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Lodges Quarry is an old sandstone quarry which faces north-west across the valley of the River Irthing near Low Row, on the A69 road, 5 miles east of Brampton. The quarry is about 100 metres long and 12 metres high along its central section. Despite much gardening by the first ascentionists, the rock still tends to be dirty and loose due to little traffic in the event of information being unobtainable until now. It is hoped that increased traffic will improve the
situation as it could provide useful entertainment for local climbers.The climbing itself is quite
reasonable and the situation on fine evenings is far from unpleasant. Protection is often sparse, but an abundance of tree stumps along the top, can with care, provide ideal anchors for belaying/top-roping.
Approaches & Access
Five miles East of Brampton on the A69, just beyond the Low Row junction is a filling station.The quarry, which faces north-west, is set below a clump of trees, across the field behind and to the right of the filling station. To reach the quarry, drive past the filling station and park on the wide grass verge on the left just before a small white building which is an electricity sub-station. From the car, walk back towards the filling station until a gate leads into the field. Cross the field towards a solitary hawthorn tree, then turn right, and follow the side of the wall until it turns a corner and goes downhill. At the bottom of the hill is a gate on the left, which enters the quarry at its left-hand end. On no account should any walls be climbed.
NB:Lodges Quarry is "Now totally overgrown and in a thriving wood - suggest deletion from guides." according to one recent visitor.
For a PDF of the the climbs recorded at Lodges Quarry, from the long out of print Stewart Wilson's North of England Rock Climbs (1992) please click here.
The Bay is a deeply-recessed area at the left-hand end of the quarry. It is at the usual point of arrival. The Bay has at its left end some dirty corners with intervening ribs and walls. The Bay ends at an arete which has a prominent sentry-box.
Long Wall is the unbroken wall of steep rock which extends from the final arete of the Bay to the prominent green corner in the middle of the quarry, right of which is a fine slabby arete.
Aretes Wall is the impressive face extending from the fine slabby arete in the centre of the quarry, rightwards to an easy arete bounded on the right by a dirty slab. Four large trees have escaped the chainsaws and continue to grow at the top of the crag
The last recorded routes are on The Slab.