Heptonstall Quarry – Hell Hole

Rock climbing at Heptonstall Quarry

Heptonstall Quarry, known locally as Hell Hole, is a big, sunny, west facing gritstone quarry which is well known both locally and regionally for the wide variety of the climbing available. It is a favourite for evening climbing as it get the late sun. It is steep and clean and has a set of climbs that are longer than usual for grit stone. There are also a number of large boulders presenting some good boulder climbing.

The quarry has over 70 routes ranging from Difficult (D) to hard routes graded at E7.The routes tend to follow crack lines or corners. The most famous routes being Forked lightening Crack E3 5c, Thin Red Line E1 5b and Vertical Speed E7 6c.


















Park in the Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club car park and follow the lane opposite the entrance to the car park to the Calderdale Way sign. Turn left following the footpath bordered by two stone walls, across a side road and continue to the quarry edge, where there is a fantastic view of the Upper Calder Valley. Follow the path straight down, coming to some stone steps and the quarry is on the left.


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