A Roman quarry some 10 metres high in a hollow on the hillside overlooking Vindolanda fort. It is a very pleasant spot with luxuriant grassy landings and gets the sun from mid afternoon. There are no belays on the top and many of the routes are poorly protected..
Unnamed Sandstone Carboniferous Namurian (Upper Limestone Group)
Quite soft and features tend to be friable.
The guide to this crag is the work and copyright of Stewart Wilson and was published in “North Of England Rock Climbs” in 1992. Many of the routes are the work of Petes Botteral & Whillance and, according to Steve Blake, some are definitely undergraded. So beware.
The quarry has been over brushed to create some traverses on lower bits of the walls.
Other interesting stuff:
This is the quarry which supplied the stone for Vindolanda. A bit surprising that we're allowed to climb on it, really.
The quarry has been used in the past for pegging and scars and rotten stubs Are visible, particularly along horizontal breaks. There was however no evidence of free climbing. The routes recorded are the work of P. Whillance and D. Armstrong who soloed them after cleaning by abseil. This was in the early part of 1982. Visits to he crag in 1991 by Pete Botterill resulted in some worthwhile additions notably the Concave Wall routes, Teflon Effect, False Start, Chariot Of Fire and Mosaic.