Denham Quarry

Climbs 106 – Rocktype Grit (quarried) – Altitude 50m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
Mostly good quality quarried gritstone. Can be sandy in places. Some fantastic routes equal to peak classics. Mohammed the Mad.... is unmissable at VS 4c as is Splash Arete at VDiff. Flick of the Wrist and End of Time are superb and tricky E2s. Generally the routes have a bold feel to them; protection can be sparse and the fixed gear is often poor. The quarry does not deserve the poor reputation it seems to have despite the steady influx of summer visitors. There is also some very good but limited bouldering.

Bouldering topo available here:

Access notes
No problems. Owned by Council which is happy to let climbers in.

Watch for local kids chucking stones from the tops in summer.

Lancashire Bouldering (2014), Western Grit (2009), Lancashire Rock (1999),
Out of print: Western Grit (2003)

Climbs at this crag

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  Climb nameGrade
3WaldoHS 4b
4Short circuitE1 5c *
5One Man from CairoHVS 5b *
6GnomelyHVS 5a
7Narrow SlabD
8Splash AreteVD ***
9Last Day but OneE3 5c *
10SplashbackE8 6b **
12DampVS 4c
13AcapulcoE2 5b
14DryE1 5b, 4b *
15Flick of the WristE2 6a **
16That's All it TakesE4 6b *
17End of TimeE2 5b **
18TimeE1 5a **
19Mad KarooHVS 5a *
20'Bout TimeE3 5c
21Complete StreakerVS 4c ***
22Concave WallS 4a *
24Vague GrooveV1 5c
25CrackpotV4 6b *
26monk puzzleHVS 5c, 4c
27PickpocketV1 5c
28Pickpocket DirectV2 6a
29Snatchf8A **
30Brittle NerveE3 6a
31Private PalpateE4 6b
32TimepieceE1 5a *
33WallV2 5c
34Mohammed the Morbid MogulS 4a
35Going For the OneE2 5b
36They Don't Sell Bolts at Glacier SportsE5 6b **
37Mohammed the Mad Monk of Moorside Home for Mental MisfitsVS 4c ***
38The Denham TraverseV9 6c ***
39Mohammed AreteE1 5b *
40Mohammed the Medieval MelancholicHVS 5a **
41Mick the QuiltE4 6a
42Green Finger CrackVS 4b
43CyclopsVS 5b
45Eric's AreteE1 5b
46Den DiedreVD
47Tower ViewVD
48Tower RidgeVD
49Tower GrooveD
50Tower PowerS
51Sea Of SlimeVS 4b
53The ClangersHS 4b
54Notions Of DisposibilityE1 5c
55Albert's AreteD
56NutsHS 4b
57PopHVS 5a
58RivetVS 4c
59FujariE5 6c
60JanetHVS 5a
61Aviemore AreteS
62SlabracadabraVS 5b
65Curving CrackD
66Slanting GrooveD
67Thin Finger CrackVS 4c
68Groove And WallHS 4a
69Low RibVD
70FinitoHVS 5a
72SprainVS 4c
74NoseyVS 5b
75The Ceaseless TideVS 5c
76Snap Derisionf7B 6c **
77FingerboreVS 4c
78Abrasions and LacerationsVS 5a
80The EdgeVD
84LintelS 4a
85Central ButtressD
86Central Buttress DirectVD *
87Cuckoo's NestHVS 5b
88The LaybackVS 4c
90WingsE1 5c
91ButterflyS 4a
92Step in the CloudsS 4b *
93The Funny FarmHS 4b *
94There's A Ghost In My Acid HouseE1 6a
95QuasimodoE1 5b
96Quasimodo steps into the CloudsE1 5b
97Super IndirectissimaA2
98Screaming MeemiesE3 6a
99BullwokerE4 6a **
100Eff Vee TeeE4 6b
101GanglionVS 4a
102ChronometerHVS 5a
103Crono-LogicalE2 5c
104Jimmy SidewaysHVS 5a
105RockdancerHVS 5a
106Rocking Horse DroppingsS 4a
107Main BreakHS 4a **
108Little Monkeyf6C
109The aretef5+
110Easy Groovef3
111Undercut ProblemV8 *
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Did a new route here yesterday: The route starts the same as Mad Karoo and Time until it gains the ledge at 3 meters. Then goes direct up the main wall 1 meter left of Time, climbing on thin crimps until it reaches the break (protection) and then continues direct to the finish of Mad Karoo. I have named the route ‘Bout Time and graded it at E3 5c. I lead the route yesterday (19/06/11) with Adrian Wright. We are both members of the LC&CC. Simon Holden
Simon Holden (LCandCC) - 20/Jun/11
My local crag and one of my favourite in lancashire, the climbs round the pool area are the best although bold. Dries quickly (the area's you want dry) in about an hour with sun, perfect for an evenings climbing! Only a small detour from the M6 so if your heading south a perfect place for a quick climb. Must do routes are Mohammed, Splash Arete, Concave Wall, Time, End of Time, Flick of the Wrist, Main Break and Step in the Clouds.
joe.91 - 14/Nov/10
Was here April 2008 on a cold Thurs night, the Council have done a clean up and overall it's lloking ok here
PDL - 20/May/08
when we were there recently (april 2007) on a lovely sunny day we had to contend with a guy with a petrol powered remote controlled car, a young lad skidding about on a scrambler and worst of all a group of kids pouring a container of oil down one climb, leaving an oil slick all the way down the rock and into the pool which was still visible a couple of weeks later. i still think its a great little quarry with a good variation of climbs but is in danger of being ruined by the saturday night cider crew and those who like to make as much noise as possible for recreation.
gjh1978 - 27/Apr/07
Mind the dog poo, but yea potentially as good as Parbold, take from that what you will, Splash Arete is a nice climb and the concave wall is ok once you have done it, think its a place where you have to form your own opinion of. Some nice climbing but only for on the way to wiltons or anglezarke
Jimbo MSider - 08/Nov/06
Mohammed the Mad Monk of the Moorside and Splash Arrete are really good climbs for those who are just getting into there outdoor climbing.
Chris Rhodes - 17/Aug/05
Don\'t leave without climbing Mohammed (VS 4c), a classic route which is never too hard and has plenty of protection available.
Matthew Rushton - 14/Apr/02
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