Holcombe Quarries

Cheddar Area

Two large limestone quarries with a mix of trad. and bolt protected routes - quick drying.

Crag information
Climbing Area: South West & Southern Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 54
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1994
Grid Reference: ST669477

Access to this site remains a contentious issue - despite repeated requests to the landowner for an access aggrement for climbers. Following a non-climbing fatality in 2003, the landowner remains concerned with insurance and liability issues and occasionally patrols the site - be prepared for being asked to leave.

Work has begun on the site development.  Gates are in place at both main entrances to Cooks Wood and Bector Wood Quarries.  Security guards prevent climbers, (and others) from entering either Quarry.  The police have been involved when local youth pressed for entry to the pool side.

Climbing therefore is no longer a practical possibility at Holcombe.

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Development work has started on a holiday village which will be built a across both Holcombe Quarries (Cookswood and Bector Wood) see https://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=289218 It is unlikely any climbing will be possible in future.
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Visited last night and found holiday village development is at the very front of cooks wood quarry the quarry further back is untouched and easily accessible and there are 2 sport routs with newish looking hangers in place and a crack climb that has had hangers removed but lower off left in place.