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A Guide to the Quarries

Protecting Torbay's natural woodland and coastal habitats

Wild Camping & Climbing areas


Open to public access for camping and climbing at all times.


Code of conduct: Use main access paths only. Take litter home with you when you leave. Fires are allowed. Use the fire pits provided.


Climb, camp and use fires responsibly. Respect the environment and protect the woodland, cliff & coastal habitats at all times. All access and activities including climbing are at your own risk. You should not undertake these without proper training or equipment. Any person accessing and/or climbing at Seven Quarries in any manner is personally responsible for learning the proper techniques and good judgment. We strongly recommend that every climber seek instruction by a qualified professional. You are responsible for knowing and respecting your capabilities and limitations. Enthusiasm and interest are no substitute for knowledge and experience. It is therefore essential that climbers judge the condition of any route before committing themselves.



Project site


Open to public and groups for camping and environmental, educational and adventure activities on a pre-arranged basis.


To book this area for use, contact us on 07801249515 or email us on enquiries@tide-torbay.co.uk



Conservation Area


Restricted access due to the preservation of rare and/or protected species of flora & fauna. Any persons crossing into the conservation area are to do so with respect for the area and agree to the following conditions;


1.Take any litter away with you when you leave

2.Keep noise to a minimum

3.Do not remove or disturb any flora or fauna

4.Use only the fire pits provided

5.Use main access paths only


Any persons NOT adhering to these conditions are likely to commit offences under the

WILDLIFE AND COUNTRYSIDE ACT 1981 due to being in close proximity to sensitive species of wildlife and therefore liable for prosecution.


There will be no additional climbing development or foliage/ cliff clearance in the conservation area until further notice. Climbing restrictions are in place. Please refer to the signs on location and this website for current restrictions.


If you have any questions about these conditions please contact us on 07801249515 or email us on enquiries@tide-torbay.co.uk










There are many inaccurate route guides about Seven Quarries that are based on dim recollections, half-baked guesses, gossip and blind speculation. In NO WAY do they tell the full story. There have also been some fantastic development of bolts and route setting and guide writing by reliable experts in recent times. You choose to use any information you wish.


Nature is unpredictable and unsafe. Cliffs, woodlands and coastal areas are dangerous. Many books have been written about these dangers, and there's no way we can even list them all here, let alone discuss how to reduce risk from these dangers. Read the books.


The Seven Quarries area is covered in steep terrain with loose, slippery and unstable footing. The weather can make matters worse. Sheer drops are everywhere. You may fall or be injured. There are hidden holes. There are overhanging outcroppings and low-growing tree branches where you could bump your head.


There are wild animals, which may be venomous, hungry or carriers of diseases. These may include venomous reptiles (the adder) , and insects; insects to which you have allergies, or whose stings can cause anaphylactic shock; mammals which may include squirrels, badgers, rabbits, mice; predatory birds, and all other manner of beasts. Plants can be poisonous as well, and even when not poisonous, can inflict serious injury like a sharp stick in the eye. Mushrooms growing in this area are likely to be poisonous. Tide does not do anything to protect you from any of this, except advise you.


Real dangers are present even on approach paths. Paths are not pavements, and folks have been seriously injured even on pavements. Paths can be, and are, steep, slippery and dangerous. Path features made or enhanced by humans, such as bridges, steps, walls and railings (if any) can break, collapse, or otherwise fail at any time. They may be negligently constructed or repaired by unknown visitors.


Some paths in these areas are only maintained by the wildlife, who have little regard for human life or human safety, or any humans whatsoever. In summary, paths can be hazardous, but we do prefer you to stay on the paths whenever possible because these are safer than the terrain.


The terrain, in addition to being dangerous, is surprisingly complex. You may get lost. The chances of getting lost multiply after the sun goes down, due to poor visibility. The sun goes down at least once a day in these areas. Not to say that you won't get lost during daylight hours. In either event, carry a torch and batteries, mobile phone (yes there is signal here!), food, water, matches and first aid supplies at all times.


Our advising you of this does not mean there are not other things you should be carrying. Carry them as well, and know how to use them. we are not responsible for the consequences if you fail to heed this advice. In fact, we are not responsible for the consequences even if you DO heed this advice, nor are we responsible if you carry so much stuff along that you end up moving so slowly that you get benighted.


Rocks and other objects can, and probably will, fall from the cliffs. They can tumble down slopes. This can happen naturally, or be caused by people above you, such as climbers. Rocks of all sizes, including huge boulders, can shift, move or fall with no warning. If you don't believe us check out the huge lumps of rock at the base of some of the rock walls. They didn't just grow there. Use of helmets is advised for anyone approaching the rock formations or climbing/abseiling.


Weather can be dangerous, regardless of the forecast. Be prepared with extra clothing, including rain gear. Hypothermia, heat stroke, dehydration, , lightning, run-off from rain, high & low tides, swell etc. can be a hazard to you. Rain can turn easy terrain into a deathtrap, can drown you if you're looking up into the sky with your mouth open, and vastly decreases traction on paths.


If you scramble in high places (scrambling is moving over terrain steep enough to use your hands) without proper experience, training and equipment, or allow children to do so, you are making a terrible mistake. Even if you know what you're doing and are the most experienced and safest climber the world has ever known, you are still at risk: lots of things can and do go wrong and you may be injured. It happens.


Furthermore, scrambling amongst the huge boulders in these areas, even without exposure of high places, can result in serious physical and/or emotional injury, or death.


Excessive consumption of alcohol, use of prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and/or controlled substances while frequenting Seven Quarries can affect your mental state, alertness, and decision-making abilities, and could make an already dangerous situation even worse. Even hyperventilation or spinning around rapidly and repeatedly can affect your equilibrium to the point that even on a flat surface you may fall and injure yourself. Even abstinence from consciousness-altering substances and actions won't protect you from the actions of others under the influence of such substances or actions. 


Seven Quarries is not a sterile environment. Bacteria, viruses, fungi and other forms of life and proto-life which may or may not be currently included in either the plant or animal kingdom are capable of causing you serious bodily harm, illness, or death. These kinds of biological agents may be present in the plant and animal populations; and are also capable of being carried or transmitted by your climbing partners and travelling companions. We're not going to take responsibility for this. Our advice for you to treat drinking water, wash your hands before and after going to the toilet and before eating, in no way obligates us to be responsible for the consequences if you fail to do so, nor does it mean that even if you DO take these precautions and something happens anyway, that we are to blame. Not so. Forget it.


If you climb, you may be seriously injured. And the longer you climb the greater your risk of bad luck, which may or may not be compounded by hubris catching up to you. This is true whether you are experienced or not, trained or not, and equipped or not, though training, experience and equipment may help. We are not responsible for, and do not inspect or maintain, climbing anchors (including bolts, pitons, slings, trees, etc.). There may be loose rock ready to be dislodged and fall on you or someone else.


Rescue services are not provided by anyone near these climbs, and may not be available quickly. Seven Quarries is a remote area.


In short, CLIMB AT YOUR OWN RISK. If you, or your heirs, relatives, dependents or others known or unknown to you; your partner or your partners heirs, relatives, dependents, or others known or unknown to you OR your partner, can't take responsibility for your own decisions, knowledge, routefinding and plain bad luck, PLEASE PLEASE consider going elsewhere and not to the beautiful sanctuary of Seven Quarries.


Thank you, climb safe, and have fun!




(With Thanks to Brutus of Wyde)