Aldery Cliff is a secluded and slabby crag that offers a decent set of clean trad routes on fairly solid rock and some reasonable grades. Its popularity means that many of the routes are polished. It is an ancient quarry, but it has been abandoned so long that if feels more like a natural edge. This, coupled with a pleasant and sheltered setting (morning sunshine), makes it a delightful place to climb. Another advantage is that you can park right under the crag.
The routes are mostly on steep slabs, seamed with cracks that generally provide good protection, often from small wires. Belays at the top can sometimes be a problem, using the nearest tree is usually the best idea though be aware that these may be off to one side. Many of the trees have substantial cables/fixed karabiners on them to facilitate abseil descents, please respect these.
There have been occasional rockfalls here, and a section of the cliff on the far right is currently deemed unsafe. As with all quarried limestone a little care and common sense is needed.
The crag is owned and managed by the BMC, so access should never be a problem. In 2010, the gate was locked on occasions to discourage local youths from using the quarry base as a party venue - there is limited roadside parking when this happens - ensure not to block the road, it is narrow and used by BIG farm traffic. From time to time, the vegetation gets a little out of hand. If this is the case, then let the BMC know and a cleaning/pruning session will be organised.


46 trad routes (VD...E3)
Graded List of Routes
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Aldery Cliff Routes
An ancient quarry that offers an unusual array of lower grade slabby limestone routes. The crag is...
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