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Masson Lees Quarry

Peak Limestone

A secluded and quiet limestone quarry above Matlock with plenty of bolted sports routes and dry tooling lines in the cave at the back of the quarry.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Unknown No. of Routes: 88
Within National Park: No Year Developed:
Grid Reference: SK2881658971

Extensive groundworks have taken place in the quarry itself in recent years, but to date there have been no changes to access for climbers. 

Parking and Approach

The broad entrance to the dirt track on the left is a bit after the left turn off for Masson Leys farm, and has parking on the right hand side of the road, just before the road goes back to a very narrow single track again. Keep left over the gate and follow the ruts from the old quarrying lorries.
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I was climbing here on Saturday. When we were leaving the police arrived telling us the place was private & we shouldn't be there. Then they said there was a suspicious package reported hence why they were here & proceeded to take our names. I suspect they only took our names in case they come back & they've already told us it's private & have our names.
The groundworks have apparently restarted, with one mineshaft already blocked and more heavy equipment operating on site. The DCA are currently following up on this. (Info from a UKC forum post!
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i was climbing here in the 7/11/2020. on "A life of grim i kicked a rock out of a wall around the 4th bolt after taking a 2.5m. whipper

*unrelated* - we witnessed somebody climb above the anchor attempting to top out further left along the wall as we were. he lost footing and kicked a boulder about half his belayers height down. no one was hurt apart from his pride and relationship.