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Home > Mines, Quarries & Sites > Wilton Sandstone Quarry

Wilton (Horrocks Fold) Sandstone Quarry (United Kingdom)


Wilton Quarries, Horrocks Fold, Bolton, Lancashire. OS Ref SD700134, SD696135

The Wilton group of quarries (the correct and less known name of these quarries is Horrocks Fold) worked grit sandstone for the provision of building stone and street flags for the region. They were abandoned at some time in the 1930’s to 1940’s. The quarry workers employed a method of extraction that minimised the shattering of the sandstone to reduce wastage. Consequently the quarries have very good intact faces, which are perfect for climbing on and for surface SRT practice. Many local climbing clubs and climbers use the quarries.

Altogether there are 4 quarries, Wilton 1, 2, 3 and 4. Wilton 1 is the largest and is home to the ‘Prow’ a large pillar of rock sticking out from the rock face, one face is around 17m high and the other about 13m. Wilton 2 has many technically demanding faces and Wilton 3 has easier more sloping faces. Wilton 4 is small compared to the others and hardly sees any use. Bolton gun club uses Wilton 2 and 3 and they have shooting rights for certain days of the week.

The quarries are located north of Bolton on route to Belmont on the A675.

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