Parson Byers/Woodcroft Quarry
OS Landranger Map 92
OS Map Reference NZ005368
The best location in Weardale is Parson
Byers/Woodcroft Quarry. The quarry can be seen looking South of
the A689 when travelling from Frosterley to Stanhope on the Durham-Alston road
and is located above the old Stanhope – Frosterley road across the River Wear.
Climbers should ask permission from Woodcroft Farm prior to climbing. No dogs please.
Note: The owner does not want to allow any access following a (non-climbing) fatality during the summer of 2009. Please check with the BMC prior to climbing.
below were taken in January
1982 during a particularly cold spell of weather. The North facing quarry is at
about 400-500 metres above sea level, so a good freeze is required to bring it
into condition. The best climbing as the 3 right hand photographs show, is where
the stream Cow Burn falls into the quarry, giving a grade 3 route. This is just
left of centre of the back face. Numerous other steep ice falls form, but have
never looked substantial enough to climb other than on a top rope. The ice shown
on the left hand photo, just left of Cow Burn, has been climbed.