Hoghton Quarry


A large gritstone quarry with a history of sensitive access. Climbing is only allowed in a limited climbing season after the peregrines have fully fledged.

2021 update - climbing normally only available for parts of July and August - NOW PAUSED. 

Two climbers ignoring the access agreements led to immediate suspension of the agreeemnt of for 2021. Access being reviewed and still under negotiation. If and when access resumes, it is critical that climbers follow the agreement and maintain the highest standards. 

Crag information
Climbing Area: North West Rock Type: Gritstone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Estate No. of Routes: 129
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1940
Grid Reference: SD625264

22 July 2021

Due to a problem at Hoghton access has been suspended until things are resolved. Avoid Hoghton until further notice and let other climbers know. The previous coded lock has been replaced with a keyed lock. These problems were caused by climbers ignoring the previous agreement.


The De Houghton Estate permit access to Hoghton Quarry for climbers who are BMC members, providing the agreement made with the Estate is followed. This agreement has come about following extensive negoitations and could be withdrawn if not adhered to, so please make sure you follow it closely to ensure continued access to the crag in the future.

  • The permitted climbing season runs from 1st June-31st August. Outside of these dates no access for climbing is allowed.
  • Follow the parking and approach description below carefully - in particular do not cross the railway line to access the quarry, only use the railway bridge.
  • Peregrines nest in the quarry and these permitted dates are likely to be further constrained by a climbing restriction whilst they are nesting - see the 'seasonal restrictions' section below for details.
  • Visiting times are limited, so please plan your climbing carefully: 0830-1730 Sunday to Tuesday and 0830-2100 Wednesday to Saturday.  
  • At the top of a route, descend to the left or right around the perimeter of the quarry - do not walk towards the Tower
  • No portable radios

Please note that any visitors will need to know the access code to get past a locked gate.

Parking and Approach

  • Park considerately without causing any obstruction for local residents on Chapel Lane
  • Follow the AGREED ACCESS ROUTE into the quarry

Group Advice

Unsuitable for groups.

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The combination padlock has been replaced with a key padlock. So how do we gain access now? Or has access been revoked?