Harpur Hill

Peak Limestone

This complex area of quarries is one of the best and most popular of its type in the area with a host of routes in the low to mid grades up to 25m in length. There is no formal right to climb here - if you are approached by the landowner and asked to leave, please do so courteously.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 322
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1960
Grid Reference: SK063707

The rock varies in character from typically quarried on the lower tier through to more abrasive rock on the upper tier where blasting has uncovered large tracts of calcite-encrusted rock which almost feels like natural limestone. As with most quarries, extra vigilance needs to be exercised by both climber and belayer here given the blasting activity which has created potential for loose rock.

Don't swim in the bright blue toxic pool (as if you needed telling)!

Parking and Approach

Parking is very limited in this area and there have been previous issues with security guards. Careful parking is essential to prevent conflict with the landowner and local residents, with three possible parking locations:

  • Industrial estate parking: from Harpur Hill village take Grinlow Road for 250m and turn into the industrial estate. Head uphill past a sharp bend at 300m and continue for another 200m to a bus stop on the left. There is room for 6 carefully parked cars here off the road. Walk back to the sharp bend and go through a metal gate to follow a footpath along the edge of a field. After 200m go up the banking on the right to gain the main quarry track leading to the rocks in 10 minutes. 
  • Pub parking: park on the road alongside the Parks Inn, walk up Fiddle Street and into the fields behind the houses. Here a footpath leads across the fields that joins the previous approach just before the banking. Alternatively you can go left to the College Buttress and Dark Side Lower.
  • Hillhead Lane parking: take this small road off Burlow Road at the south end of the village. Follow it for 200m to park on the verge before the Tarmac sign. Follow the bridleway to Dark Side Lower in 15-20 minutes.
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Hillhead Lane is best now for parking.
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Currently there are serious access problems due to "Covid day trippers" causing public nuisance.
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It is highly advisable to stay away from Harpur Hill Quarry at the moment. High numbers of visitors to the "Blue Lagoon" have been causing major issues in the village. Bad feeling towards the visitors- who continue to visit the quarry, causing problems with parking and anti-social behaviour - could easily spill over to include climbers.
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The area has been covered in pig slurry (19/06) and local residents have been advised by the police to leave all rubbish in-situ to deter anti-social visitors.
Please be careful to park respectfully. The locals have asked that all litter be left until the end of summer, when they will arrange a big clean up. The will ask for the cooperation of climbers both in not cleaning and to volunteer when they do clean. I have suggested that they contact the BMC Area and also post on UKC with further information. The large flat area around the black lagoon has also been spread with farm slurry to make it less attractive and that will be topped up at regular intervals. If you see any form of criminality, especially drug abuse please call the police urgently.
Anonymous User
In Cairn area, there is a bird's nest at the top of the first wide crack on Ground and Pound 6a. Initially I thought nest was old but birds ver deep in the crack started chirping. Maybe best avoid this route.
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Jackdaws nesting on long wall in the flake on the pillar walk, 5c