Horton quarry community page

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On 02 October 2023 we rebranded to Heidelberg Materials. As well as aligning with our parent company, our new name better reflects the company we are today.

We’re focused on driving down carbon emissions, increasing the use of recycled materials to grow the circular economy and leading our industry towards net zero with innovative projects such as carbon capture and storage.

Some of the new Heidelberg Materials signage and vehicle livery is already in place and we hope to have completed this within the next two years. Please note that our email and website details have also changed.

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About Horton Quarry

Horton is a large quarry situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park covering almost 80ha, and is surrounded by SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and SAC (Special Areas of Conservation) areas which include Limestone pavement areas.

The quarry extracts Carboniferous Limestone to produce a variety of aggregates for use in our own ready mixed concrete plants in the north west of England and in external customers’ concrete products.The limestone is over 90m thick and comprises both black and white limestone which are worked separately to produce products with a consistent colour. The white limestone produces very clean white aggregates which are much prized for their colour. The white limestone is also used for lime making and has been used in chemical processes in the past. The quarry has over 40 million tonnes of consented reserves which should be sufficient to last for at least 70 years. Once extraction is complete, the site will be restored to calcareous grassland.

High PSV gritstone underlies the limestone and Hanson hope to work this material in the near future to produce high quality aggregates for use in asphalt and road surfacing.

We currently employ 9 people all from the local area.

Interesting facts:The 3 peaks walk which attracts thousands of people each year also runs along the side of the quarry. Learn more about the walk here.



Horton quarry has sponsored the national three peaks fell race which starts in Horton for many years and recently this race was part of the world championships. We also contribute to many local events including local shows, galas and local community events. We also give a lot of free materials to local good causes and community projects.

Interesting facts: The quarry is currently running at nearly 20 years without a Lost Time Injury for which they have received a Hanson Platinum award for health and safety.


School visit

14 teenagers from Tobermory High School on the Isle of Mull visited North Yorkshire's Horton quarry.

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Interesting facts: Horton Quarry has been continuously worked by several different companies since the 1880’s, although it has only been operated by Hanson since 2000.


Community visits

The site has numerous visitors each year, mainly from local schools who are studying geology, geography and or aspects of the environmental impact of quarrying in the National Park. If you are interested in upcoming visits, or would like to arrange one, please use the form below.

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Interesting facts: Horton holds six monthly meetings with the Parish council at site that involve open discussions about local issues/projects.


Site liaison

Simon Garner - quarry manager

Email: simon.garner@hanson.com
Tel: 01729 860301

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