Regional Access Database

Advice Cathedral Quarry (Black Hole Quarry)

Impressive slate quarry with spectacular climbing in a sunny location.

BMC Area Lake District Rock Type Slate
Climbing Area Dow, Duddon & Slate Access Status Advice
County Cumbria CRoW Land No
Importance Local No. of Routes 22
Ownership National Trust Year Developed 1981
Within National Park Yes Grid Reference NY314028

No restrictions for individual climbers.

The crag is owned and managed by the National Trust which has gone to considerable lengths to keep the quarry open for climbers. All group leaders must attend a safety briefing session - contact the National Trust property manager Jim Loxham on (015394) 41197 or email -

With implimentation of the CRoW Act (2000), many Lakes fells and crags now have an Open Access designation. They also have many nationally important bird and plant species dependant on inaccessible crags/ledges and heather/mixed heath environments for survival. During the bird nesting period, a number of species can be vulnerable to disturbance. The Lake District restrictions are monitored, variable (VR) and reviewed in April/May. If the birds do not nest, restrictions are lifted early. Check the BMC and FRCC websites in early May for details. New restrictions will be notified on the websites and with on-site notices. To view the BMC's Lake District Green Climbing Guide click this link:

This page was last updated on 28/08/2012. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.