How to: Access Hoghton Quarry

Posted by Rob Dyer on 08/07/2020

The De Houghton Estate allow access to Hoghton Quarry for climbers, providing the agreement made with the Estate is followed. Continued access is dependant on all visiting climbers following this agreement carefully.

Approach & Parking

  • Park considerately without causing any obstruction for local residents on Chapel Lane
  • Approach from the chapel, cross the railway bridge towards Hoghton Tower, then go through the gate using 0369 as the combination code for the lock.
  • Go left immediately after the bridge and follow a muddy track into the quarry. This avoids crossing the railway line.

Access agreement

  • The permitted climbing season runs from 1st June-31st August, Outside of these dates no access for climbing is allowed.
  • Peregrines nest in the quarry and these permitted dates are likely to be further constrained by a climbing restriction whilst they are nesting - see the 'seasonal restrictions' section below for details.
  • Visiting times are limited, so please plan your climbing carefully: 0830-1730 Sunday to Tuesday and 0830-2100 Wednesday to Saturday. 
  • At the top of a route, descend to the left or right around the perimeter of the quarry - do not walk towards the Tower
  • No portable radios

Remember that the continuation of climbing at Hoghton in future years depends upon our adherence to this agreement, so enjoy the fantastic climbing the crag has to offer and act responsibly.


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