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

Iron Road - Upperwood Quarry, Saddleworth. © Chris Tan

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).

Restricted Access

'Private Land' signs have appeared at some points along the boundary with the A635 road which has led to some confusion over whether access is permitted or not. This land is designated as Open Access and the public have a full legal right to access is for recreation on foot, including climbing. Please keep dogs on a lead to help avoid future difficulties.

Guidebooks

Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Over the Moors (2012)
On Peak Rock (2003)
Moorland Gritstone - Chew Valley (1988)

Out of print:
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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Gully Quarry 
2Psycho 2
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E1 6b * 
3Chiseller's Choice
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S 4b 2
4Grumbling Groove
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HVD  
5The Splitter
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MVS 5b  
6Finger Wall
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HVD 8
7Wall End
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HS 1
8The CracksVS 4c 3
9Grumpy Old ManV1 1
10Was All SodsVS 5a 1
11Sod All
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S 4c 3
 main quarry 
13Little Running Water
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VS 4c *16
1424 Carat Laughter
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E2 5b  
15Big Heap
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HVS 5b *2
16The Green Meanies
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E2 5b  
17Heap Big Corner
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HVS 5a 3
18Cochise
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HVS 5b 1
19Little Bighorn
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E5 6a  
20TomahawkE4 6a * 
21Hawkwind
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HVS 5a 1
22Giteche Manitou
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E1 5b  
23Play it SafeE4 6a * 
24Piece of PipeHVS 5b **14
25Pipe-lineE3 5c * 
26Waiting for an AlibiE5 6b * 
27Pipe of PeaceVS 4b 4
28The Screaming AbdabsE3 6a * 
29TurtleE1 5b ***28
30Edge Your BetsE5 6c *** 
31RenaissanceE4 6a ***7
32Give the Dogg a BoneE5 6b **1
33Forked TongueHVS 5b *21
34Paleface
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VS 4c 10
35Hi Ho Silver
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E4 6b  
36HowHVS 5a *11
37Iron RoadE3 5c *13
38RenegadeHVS 5a *4
39Wampum WallS 4a *13
40The Last Mohican
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E6 6b *1
41Yellow Peril
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E3 5b  
42General CustardE3 6a * 
43Ugh
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VS 4c  
44Moccasins
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VS 4b  
45Tickled PinkE1 5b *1
46A Man Called HorseHVS 5a 2
47Muckyskins
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VS 4c  
48Indian Ink
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HS  
49Um Little Plum
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VS 4c  
50Geronimo
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VS 5a 1
51Adios AmigoE2 5c *5
52Cowboys and IndiansE1 5c **1

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