Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 430m a.s.l
Iron Road - Upperwood Quarry, Saddleworth. © Chris Tan
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.
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).
'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.
|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