1. The History
Halldale quarry is a former limestone quarry situated south-west of Matlock off Snitterton Lane. It was an important hard limestone abstraction source that served the construction industry throughout the Dales, South Yorkshire and Midlands providing both block stone and aggregate. Formed from a relatively level base section cut into a hillside, topographically, so that the Quarry forms a bowl of land, operations at the quarry creased around 25 years ago. The quarry is vast and contains a helicopter landing pad at its centre. The rock strata forms a series of three platforms and the quarry is well known to climbers, although Tarmac (the current landowner) does not officially permit climbing on the site. A variety of fossils can be found at the quarry including of Brachiopods, Crinoid stems and large Corals along with examples of marine Gastropods. Hence the quarry is equally popular with fossil-hunters.

In November 2014 plans that outlined the development of the quarry into a brownfield site were tabled. 4M Property Partners submitted plans to convert the quarry into mixed residential and commercial properties including 220 houses and to a restaurant and cafť. In addition, the planning proposal contained details of some 6,400m2 of office space.

2. The Explore
Bit of an unplanned explore this. Was returning from exploring elsewhere and in order to avoid the traffic jams of Matlock Bath and Cromford, decided to take the back roads around them. While skirting round to Matlock saw some bright yellow security boards in the woods to my left. So parked up and walked back to find a series of very overgrown buildings that were associated with the operation of the quarry. While they were nothing spectacular they were still worth a look. I then climbed up the path to be greeted by the quarry in its full glory. All-in-all nothing earth shattering (well, I guess the quarry was when it was in operation) but a nice little surprise wander.



3. The Pictures

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General admin building:

Matlock Quarry 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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Matlock Quarry 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Obligatory old fridge shot:

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Stalactites!

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The toilet block:

img1528 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Stand up (supergloss is not a word that comes to mind with this picture!):

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or sit down:

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A couple of other buildings a bit back up the road:

Matlock Quarry 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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Definitely stuck to their blue and white colour scheme:

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These steps look interesting:

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Wow! Some view:

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Fossil-hunter's heaven:

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Matlock Quarry 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr