As the Covid-19 lockdown eases, access for climbing is opening back up, subject to some measures and restrictions depending on where you are going. Please make sure you have read and understood our current advice before heading out and apply it alongside RAD advice to ensure access issues don’t develop.

Hoghton Quarry


A large gritstone quarry with a history of sensitive access. Climbing is only allowed in a limited climbing season after the peregrines have fully fledged.

Crag information
Climbing Area: North West Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Estate No. of Routes: 129
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1940
Grid Reference: SD625264

The De Houghton Estate permit access to Hoghton Quarry for climbers who are BMC members, providing the agreement made with the Estate is followed. This agreement has come about following extensive negoitations and could be withdrawn if notadhered to, so please make sure you follow it closely to ensure continued access to the crag in the future.

  • The permitted climbing season runs from 1st June-31st August. Outside of these dates no access for climbing is allowed.
  • Follow the parking and approach description below carefully - in particular do not cross the railway line to access the quarry, only use the railway bridge.
  • 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

Restrictions apply from 1 March - 11 July.

Reason: Nesting Birds

The restriction applies to the whole quarry and the progress of the birds will be monitored with restriction dates reviewed if the birds fledge early.


2020 update: the birds are expected to have fledged and access open from 11th July 


Parking and Approach

  • Park considerately without causing any obstruction for local residents on Chapel Lane
  • Follow the agreed access route into the quarry

Group Advice

Unsuitable for groups.

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