Climbs 114
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 227m a.s.l
Faces SE

bancroft 1978 © brian cropper

Crag features

Quite large former quarry, up to 50ft high. Can get over grown. Great little late summer evening crag when after work play time is limited (out of the sun though PM).

At present the crag has had a good clean, many routes are now free of vegetation. As the crag is near the road and dries very quickly, it's a good bet over the winter months, especially the bouldering.

Useful links for the bouldering can be found at these sites;
[http://chewvalley.bravehost.com/bouldering/denlane/denlane.html]
[http://ktml.freeservers.com/Misc/Hard%20Grit/DenLane.htm]

Approach notes

Lies 5m E of Oldham. Take the A669 to Uppermill. Take a L (after museum), into a small road running N (parallel with the railway).
Two minute walk in (even for a Sloth).

Guidebooks

Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Over the Moors (2012)
Moorland Gritstone - Chew Valley (1988)

Out of print:
Turned up this Morning at Den lane, while it was still raining, amazed to find all the rock dry. Some great climbing, if a perhaps a lot of it, a bit to hard for us. Most of the rock was reasonbly clean, and we were not challenged by anyone. Amazed this place is not more popular.
karlb - 23/Aug/14
Got met at the crag last night, by a couple, apparently the new land owners. They had no objection to climbing continuing, but did ask if everyone was insured. I believe contact details have been/will be passed to the local access Rep.
BenedictIEP - 20/Aug/13
As James said, routes left of Palais Glide are all covered in mud; cracks, faces and pockets. Barely climable. Three earth slides along the top make topping out on some routes quite difficult. Rake Wall is great though!
Moritz L - 22/May/13
Don't know about the rest of the crag but parts of long wall where totally caked in mud. Looks like the rain has washed mud down most cracks and weaknesses.
James Oakes - 21/Feb/13
Looking at the numbers of logged climbs this is a seriously underrated venue. Starting with the more prosaic stuff; It's sheltered, has good views, a short walk in and is now cleaned up. More importantly it has a large number of VS and HVS climbs, so far every climb I have done have had very different characters, all been interesting, decent height and sustained in interest. And the climbing is in a concentrated area very little faff going from climb to climb. Highly recommended.
steveshaking - 17/Apr/12
Large amount of rock/soil debris close to the base of 'The Ramp' & 'Cancan', Long Wall (28/01/12). Can't tell if it's natural and therefore unstable in that area or whether it's been dumped from the road above. Will try and take a look over the next few days...
PD - 28/Jan/12
Looks like a lot of work has been done here...anyone know if its worth a visit??
tommakin - 09/Mar/09
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 The Pit Wall 
2Lightning Crack
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VS 5a 14
3Escalator
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D 15
4Wallaby Groove
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VS 5a *9
5Carpet Corner
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HVD 3
6Crocodile Crack
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VS 4c 6
7Freds Fancy
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VD 2
8Heron Crack
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VD 2
9Dromedary Buttress
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HVD 2
 Long Wall 
11The Day The Country Closed
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E4 6a/6b 2
12Irish JigVS 4c 9
13Haidrian's WallE2 5c *8
14Ash Tree DirectS 4b 34
15The RampVS 5b 15
16Ramp EliminateV6 **1
17CancanVS 5a 25
18Long Wall Low Level TraverseV2 *18
19Elderberry SlabVD 26
20Tango
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S 4b 17
21Calypso CrackVS 5a 27
22Vortex
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V8 4
23Vortex Eliminatef7B+ 3
24QuickstepVS 5b 14
25The Link
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HVS 5b, 5b *2
26Pass Me That Araldite.....Please
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E1 6b 5
27Glue DirectV8 2
28Fire-powerE1 6b 3
29JiveHS 4b 12
30Palais GlideVS 4c *30
31Fox-trotHVS 5a *24
32CongaE1 6a **1
33Mississippi DipVS 4c *43
34A Stretch Named DesireE5 6b 2
35Long Wall EliminateE3 6a 6
36Orchestral CrackHVS 5a *41
37Three Notch SlabVS 4c *115
38Three Notch Slab 6a Arete
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VB 6
39The Notch Slab 6a Arete Right
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VB 7
40Peg Free
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VS 5b *27
41Valeta
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HS 4b 13
42The Last Waltz
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HVS 5b 4
4317 Minutes Of FeedbackV8 **1
 Diamond Wall 
45Hole in the Wall
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E2 5c *3
46Wasp Nest Crack
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VS 1
47Rampant Bull Cream
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E3 6a 1
48Egad
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VS 4c 4
49The Western WorldV8+ ***1
50The Eliminators
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VB 2
51Splitter
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f5 3
52Arete Me Not
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f7A+ 1
53The Whim
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f4 2
54Whimisical
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f5 2
55Scoop
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f6C+ 1
56BT
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f6B 2
 Bivouac Area 
58Bivouac Route
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HVD *10
59Tartarus
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S **6
60Midge Life Crisis
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VS 4c *3
 Rake Wall 
62Two Slabs
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S *7
63Sunset Indirect
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VD 5
64The Rake
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D 8
65Odges Orror
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HVS 5b 6
66Noah's CrackVS 4b 28
67Sunset CrackVS 4c 65
68Tony's TerrorVS 4b 47
69Pre-Kocsis
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E1 5c 1
70Midgebite CrackHVS 5a *45
71The PoppleHVS 5b **62
72The DrooperE2 5c **24
73The ConnectionE3 5c *3
74The WilterE1 5b **44
75Rake Wall Traverse
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E1 5b ***2
76Avalanche CrackVD 5
77Avalanche Wall
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VD 5
78Rake Wall Low Level Traverse 'Beer Walk'
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V0 *37
 Climbing in this area is banned 
80Double Girdle
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S 1
81Contortionists Crack
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VS 4c *3
82Kestrel Crack
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S 5a *2
83Scoop AreteE1 5a 3
84Groove Direct
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HS 4b ** 
85Crack and Traverse
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VD *1
86Double Corner
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HS 2
87Cracked Wall
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VS 4b 1
88The Little Thing
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E1 5b *1
89Fishermans Groove
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D 1
90Borrowdale Buttress
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D 1
91Easy Traverse
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M 1
92Connection
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VD 1
93Great Wall Traverse
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HVD 1
94Amphitheatre Girdle
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HVS 5b 1
95Midsummer Nights Dream
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S 1
96Pluto
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S *1
97Humdinger
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M **2
98'Y' Not
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VS **3
99'A'route
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VS 4c 3
100Northern Girdle
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S 1
101Tea Break
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VD *1
102Solo Route
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HD 1
103Gardeners Delight
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HD 1
104Golf Ball Cracks
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S 2
105Extension
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S 1
106Extension Direct
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HS 1
107Blackberry Crack
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HS *1
108Jonahs Joy
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VS 4b 2
109Yellow Overhang
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VS 4c *2
110Double Overhangs
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VS 4c *5
111Nobut Just
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S 3
112Grasshopper
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HS 1
113Sodium Lights
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M 1
114Magnum Opus
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M *1
115Final Flake
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S 2
116Grimy Grooves
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D 1
1177 Overhangs
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VS 4c 1
 Buttress Towards Viaduct (climbing allowed) 
119The Sleeper
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E2 5c 1
120Railway Arete
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HVS 2
121Third Time Lucky
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VS 3

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