Witches' Quarry - access issue.

Posted by Guy Keating on 12/05/2009
Witches' panorama Credit. Sandy Wilson

The BMC has received reports that climbers cars are resulting in access problems at this popular Lancs. limestone quarry.

The crag is easily accessible and home to a spectrum of quality routes, however there very limited parking at the quarry and the owner banned climbing at one point largely due to the impact cars were having on local residents.
 

The BMC managed to restore agreed access with an understanding that visitors adhered to specific guidance on car parking and behavior in the quarry.

All has been well for a number of years, but the situation appears to be getting out of hand again with climbers driving up to the quarry to find the limited parking is full, turning around, and driving away to park elsewhere - all in front of local residential housing. There is the real threat that access will be lost if this situation is not addressed.
It is therefore essential that climbers stick to the following approach/parking information;

Park in the ample lay by at the foot of the hill approx. 500m down the lane towards Downham - it is only a 5 minute walk to the crag from here. Try and car share where possible.  Limited parking (10 cars max.) is available in the quarry - but this should only be used if the large lay by is full.

Under no circumstances should climbers park on the roadside near the entrance gate - this can obstruct farm vehicles and other motorists.

In addition:

1. Dogs are not permitted.

2. 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).

3. Do not light any fires in the quarry.

The quarry is popular in the summer months - large club meets may not be a good idea during this period.



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