Following several years of negotiation with the landowner (the de Hoghton Estate), rock climbing is once again permitted at Hoghton Tower Quarry for BMC members. Please ensure you adhere to the following agreements or access could be lost:
The permitted climbing season runs from 1st June-31st August, Outside of these dates no access for climbing is allowed.
Peregrines often 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
Park considerately without causing any obstruction for local residents on Chapel Lane
Approach the quarry from the chapel, cross the railway bridge (towards Hoghton Tower) then go through the gate on the left immediately after the bridge. A muddy track then leads into the quarry. This avoids crossing the railway lines
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.
Restrictions apply from
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.
Open for climbing for 2019 from July 22nd
2019 Update: the peregrines' first brood was unfortunatley predated, meaning they layed a second later than normal. The restriction has been extended into July with the current best gues as to when the young will fledge being 10th July, however that may change either way nearer the time when we will have a more accurate idea of when they will leave the nest.