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Harpur Hill Quarry

Derbyshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 292 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces NE

Crag features
An impressive collection of quarried walls high above Buxton in an exposed position (if its windy its cold, even on a sunny day!). Hence dries quickly. Rock generally good, excellent in places, with routes up to 33m long. Recent developments have left a number of worthwhile lower grade sport routes, many of them with a 'trad' feel about them due to the type of climbing and run-out ("proper climbing, not just crimping"). Best routes are Mousehunt (6c), Bag of Bones (6b), The Prophecy (6c+), Coral Seas (6a+), Ratline (7b) and Cairn (7a+).

An excellant article on the infamous Battle of Harpur Hill by Mick Ward can be found here

Access notes
From Harpur Hill (south of Buxton), head west (Grin Low Road), taking the first turning to the left up the hill. Continue until the road levels out in an industrial complex. Park near the old disused railway line on the left. Folow the line forking right to enter wasteland below the quarry. The upper tier is approached from the right.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

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Peak Limestone (2012), Peak District : Climbing (2008), From Horseshoe to Harpur Hill (2004), Northern Limestone Route Database (2001), (1995), Peak Limestone - Stoney (1987),
Out of print: Northern Limestone (2004)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
2Coming to an end6a+ 2
3In My Darkest Hour5a 8
4Endsville6a 9
5Centreville6a 5
6Will They?5a 1
7People Will Talk5a 54
8The Parting of the Lips5a 43
9Ear to Ear6a+ 21
10UncreasedVS 4c 2
11HairlineVS 4c 2
12The Mouth Waters6b+ *12
13I'm a Port Vale dribbler.6a 1
14George Stark Calling6a+ *42
15Stark Disbelief6c+ 9
16The Dark Half6b *29
17Graveyard Blues6a+ 4
18In Stark Contrast6b+ *3
19Over the Deadline6b 2
20Automatic Writing6a 2
21Fools Stuffing6a+ 3
22Pillar of Wisdom6b 1
23The Invasion of the Creepazoid6c+ 2
24Later That Night6b 3
25The Coming of the Sparrows5c 48
26Stop the Pigeon6b+ 2
27Ken Dodd's Dad's Dogs DeadHVS 5b 2
28Gathering Darkness6c+ 2
29A Trip on the Dark Side6a+ *41
30Feel My Presence6b+ 10
31Tapenard6b 1
32Wild Olives6b *18
33Gorignak6a+ 25
34Galaxy Quest5c 12
35Omega 136a *39
36Dr Lazarus6a+ 13
37ZebedeeVS 4b 1
38Balance of ActionsHVS 5a 1
39GreensleevesVS 4b 2
41What's the paint5a 8
42Pity The Grafitti5a 2
43Set Fred Free6a 2
44Wilky's Revenge5c *2
45Coyote Club6a 1
47Wily Coyote (Trad)E2 5c 1
48Wile E Coyote6a * 
49Beep, Beep6a+ * 
50Road Runner5a * 
51Road Runner (Trad)E1 5b 1
52Running for Cover5c * 
53The Run Off4a  
55Angleterre5a 5
56This England7a+ 2
57Pleasant Valley SundayE1 5b 3
58UpthrutchVS 4c *1
59Gritarete7a *2
60Snake EyesE3 5c *1
61Strangled at Birth6b *11
62Sincerely Yours6b *4
63I'm in the Sin Bin5c *20
64The Seven Deadly SinsHVS 5a **42
65Coral Seas6a **351
66Avarice Allsorts7a *32
67LustVS 4c 3
68Freedom of ChoiceVS 4c 1
69Rocky Variations6b **140
70Apollo Creed6b **120
71The Seven Deadly VirtuesE1 5b **28
72Luddite Thought PoliceE3 6a *1
73Penal ServitudeE2 5b *5
74Full Frontal6c+ *22
75El Camino RealE1 5b **21
76Power of Soul7b *12
77Dementia Normale6a *100
78The Last Straw6b 11
79Figure of Law6c+ *3
80I Am The Law6b+ 1
82Danny Cool5a 4
83Cool Danny6b+ 2
84Screaming Wheels6b *8
85Swain's World6b *5
86No Man's Land6b+ 4
87Exclusion Zone6b+ *13
88The Iron Curtain6b 20
89Mousehunt6c 5
90Slowly, Slowly Catch A Monkey6a+ *5
91Thang Thing7a 2
92Thing Thang7a 2
93Slab de Lune6a 4
94Stack of Stones6a+ *30
95Bag of Bones6a+ *66
96Plate of Scones6b+ *1
97Sara Laughs6b+ 7
98Tenth Heaven6b *1
99Calci-Mauve6b+ *36
100Glas Double7a *1
101Over the Hill6c **27
102NostalgiaE4 6a **1
103The Omen6b **6
104Yogi Bare7a *8
106Four Telling Tales6c *25
107The Talisman6c+ 7
108Bleingassen6c *1
109The Oracle7b 2
110The Prophecy7a *15
111Supernatural6a 30
112The Indian Cottage7a 1
113What a Load of Roti6a *5
114Aloo Gobi6c 4
115Pappadum Groove6a 6
116Quartz Initial6b+ 7
117Unnamed6a 3
118Viagra Falls6c+ 4
119Different Seasons6a+ *33
120Apt Pupil6c *7
121In the Gravy6a+ *42
122From Cradle to Grave6c *7
123Calcite Claws6c *4
124So Veneer6b 2
125The End6a 1
127Inconsiderate Blinking6a+ 2
128Hey Diddle DiddleE1 5b * 
129Unilateral Thinking6c 1
130Pell MellE3 5c 1
131The Light7a *1
132Take Flight7a 1
133Buxton Goes French6b+ 2
134Outer Limits6b+ *7
135Twilight Zone6a+ 3
137Skid Pan Alley5a 6
138Pole Position6a+ 7
139Checkered Flag5c 11
140Peter Perfect5a 8
141Penelope Pit Stop5a 8
142The Whacky Races5a 5
143The Silver Stone6a *6
144Long Playa6b *18
145Dodgem Central6b *11
146Life's a Drag6a *9
147TT Special5a 5
148Brands Hatched6a 3
149Trick Cyclist6b+ *2
150Speed Freak6b *2
151Screaming TargetE3 6a ** 
152Boneman ConnectionE2 5c  
153Fist to Fist is DoneVS 4c *2
154Mikey DreadHVS 4c  
155ScientistE1 5b  
 Climb nameGradex
156Speed Trails7a *2
157High Impact6a+ *11
159In Isolation6a 2
160Grow FinsE2 5b * 
162Sleeping Sickness6a *4
163My Bed's Downstairs6a 4
164Sleep On It6b *5
165Easy On The Gas5a 13
166The Pillar Walk5c 13
167Addit and Scarper6a+ *3
168You've Addit6a *6
169Addit Enough5c 10
170Long walk off a short pier6a+ 2
171Tooooo long6a *5
172Longevity6a *5
173Long Time No See6a *3
174The Long Walk6b *3
175So Long, Farewell6a 6
176Belonging5c 17
177Doh6b *4
179Thankyou Grooves5a *4
180Arteaclism6a+ 1
181Overbored5a 73
182Gatting the Groove6a 74
183Mine Anarchy6a 107
184Only Ken's Anarchy Will Do6b 69
185Always Break the Rules5c 125
186Snap Decision5c 93
188The Candyman6a+ 67
189Flossy's Slab6a+ *106
190Toy Story6a 55
191Suck on This6a+ 46
192Jelly Beans6a+ 11
193Smartie People are Happy People6a 79
194Candy Store6a 57
195Tempting Children6c+ 7
196Would you like a Sweety6c *39
197Bolts 'R' Us6a+ 35
198Sing for Your Dinner6b+ 6
199Do Little6a 7
200The Sweat Shop6a 2
201Totti for England4a 22
202A Bit of Totty6a 58
203Top Totty5a 127
204Jelly Tots5a 99
205Tiny Tots6a 98
206Teeny Tots6a 62
208The Jap's Eyes are on You6b+ 6
209Outside Tokyo6b 23
210Nagasaki Grooves II6b 17
211Sumo7a *17
212A Nip in the Air6b 7
213Geisha Grooves6a 32
214Saweno Gancho6c *6
215Setting Sons6a 27
216The Golden Goose6a 34
217Hong Kong Fewy6a+ 46
218The Rising Sun5a 63
219Kamikaze Clone6a+ 31
220Riding Shogun5a 16
221Fuji Fantastic6a 1
222Picture This6a+ 1
223JokoharmaVS 5a 1
225Argy Bargy5a 7
226The Misfits6a 37
227Hissing Sid6b 47
228Slippery BillHVS 5a 3
229Ratline7b **31
230Cairn7a+ ***174
231Stealth7a *8
232Great White6a 89
233Orca6a+ 8
234The Naked Spur5a 127
235Assault and Battery6b+ 4
236Trial and Error7a 7
237Senile Delinquents5c *119
238Cabin Fever6b 31
239UnknownS 3
240Fred FlintstoneVS 4b 12
241Barney RubbleVS 4c 6
242Yabba Dabba Doo!VS 4b 4
243Breakfast at Safeways6b 61
244Jam Butty Mines CrackVS 4c *19
24599p Special6b 47
246Food for Sport6a 39
247Full set6a+ 17
249Sons of the DesertVS 4c  
250Duelling TrousersHVS 5a  
251Edge Play5a *6
252Play Doh6a 5
253Helter Skelterer6a+ 1
254Groovy Player6a+ 1
255Movie Player6a 4
256Pachucho Cadaver (Movie Player)6a *3
257Hard Player6b+ 1
258I'm not a player4a 8
259E for FrictionE1 5b  
260Terror of the Towers7a 2
261Whose is Casey ?6a 10
262That Ball, LoveVS 4b  
263Clackers Sprained my KnackersS  
264Leben TodF6a+ *6
265Hamlet, Prince of Players6a+ *3
266William's Plays Shakespeare6a+ 1
267Flog the Lume6a 10
268A Comedy Of Played Errors6a+ 2
269Did Romeo Play4a 15
270Will Juliet6a+ 3
271A merchant played in venice4a 11
273By Caesarean5a 68
274New Arrivals6a 53
275Expecting5a 134
276Induction Program5a 89
277Premature6a 28
278Safe Haven5a 79
279The Hollow Man5a 89
280Christian Salvage Man6a *107
281Which Depp-Artment6a 53
282Ichabod5c 61
283Sleepy Hollow6a *84
284Bonny Helena5a 10
285Gone for a Tim Burton5a 95
286The Height Below5a 83
287The Sanctuarian6c 20
288For Haven's Sake6b 38
289Downtown6b *48
290What Lies Beneath6b 17
291haven or hell6a 14
293Clean Line5c 1
294Mean Team4c 1
295Cart the Wheel6a *1
296Jamma yer Hut6a+ 1
297Slip Yer Foot6a+ 1
298Atomic Tommy CooperE2 5b  
299Clay ManVS 4c  
300Dog CanuteE1 5b **1
301YardcoreE3 5c *1
302No Retreat6a+ 1
304Gooncrack6b+ 3
305Short Sport6b 1
306Pebble dashed S 4a *1
307Ask Mr. T for tea 6c+ *1
308The Bullet 7a  
309Will It never End *4a 1
310Is this the end *5a 1
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The Long Wall could really do with some "care and attention". All rather dirty and a bit vegetated and with very old lower off karabiners. Not exactly over bolted either and many off the routes deserve a flutter symbol. A pity as some of the rock is nice and it is all at a nice angle!
roger whetton - 18/Jul/14

If you keep to the best bits (the Upper Tier and Cairn sector) the rock quality is excellent and some of the routes are amongst the best of their grade in the Peak: Ratline, Cairn, Four Telling Tales, Over the Hill, Power of Soul, Coral Seas and quite few others.
stp - 13/Jun/14

There really is a load of tosh talked about this crag."The water is toxic"! WTF its not a spa that's Buxton!You're going to climb not swim! Good routes, some very worthwhile especially on the upper tier.But fine believe the rubbish spouted if you wish it leaves it nice and quiet for the rest of us:)
andybirtwistle - 30/Jul/13

If you have defaulted on your mortgage, been declared bankrupt or you have been advised to give your shoe laces to your mates, then this is the place for you.......... If not then go somewhere else. Seriously. Any where else but here. The water is toxic. The routes are loose and the bolts are something out of popular mechanics 1902 edition.
sputnik - 30/Aug/12

Good area for a climb, we parked in the village and walked to the Quarry. The climbs are good although the ones we climbed did have some loose rock so Helmets are a must. As far as the bolts go they are in pretty good shape but we found the first bolts to be quite high! So much so on some of the climbs a fall from the bolt at chest height would have resulted in 2-3 metre fall. Otherwise A very good venue if you don't expect to much.
magicmartin - 30/May/12

Visited here on Saturday 26th. Would highly recommend that people follow the warnings on parking in the guide. The parking area was very very busy (although hardly any climbers were visible on the crag) and they were clamping and ticketing anything and everything outside of the designated areas.
mattwyles1 - 28/May/12

You can't park by the disused railway line, there are clamping warnings everywhere. We found a place further up the road past the karting track on the left.
Paul Hy - 19/Apr/12

A contender for the most dismal major sport venue in the country. A post-modern celebration of low expectation consumer demand and cruddy rock. Enjoy!
Bulls Crack - 02/Oct/11

Went there today for a look and a traverse around the rocks. Most of the quarry is bolted, creating endless opps for routes. Helmet may be a good idea on some routes as there is a lot of loose rubble at the top of some rocks. Dries very quickly, and extremely windy.
usherwoodm00 - 12/Nov/08

A lot of the routes on the Prophecy buttress have high first bolts and steep sloping ground below. Take extra care as a slip can result in a cartwheel down onto sharp rocks. Often worthwhile carrying a set of wires.
Chris the Tall - 07/Jun/04