Rock Climbing at Hoghton Tower Quarry

Posted by Cath Flitcroft on 24/06/2010

The Peregrines have now bred successfully and climbing can resume at Hoghton from Sunday, June 6th to Sunday July 25th, 2010 at new, extended times.

Rock climbing is permitted at Hoghton Tower Quarry for BMC members and members of affiliated climbing clubs from Sunday, June 6th to Sunday July 25th, 2010. Climbers must NOT climb or visit the quarry at any other time, because this will disrupt wildlife and other activities in, or around, the quarry.

Please note the following change to the approach to the quarry, which avoids crossing the railway and which should now be used: From the chapel, cross the railway bridge (i.e. towards Hoghton Towers) then go through the gate on the left immediately after the bridge. A muddy track then leads into the quarry.

I am pleased to report that the peregrines have bred successfully and have now fledged, so climbing should not disturb the wildlife.

Please observe the following conditions when visiting the quarry.

1. Climbers can visit the quarry from 8.30 am, but must leave by 5.30 pm – so please plan your climbing carefully. Between Wednesday and Saturday this time is extended to 9.00 pm.

2. When you have reached the top of a climb, please descend to the left or right around the perimeter of the quarry (i.e. do not wander up towards the Tower).

3. Do not use portable radios.

4. Park sensibly without causing any obstruction on Chapel Lane.

Thanks for keeping away during the breeding season, but remember that the continuation of climbing at Hoghton in future years depends upon our adherence to this agreement. So enjoy your climbing and act responsibly.

Les Ainsworth (BMC Access Rep.)
 



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