Frogsmouth Quarry - Full Topo
The quarry is on
the Northern part of Runcorn Hill, also
called Beacon Hill.
From junction 12 on the M56 take the
A557 expressway North towards Widnes.
Ignore the Runcorn Bridge (first exit)
to Widnes and turn off at the second.
Pass under the expressway and uphill
along the B5311 - Heath Road. Turn right
at the traffic lights, then left into
Highlands Road just past the War Memorial.
Runcorn Hill car park is 100 yards on
the right and the cliff is just behind.
If approaching from Widnes, keep
left, exit at Runcorn Bridge, then leave
the expressway at the second exit. Follow
Heath Road as above.
Runcorn Hill is a mixture of Heathland,
Woodland Scrub and recreational areas.
It is owned by Halton Borough Council
and mananged by the Mersey Valley Partnership
and a resident ranger service. It is
also designated a local nature reserve.
The Sandstone face
stretches along the length of one side
of Happy Valley, but climbing is restricted
to certain parts of the crag. This is
to limit the disturbance to important
plants and wildlife, namely Little Owls,
roosting Bats, Heather and the only
area of Bilberry - a noted Heathland
plant on Runcorn Hill. The Heathland
is particulerly important as this is
the fastest disappearing habitat in
Cheshire. Only 0.5% remains in the County.
Most of the vegitation
grows on top of quarry spoil, on top
of sand and sandstone blocks near
the cliff edge. Abseiling is strongly
discouraged because of cliff edge erosion.
Local climbers have
installed rappel and lead bolts. It
is your responsibility to ensure that
the bolts you choose to use are in a
safe and trustworthy condition.
The Topos show the
outlines of the agreed climbing limits
at Frogsmouth. DO NOT JEOPARDISE ACCESS
BY IGNORING THEM.
Please Do - follow
Please Do - Comply with any seasonal
or occasional restriction.
Please Don't - Abseil
or climb over the top.
Please Don't - Climb off limits.
Please Don't - Leave litter or rubish;
if you carry it in then you can carry