Regional Access Database

Restrictions/ Sensitive Access 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.

BMC Area North West Rock Type Gritstone
Climbing Area North Lancashire Access Status Restrictions/ Sensitive Access
County Lancashire CRoW Land No
Importance Local No. of Routes 129
Ownership Estate Year Developed 1940
Within National Park No Grid Reference SD625264

Rock climbing is permitted at Hoghton Tower Quarry for BMC members (and members of affiliated climbing clubs) for a limited period from 1st June - 31st August in 2014. Peregrines often nest in the quarry and these permitted dates may be further constrained by a seasonal nesting restriction - if this is the case the restriction dates will be advertised separately in the 'seasonal restrictions' section of this page - see below.

The crag is owned by the de Hoghton Estate and has a history of access difficulties - no access is permitted by the Estate at any other time of year outside of the dates above. Please ensure you adhere to the following agreements or access could be lost:

1. Climbers can visit the quarry from 8.30 am, but must leave by 5.30 pm – so please plan your climbing carefully. Between Wednesday and Saturday this time is extended to 9.00 pm.
2. When you have reached the top of a climb, please descend to the left or right around the perimeter of the quarry (i.e. do not wander up towards the Tower).
3. Do not use portable radios.
4. Park considerately without causing any obstruction for local residents on Chapel Lane.
5. Please approach the quarry from the chapel, cross the railway bridge (i.e. 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 your climbing and act responsibly.

Restrictions apply from  1 March - 9 July. Reason - Nesting Birds

July 2014 update: the crag is now open for climbing until 31st August.

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

Unsuitable for groups.

This page was last updated on 10/07/2014. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.