Upperwood Quarry

Climbs 50 – Rocktype Grit (quarried) – Altitude 430m a.s.l – Faces SE

Crag features

The right-hand quarry is the larger and better of two quarries and is characterised by fierce cracks, aretes and overhangs giving routes up to 22m long of HVS and above. Starts and finishes are a little offputting on a few routes but any effort is rewarded. Sandy after rain. Definitely worth a visit for Piece of Pipe (HVS 5b), Turtle (?), or the stunning Renaissance (E4 6a) one of the best aretes on gritstone.

Approach notes

From Greenfield follow the 'Isle of Skye' Road (A635) for 2 1/4 miles to Upperwood House (an isolated farm on the right just before the road reaches the summit). Park opposite. The quarries are just behind the layby (slightly hidden from view).

Access notes

PERMISSION MUST BE SOUGHT IN ADVANCE from Mr Crowther at Upperwood House 01457 872094.

Please ensure you keep your dog on a lead whilst at this crag!

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

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

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
2Psycho 2E1 6b * 
3Chiseller's ChoiceS 4b 2
4Grumbling GrooveHVD  
5The SplitterMVS 5b  
6Finger WallHVD 8
7Wall EndHS 1
8The CracksVS 4c 3
9Grumpy Old ManV1 5b 1
10Was All SodsVS 5a 1
11Sod AllS 4c 3
13Little Running WaterVS 4c *13
1424 Carat LaughterE2 5b  
15Big HeapHVS 5b *2
16The Green MeaniesE2 5b  
17Heap Big CornerHVS 5a 2
18CochiseHVS 5b  
19Little BighornE5 6a  
20TomahawkE4 6a * 
21HawkwindHVS 5a 1
22Giteche ManitouE1 5b  
23Play it SafeE4 6a * 
24Piece of PipeHVS 5b **14
25Pipe-lineE3 5c * 
26Waiting for an AlibiE5 6b * 
27Pipe of PeaceVS 4b 2
28The Screaming AbdabsE3 6a * 
29TurtleE1 5b ***26
30Edge Your BetsE5 6c *** 
31RenaissanceE4 6a ***7
32Give the Dogg a BoneE5 6b **1
33Forked TongueHVS 5b *21
34PalefaceVS 4c 9
35Hi Ho SilverE4 6b  
36HowHVS 5a *10
37Iron RoadE3 5c *13
38RenegadeHVS 5a *4
39Wampum WallS 4a *13
40The Last MohicanE6 6b *1
41Yellow PerilE3 5b  
42General CustardE3 6a * 
43UghVS 4c  
44MoccasinsVS 4b  
45Tickled PinkE1 5b *1
46A Man Called HorseHVS 5a 2
47MuckyskinsVS 4c  
48Indian InkHS  
49Um Little PlumVS 4c  
50GeronimoVS 5a 1
51Adios AmigoE2 5c *5
52Cowboys and Indians *E1 5c **1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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Turtle suffered from rockfall approx May 2013 - possibly E3 5c now
ste_d - 18/Jul/13
Shame this place is more of a dumping ground, not sure what the 12 or so propane cylinders are there for (maybe just to liven up the place).
Jonathan Hall - 28/Sep/11
Nice to see Renaissance upgraded to 6b at last. Would-be heroes shouldn't be put off however, as the weight of the grade is in the traverse left - once there the arete is quite steady if you like exposure. And the gear...well, that'd be telling.
Al Barker - 19/Jun/03