Plump Hill Quarry

Wye Valley & Forest of Dean

Slabby traditional sandstone within a large oval quarry forming part of a SSSI on the outskirts of Plump Hill. 

Crag information
Climbing Area: South West & Southern Rock Type: Sandstone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Forestry Commission No. of Routes: 16
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1988
Grid Reference: SO661168

Forestry England own the quarry and are supportive of climbing here, providing the following agreement is adhered to:

  • No bolting (the single bolt placed prior to this agreement will hopefully be removed if possible without causing damage, otherwise the hanger will be removed)
  • No drytooling
  • Belay stakes will be placed at the top of the crag - anyone using the stakes must take individual responsibility to check its quality before committing to use it. Forestry England are not responsible for the safety of stakes or any other in situ equipment on the crag.
  • Forestry England will maintain public access with paths through the vegetation as part of their SSSI management. 

Parking and Approach

At the top of the hill 1 mile west of Mitcheldean there is a signpost left to "The Wilderness", take the track opposite and park carefully.
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Anonymous User
15/09/2019
All of the belay stakes have been removed.
Anonymous User
18/09/2019
Heard from a local today that fencing has been inproved and belay stakes removed. Not verified. 18/09/19
Anonymous User
07/10/2019
Belay stakes have all been removed.
Anonymous User
05/04/2021
Found Forestry England sign on approach stating site is an SSSI and no climbing allowed.
Anonymous User
09/04/2021
There's a forestry commission sign saying no climbing as its a SSSI sitr. Theres new fencing up and gates
Anonymous User
11/04/2021
New signs have been put up by forestry commission saying climbing not allowed
Anonymous User
20/04/2021
Visiting the quarry yesterday, 19/4/21, we noticed signs saying that climbing in the quarry is not allowed. Furthermore, the iron stake belays on the top of the main slab have all been removed. Muny
Anonymous User
11/10/2021
Please update this status, I spoke to the land owners via email and climbing is not permitted, they also have an SSSI for the rock face and bog, at the bottom of the rock.