Hangingstone Rocks Introduction

 

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Anchor Church Caves

 

Bardon Hill

 

Beacon Hill

 

Blackbrook Reservoir

 

Bradgate Park

 

The Brand

 

Cademan Woods & Broad Hill

 

Carver's Rocks

 

Cliffe Hill Quarry

 

Craig Buddon

 

Enderby Quarry

 

Finedon Slabs

 

Forest Rock

 

Grace Dieu Viaduct and Craglets

 

Granitethorpe Quarry

 

Groby Industrial Estate

 

Hangingstone Quarry

 

Hangingstone Rocks

 

High Sharpley

 

Huncote Quarry

Markfield Quarry

 

Minor Outcrops and Boulders

 

Morley Quarry

 

Mountsorrel Crags

 

Nunckley Quarry

 

Oaks Pinnacle

 

Outwoods Crag

 

Pocketgate Quarry

 

Slawston Bridge

 

Whitwick Quarry

 

Whitwick Rocks

 

Climbing Walls

 

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The Routes

 

OS ref. SK523153 (Sheet 129)

SITUATION and CHARACTER

This series of small outcrops is situated at the centre of the Charnwood Forest Golf Club (the oldest in Leicestershire, founded 1890). Mrs Perry Herrick allowed public access to this rocky area for many years but the golf club bought its 77 acre course in 1946 (for 2,570) on the breakup of Beaumanor Estate and about 1957 stopped public access to the area.

What were once spectacular outcrops are becoming very overgrown. The rocks are small, south-facing edges and consist of ancient conglomerates called, would you believe, Hanging Rocks Conglomerate.

 

APPROACH and ACCESS (Location map)

Because of their situation in the middle of the golf course access has been restricted. However, climbers have visited the rocks late on summer evenings when the last golfers are on the tenth hole (it is a nine hole

course). Climbers would cause little problem provided they approached from the clubhouse along the ridge and it is hoped that eventually an access agreement might be reached by the BMC.

The rocks can be clearly seen from Breakback Road which runs past the

bottom Beacon car park towards the Outwoods. Approach from this road , Four Routes Wall is to the right. With all climbs on this wall one has to is difficult and it would probably be better, if climbing in Pocketgate Quarry be ethically strict if the grades are to be meaningful. There are cracks to walk up the hill to the Rocks. If you hear a bell, watch out; the golfers dividing the wall into slabs. All the footholds and handholds in the cracks ring it before driving over the blind summit.