Den Lane Quarry

Climbs 112 – 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).

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 nameGrade
2Lightning CrackVS 5a 8
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 28
15The RampVS 5b 12
16CancanVS 5a 21
17Long Wall Low Level TraverseV2 *17
18Elderberry SlabVD 20
19TangoS 4b 13
20Calypso CrackVS 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 11
29Palais GlideVS 4c *23
30Fox-trotHVS 5a *18
31CongaE1 6a **1
32Mississippi DipVS 4c *36
33A Stretch Named DesireE5 6b 1
34Long Wall EliminateE3 6a 5
35Orchestral CrackHVS 5a *30
36Three Notch SlabVS 4c *85
37Three Notch Slab 6a AreteVB 6a 4
38The Notch Slab 6a Arete RightVB 6a 5
39Peg FreeVS 5b *20
40ValetaHS 4b 11
41The Last WaltzHVS 5b 3
43Hole in the WallE2 5c *2
44Wasp Nest CrackVS  
45Rampant Bull CreamE3 6a  
46EgadVS 4c 3
47The EliminatorsVB 5b 1
48Splitterf5 2
49Arete Me Notf7A+  
50The Whimf4 1
51Whimisicalf5 1
53BTf6B 1
55Bivouac RouteHVD *9
56TartarusS **5
57Midge Life CrisisVS 4c *2
59Two SlabsS *6
60Sunset IndirectVD 4
61The RakeD 7
62Odges OrrorHVS 5b 5
63Noah's CrackVS 4b 24
64Sunset CrackVS 4c 51
65Tony's TerrorVS 4b 41
66Pre-KocsisE1 5c  
67Midgebite CrackHVS 5a *38
68The PoppleHVS 5b **37
69The DrooperE2 5c **21
70The WilterE1 5b **34
71Rake Wall TraverseE1 5b ***2
72Avalanche CrackVD 4
73Avalanche WallVD 4
74Rake Wall Low Level Traverse 'Beer Walk'V0 *31
76Double GirdleS  
77Contortionists CrackVS 4c *2
78Kestrel CrackS 5a *1
79Scoop AreteE1 5a 3
80Groove DirectHS 4b ** 
81Crack and TraverseVD * 
82Double CornerHS 1
83Cracked WallVS 4b  
84The Little ThingE1 5b * 
85Fishermans GrooveD  
86Borrowdale ButtressD  
87Easy TraverseM  
89Great Wall TraverseHVD  
90Amphitheatre GirdleHVS 5b  
91Midsummer Nights DreamS  
92PlutoS * 
93HumdingerM **1
94'Y' NotVS **2
95'A'routeVS 4c 2
96Northern GirdleS  
97Tea BreakVD * 
98Solo RouteHD  
99Gardeners DelightHD  
100Golf Ball CracksS  
102Extension DirectHS  
103Blackberry CrackHS * 
104Jonahs JoyVS 4b  
105Yellow OverhangVS 4c *1
106Double OverhangsVS 4c *3
107Nobut JustS 2
109Sodium LightsM  
110Magnum OpusM * 
111Final FlakeS  
112Grimy GroovesD  
1137 OverhangsVS 4c 1
115The SleeperE2 5c  
116Railway AreteHVS  
117Third Time LuckyVS 2
118The Connection *E3 5c *1
119The Western World *V8+ ***1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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USER FEEDBACKLogin as Existing User to add your comments
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