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Den Lane Quarry

Lancashire, ENGLAND

Climbs 110 – Rocktype Grit (quarried) – Altitude 227m a.s.l – Faces SE

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;



Access 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).

Weather forecast

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2.1mm rain
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14 °C
18 kph

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18 °C
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16 °C
10 kph

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17 °C
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0.3mm rain
Mainly cloudy
15 °C
13 kph
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More: mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire DalesMet Office: Peak District

Over the Moors (2012), Western Grit (2009), Moorland Gritstone - Chew Valley (1988),
Out of print: Western Grit (2003)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
2Lightning CrackVS 5a 6
3EscalatorD 10
4Wallaby GrooveVS 5a *6
5Carpet CornerHVD 1
6Crocodile CrackVS 4c 5
7Freds FancyVD 1
8Heron CrackVD 1
9Dromedary ButtressHVD 1
11The Day The Country ClosedE4 6a/6b 1
12Irish JigVS 4c 7
13Haidrian's WallE2 5c *6
14Ash Tree DirectS 4b 27
15The RampVB 5b *12
16CancanVS 5a 21
17Long Wall Low Level TraverseV2 *17
18Elderberry SlabVD 20
19TangoS 4b 13
20Calypso CrackMVS 5a 24
21VortexV8 3
22Vortex Eliminatef7B+ 2
23QuickstepVS 5b 11
24The LinkHVS 5b, 5b *1
25Pass Me That Araldite.....PleaseE1 6b 3
26Glue DirectV8 1
27Fire-powerE1 6b 2
28JiveHS 4b 10
29Palais GlideVS 4c **18
30Fox-trotHVS 5a **17
31Mississippi DipVS 4c *32
32A Stretch Named DesireE5 6b 1
33Long Wall EliminateE3 6a *3
34Orchestral CrackHVS 5a *29
35Three Notch SlabMVS 4c ***80
36Three Notch Slab 6a AreteVB 6a 4
37The Notch Slab 6a Arete RightVB 6a 5
38Peg FreeVS 5b *19
39ValetaHS 4b 10
40The Last WaltzHVS 5b 3
42Hole in the WallE2 5c *2
43Wasp Nest CrackVS  
44Rampant Bull CreamE3 6a  
45EgadVS 4c 3
46The EliminatorsVB 5b 1
47Splitterf5 2
48Arete Me Notf7A+  
49The Whimf4 1
50Whimisicalf5 1
52BTf6B 1
54Bivouac RouteHVD *9
55TartarusS **5
56Midge Life CrisisVS 4c *2
58Two SlabsS *6
59Sunset IndirectVD 4
 Climb nameGradex
60The RakeD 7
61Odges OrrorHVS 5b 5
62Noah's CrackHS 4b 24
63Sunset CrackVS 4c *49
64Tony's TerrorVS 4b *41
65Pre-KocsisE1 5c  
66Midgebite CrackHVS 5a *38
67The PoppleHVS 5b **37
68The DrooperE2 5c **21
69The WilterE1 5b ***33
70Rake Wall TraverseE1 5b ***1
71Avalanche CrackVD 4
72Avalanche WallVD 4
73Rake Wall Low Level Traverse 'Beer Walk'V0 *30
75Double GirdleS  
76Contortionists CrackVS 4c *2
77Kestrel CrackS 5a *1
78Scoop AreteE1 5a 3
79Groove DirectHS 4b ** 
80Crack and TraverseVD * 
81Double CornerHS 1
82Cracked WallVS 4b  
83The Little ThingE1 5b * 
84Fishermans GrooveD  
85Borrowdale ButtressD  
86Easy TraverseM  
88Great Wall TraverseHVD  
89Amphitheatre GirdleHVS 5b  
90Midsummer Nights DreamS  
91PlutoS * 
92HumdingerM **1
93'Y' NotVS **2
94'A'routeVS 4c 2
95Northern GirdleS  
96Tea BreakVD * 
97Solo RouteHD  
98Gardeners DelightHD  
99Golf Ball CracksS  
101Extension DirectHS  
102Blackberry CrackHS * 
103Jonahs JoyVS 4b  
104Yellow OverhangVS 4c *1
105Double OverhangsVS 4c *2
106Nobut JustS 1
108Sodium LightsM  
109Magnum OpusM * 
110Final FlakeS  
111Grimy GroovesD  
1127 OverhangsVS 4c 1
114The SleeperE2 5c  
115Railway AreteHVS  
116Third Time LuckyVS 2
117Conga *E1 6a ** 
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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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