Climbs 112
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 8
3Escalator
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D 11
4Wallaby Groove
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VS 5a *7
5Carpet Corner
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HVD 1
6Crocodile Crack
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VS 4c 5
7Freds Fancy
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VD 1
8Heron Crack
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VD 1
9Dromedary Buttress
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HVD 1
 Long Wall 
11The Day The Country Closed
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E4 6a/6b 2
12Irish JigVS 4c 8
13Haidrian's WallE2 5c *7
14Ash Tree DirectS 4b 31
15The RampVS 5b 14
16CancanVS 5a 23
17Long Wall Low Level TraverseV2 *17
18Elderberry SlabVD 23
19Tango
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S 4b 14
20Calypso CrackVS 5a 25
21Vortex
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V8 3
22Vortex Eliminatef7B+ 2
23QuickstepVS 5b 12
24The Link
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HVS 5b, 5b *1
25Pass Me That Araldite.....Please
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E1 6b 3
26Glue DirectV8 1
27Fire-powerE1 6b 2
28JiveHS 4b 11
29Palais GlideVS 4c *29
30Fox-trotHVS 5a *22
31CongaE1 6a **1
32Mississippi DipVS 4c *40
33A Stretch Named DesireE5 6b 1
34Long Wall EliminateE3 6a 6
35Orchestral CrackHVS 5a *35
36Three Notch SlabVS 4c *103
37Three Notch Slab 6a Arete
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VB 4
38The Notch Slab 6a Arete Right
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VB 5
39Peg Free
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VS 5b *21
40Valeta
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HS 4b 11
41The Last Waltz
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HVS 5b 3
 Diamond Wall 
43Hole in the Wall
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E2 5c *2
44Wasp Nest Crack
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VS  
45Rampant Bull Cream
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E3 6a  
46Egad
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VS 4c 3
47The Western WorldV8+ ***1
48The Eliminators
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VB 1
49Splitter
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f5 2
50Arete Me Not
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f7A+ 1
51The Whim
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f4 1
52Whimisical
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f5 1
53Scoop
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f6C+  
54BT
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f6B 1
 Bivouac Area 
56Bivouac Route
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HVD *9
57Tartarus
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S **5
58Midge Life Crisis
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VS 4c *2
 Rake Wall 
60Two Slabs
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S *6
61Sunset Indirect
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VD 4
62The Rake
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D 7
63Odges Orror
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HVS 5b 5
64Noah's CrackVS 4b 26
65Sunset CrackVS 4c 56
66Tony's TerrorVS 4b 42
67Pre-Kocsis
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E1 5c  
68Midgebite CrackHVS 5a *43
69The PoppleHVS 5b **46
70The DrooperE2 5c **23
71The ConnectionE3 5c *2
72The WilterE1 5b **37
73Rake Wall Traverse
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E1 5b ***2
74Avalanche CrackVD 4
75Avalanche Wall
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VD 4
76Rake Wall Low Level Traverse 'Beer Walk'
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V0 *35
 Climbing in this area is banned 
78Double Girdle
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S  
79Contortionists Crack
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VS 4c *2
80Kestrel Crack
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S 5a *1
81Scoop AreteE1 5a 3
82Groove Direct
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HS 4b ** 
83Crack and Traverse
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VD * 
84Double Corner
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HS 1
85Cracked Wall
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VS 4b  
86The Little Thing
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E1 5b * 
87Fishermans Groove
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D  
88Borrowdale Buttress
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D  
89Easy Traverse
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M  
90Connection
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VD  
91Great Wall Traverse
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HVD  
92Amphitheatre Girdle
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HVS 5b  
93Midsummer Nights Dream
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S  
94Pluto
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S * 
95Humdinger
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M **1
96'Y' Not
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VS **2
97'A'route
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VS 4c 2
98Northern Girdle
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S  
99Tea Break
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VD * 
100Solo Route
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HD  
101Gardeners Delight
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HD  
102Golf Ball Cracks
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S  
103Extension
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S  
104Extension Direct
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HS  
105Blackberry Crack
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HS * 
106Jonahs Joy
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VS 4b  
107Yellow Overhang
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VS 4c *1
108Double Overhangs
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VS 4c *3
109Nobut Just
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S 2
110Grasshopper
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HS  
111Sodium Lights
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M  
112Magnum Opus
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M * 
113Final Flake
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S  
114Grimy Grooves
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D  
1157 Overhangs
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VS 4c 1
 Buttress Towards Viaduct (climbing allowed) 
117The Sleeper
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E2 5c  
118Railway Arete
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HVS  
119Third Time Lucky
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VS 2

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