Denham Quarry

Climbs 108 – 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:

Approach 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

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2AshimotoD 11
3WaldoHS 4b 8
4Short circuitE1 5c *1
5One Man from CairoHVS 5b *3
6GnomelyHVS 5a 4
7Narrow SlabD 10
8Splash AreteVD **173
9Last Day but OneE3 5c *4
10SplashbackE8 6b ** 
11WetVD 18
12DampVS 4c 11
13AcapulcoE2 5b 4
14DryE1 5b, 4b *2
15Flick of the WristE2 6a **27
16That's All it TakesE4 6b *110
17End of TimeE2 5b **65
18TimeE1 5a **149
19Mad KarooHVS 5a *113
20'Bout TimeE3 5c 4
21Complete StreakerVS 4c ***70
22Concave WallS 4a *434
23BevelVD 33
24Vague GrooveV1 5c 9
25CrackpotV4 6b *3
26monk puzzleHVS 5c, 4c 12
27PickpocketV1 5c 9
28Pickpocket DirectV2 6a 9
29Snatchf8A ** 
30Brittle NerveE3 6a  
31Private PalpateE4 6b 1
32TimepieceHVS 5a *21
33WallV2 5c 7
34Mohammed the Morbid MogulS 4a 132
35Going For the OneE2 5b 24
36They Don't Sell Bolts at Glacier SportsE5 6b **1
37Mohammed the Mad Monk of Moorside Home for Mental MisfitsVS 4c ***571
38The Denham TraverseV9 6c ***5
39Mohammed AreteE1 5a *42
40Mohammed the Medieval MelancholicVS 4c *214
41Mick the QuiltE4 6a  
42Green Finger CrackVS 4b 7
43CyclopsVS 5b 13
45Eric's AreteE1 5b 1
46Den DiedreVD 5
47Tower ViewVD 11
48Tower RidgeVD 5
49Tower GrooveD 13
50Tower PowerS 4
51Sea Of SlimeVS 4b 3
52LedgewayM 24
53The ClangersHS 4b 19
54Notions Of DisposibilityE1 5c 1
55Albert's AreteD 11
56NutsHS 4b 3
57PopHVS 5a 4
58RivetVS 4c 26
59FujariE5 6c  
60JanetHVS 5a 1
61Aviemore AreteS 19
62SlabracadabraVS 5b 2
64HoughVD 4
65Curving CrackD 9
66Slanting GrooveD 14
67Thin Finger CrackVS 4c 13
68Groove And WallHS 4a 9
69Low RibVD 38
70FinitoHVS 5a  
72SprainVS 4c 4
73MidgetVD 7
74NoseyVS 5b 3
75The Ceaseless TideVS 5c 4
76Snap Derisionf7B 6c **2
77FingerboreVS 4c 4
78Abrasions and LacerationsVS 5a 6
80The EdgeVD 71
81TrigularM 121
82ExtraD 49
83IntraVD 84
84LintelS 4a 59
85Central ButtressD 104
86Central Buttress DirectVD *149
87Cuckoo's NestHVS 5b 10
88The LaybackVS 4c 69
89DislocationVD 31
90WingsE1 5c 1
91ButterflyS 4a 13
92Step in the CloudsS 4b *195
93The Funny FarmHS 4b *89
94There's A Ghost In My Acid HouseE1 6a 2
95QuasimodoE1 5b 15
96Quasimodo steps into the CloudsE1 5b 2
97Super IndirectissimaA2 3
98Screaming MeemiesE3 6a 3
99BullwokerE4 6a **2
100Eff Vee TeeE4 6b  
101GanglionVS 4a 6
102ChronometerHVS 5a  
103Crono-LogicalE2 5c 2
104Jimmy SidewaysHVS 5a  
105RockdancerHVS 5a  
106Rocking Horse DroppingsS 4a 4
107Main BreakHS 4a **154
108Little Monkeyf6C 2
109The aretef5+ 3
110Easy Groovef3 5
111Undercut ProblemV8 *1
112Short Wallf5 1
113Sandy Cavef5+ 1
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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