As the Covid-19 lockdown eases, access for climbing is opening back up, subject to some measures and restrictions depending on where you are going. Please make sure you have read and understood our current advice before heading out and apply it alongside RAD advice to ensure access issues don’t develop.

Witches' Quarry


Good quality venue with strong lines. It is crucial that climbers adhere to the access agreement below to maintain access to the crag - in particular no dogs should be taken to the crag and careful parking is required to prevent conflict with local residents.

Crag information
Climbing Area: North West Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 80
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1968
Grid Reference: SD808443

The owner of Witches Quarry has banned climbing in the past. However, access has been restored thanks to negotiation and agreed guidance for climbers. There have been a number of complaints from local residents over the parking situation and reports suggest climbers drive up to the quarry, find the limited parking there is full, turn round, and drive away to park elsewhere - all in front of local houses. Access may be lost if this situation is not addressed. It is essential that climbers follow the approach/parking information and adhere to the following when visiting the crag: 

  • Parking limited to 10 cars INSIDE the quarry. Do not park on roadside as this may attract non climbers.
  • Do not perform 3 point-turns in the driveways of local buildings - if you need to turn around, go further on the road and turn at the T-junction.
  • Dogs are not permitted.
  • Please use the cliff top belay anchors and do not walk back into the field to belay (hay crop during mid May - mid July approx).
  • Do not light any fires in the quarry.
  • Since re-opening the quarry has become very popular in the summer months - avoid large club meets during this period.
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