Sun 12th May, 2024

Newcomers meet at Harborough Rocks


Andy S

Sunday 12th is at the small but perfectly formed Harborough Rocks. There is a small car park on Manystones Lane just after the brickworks on the left if coming from Brassington. But the parking is not massive (but it is free!), so please car share if possible. I'll aim to get there for 10:00, if you get there later, i'll see you at the crag.

Harborough is a delightful, open mini-edge around 6m high. Along with Rainster Rocks offers a unique experience of climbing on dolomitic limestone, a highly pocketed, juggy rock. Super soloing or family picnic venue in summer (if you can zone out the factory noise). Nothing too hard except the short but sharp VSs, and if you don't like polish... Best routes are Steeple Arete (VD), Trident Arete (HD) and Creased Wall (VS 4c). Other strange shaped pinnacles in the area to explore and some low-grade bouldering on both tiers. Breezy and therefore midge-free and quick-drying. The cave is wet and slimy. Make sure you have wipes and hand gel!' (Courtesy of UKC thanks) it's well worth a visit if you've never been and well worth a return visit if you have! The only downside is the background noise of the brickworks 'drone' which is a shame, but the quality of the climbing makes it more or less unnoticeable - if you can hear it, you're not trying hard enough! 

Keep your eye on the WhatsApp groups for up-to-date chatter, info, lift shares and general banter….. If the weather is wet, don’t despair – as an alternative, there will be a scramble or walk somewhere else closer to Manchester…… keep your eye on the WhatsApp groups for details.

If you need a link to join the WhatsApp groups drop Mich or Andy a line by any means you fancy!

If you have recently signed up as a prospective member, or wish to do so, please email to let us know you'd like to come. Bring your own harness, helmet, rock shoes etc. As we don't do instruction or teaching and aren't insured to do this we'd expect anyone coming to know how to belay safely and competently. We’ll make sure all new folk get to climb with members at various times during the day. 

Finally, If you think you are coming please click the ''intend to attend'' button on this page!

See you all there!

Mich and Andy on behalf of the KMC Committee

(Please see links below - UKC and BMC RAD websites)

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