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Brown Hill Quarry


Brown Hill Quarry
Grid Reference: NZ 468 505

Situation and Character
A small quarry situated on the Blakey Ridge road, around 1.5 miles out of Castleton as the road arcs leftwards around 'Brown Hill'. An easterly aspect affords pleasant views of Danby Dale and can provide shelter from the sun or a westerly. The main wall of the quarry achieves a height of around 7m. It is compact and composed of good quality clean sandstone. The very top of the buttress is loose-looking and heathery, but actually quite ok. The quarry floor provides flat, hard landings.

Unknown prior to 2006/7 but presumably saw some interest?
Franco and I climbed on this around 2006/7 doing a lot of routes on the flanks, some of which are pleasant and worth doing in the 3c to 5a category. I also soloed 'Brown Hill Wall' and graded it HVS 5b!
Sam Marks bouldered out the central wall in 2011. We returned in early July, 2012 and soloed the three lines of the main face.

The quarry can be regarded as roadside, with it being visible on the hillside from the road. Park at one of two large laybys, often host to in-situ picnickers, before a 1 minute or less approach up the heathery bank side!

The Climbs
The climbs are described left to right.

The Main Wall

1. Central Wall 7m E2 5c (Font 6a)
Climb the main wall of the quarry starting at a good hand hold found just right of a thin crack. Trend right towards the top and finish via capping stones above the right side of the buttress. The crux is at the start, but interest is maintained throughout. An excellent jug is found at 2/3 height and provides a logical finish when bouldering.
Dave Warburton, Franco Cookson (Both Solo) 3/7/2012

2. Sam's Wall 7m E3 6b (Font 6c) *
Attack the main wall direct, starting at a head height flake/sidepull. Finish at the 2/3 jug or continue to the top, finishing right via capping stones.
Sam Marks 2011

3. Brown Hill Wall 7m E2 5c (Font 6a+) *
Start at a square cut side pull and climb direct via positive holds, until a long reach leads to the capping stones. Finish as for the previous routes.
Dave Warburton, Franco Cookson (Both Solo) 3/7/2012