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Ashes Quarry

Co. Durham

Ashes Quarry is a large limestone quarry half a mile long, offering 15-20m sport routes in the low - mid grades. The rock is generally solid and is characterised by vertical walls and horizontal breaks, although some loose rock still exists so wearing a helmet is advised.

Crag information
Climbing Area: North East Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 112
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 2019
Grid Reference: NY9932639962

In September 2019 the landowner informed the BMC that he does not allow access for climbing and unfortunately attempts to negotiate access to the quarry were unsucessful. If you do decide to visit and are asked to leave, please be polite and leave as quickly as is safely possible.

Parking and Approach

There are a number of approaches into the quarry that follow public footpaths, however the recommended approach is from Stanhope.

Go past the market place and fire station and take a right turn which leads onto Church Lane. Park in the cemetery car park or on the verge of the road. The best footpath is just before the Methodist Church heading uphill. Follow the footpath through the gate and continue to the 2 bridges. The quarry is off to the left.

Alternatively park further along the road (High Street) and follow the footpath up the hill into the quarry. Take the path going left which joins the above approach below the two bridges.

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