


Please note this is a naturally weathered quarry feature, which is neither inspected nor maintained.  A Dynamic Risk Assessment must be conducted before each use – in practice this means all climbers should visually assess the stability of the rock and the area around it, in the area they intend to climb. All climbers, especially those intending to lead or set up belays should inspect and carefully assess any fixed equipment prior to use on routes or as part of a belay. The user uses the facility at their own risk.

Updated arrangements for using the crag were confirmed in October 2023. Individuals wishing to use the crag must ring the Bookings Office on 01748 875507 to ensure the quarry is available.

Parking and Approach

Considerate parking is available in Downholme hamlet from where it is a short walk down a gated lane to the crag. Parking in the pub is reserved for customers.

CRoW Information

Not on access land.

Group Advice

A licence is required by groups wishing to use the quarry and can be obtained by contacting the Business Development Co-ordinator, Landmarc Support Services Limited, Tel: 07936 338952 / Email: Risk Assessments, Public Liability Insurance for no less than £5m and copies of instructors' qualifications are required together with payment of a fee of £210.00 inc VAT.  Usage fees also apply.  Licences are valid for 12 months.

The venue is fairly manageable for groups although there are only a few easy lines.

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