Staden Quarry

Peak Limestone

High quality trad limestone quarry in an idyllic setting. The rock on the classic routes resembles unquarried natural limestone with pockets, cracks and the odd bit of flowstone, which is a joy to climb on. Other sections are more typical of climbing in a Peak limestone quarry.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 100
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1966
Grid Reference: SK079723

The landowner have made the BMC aware that they do not support climbing at the quarry, as is evident from the on site signage.

Anyone choosing to climb please keep your impact low - park sensibly, remove litter, keep noise to a minimum and leave if requested to. Please report any significant nesting activity on routes to the BMC (particularly ravens, peregrines, or kestrels). 


Kestrels have previously been reported nesting at the left hand end of Joint Effort wall. No reports have been received to date this year.

Parking and Approach

Park considerately at the bend in the road in the village of Cowdale - don't block gates, driveways, or the road itself. Residents have expressed support for continued climber access.

Group Advice

Generally unsuitable due to the access. However the owner has stated that they will consider applications from groups if asked.

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Nest with chicks in at far left of joint effort wall. June 2022
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Kestrels still active in the nest. Woudl recommend avoiding liquid courage area.