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Harpur Hill Quarry

Derbyshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 276 – 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

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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
2In My Darkest Hour5 7
3Endsville6a 8
4Centreville6a 5
5Will They?5 1
6People Will Talk5 49
7The Parting of the Lips5 36
8Ear to Ear6a+ 17
9UncreasedVS 4c 2
10HairlineVS 4c 2
11The Mouth Waters6b+ *10
12George Stark Calling6a+ *38
13Stark Disbelief6c+ 8
14The Dark Half6b *26
15Graveyard Blues6a+ 3
16In Stark Contrast6b+ *3
17Over the Deadline6b 2
18Automatic Writing6a 2
19Fools Stuffing6a+ 2
20Pillar of Wisdom6b 1
21The Invasion of the Creepazoid6c+ 1
22Later That Night6b 3
23The Coming of the Sparrows5+ 43
24Stop the Pigeon6b+ 2
25Ken Dodd's Dad's Dogs DeadHVS 5b 2
26Gathering Darkness6c+ 2
27A Trip on the Dark Side6a+ *39
28Feel My Presence6b+ 10
29Tapenard6b 1
30Wild Olives6b *17
31Gorignak6a+ 24
32Galaxy Quest5+ 8
33Omega 136a *36
34Dr Lazarus6a+ 11
35ZebedeeVS 4b 1
36Balance of ActionsHVS 5a 1
37GreensleevesVS 4b 2
38Wily CoyoteE2 5c 1
39Road RunnerE1 5b 1
41What's the paint5 6
42Pity The Grafitti5 1
43Set Fred Free6a 2
44Wilky's Revenge5+ *2
45Coyote Club6a 1
47Angleterre5 5
48This England7a+ 2
49Pleasant Valley SundayE1 5b 3
50UpthrutchVS 4c *1
51Gritarete7a *2
52Snake EyesE3 5c *1
53Strangled at Birth6b *10
54Sincerely Yours6b *4
55I'm in the Sin Bin5+ *19
56The Seven Deadly SinsHVS 5a **40
57Coral Seas6a **324
58Avarice Allsorts7a *26
59LustVS 4c 3
60Freedom of ChoiceVS 4c 1
61Rocky Variations6b **125
62Apollo Creed6b **110
63The Seven Deadly VirtuesE1 5b **28
64Luddite Thought PoliceE3 6a *1
65Penal ServitudeE2 5b *5
66Full Frontal6c+ *16
67El Camino RealE1 5b **21
68Power of Soul7b *10
69Dementia Normale6a *89
70The Last Straw6b 10
71Figure of Law6c+ *3
72I Am The Law6b+ 1
74Danny Cool5 2
75Cool Danny6b+ 2
76Screaming Wheels6b *8
77Swain's World6b *4
78No Man's Land6b+ 4
79Exclusion Zone6b+ *9
80The Iron Curtain6b 14
81Mousehunt6c 5
82Slowly, Slowly Catch A Monkey6a+ *5
83Thang Thing7a 2
84Thing Thang7a 2
85Slab de Lune6a 4
86Stack of Stones6a+ *29
87Bag of Bones6a+ *62
88Plate of Scones6b+ *1
89Sara Laughs6b+ 6
90Tenth Heaven6b *1
91Calci-Mauve6b+ *35
92Glas Double7a *1
93Over the Hill6c **25
94NostalgiaE4 6a **1
95The Omen6b **6
96Yogi Bare7a *7
98Four Telling Tales6c *24
99The Talisman6c+ 6
100Bleingassen6c *1
101The Oracle7b 2
102The Prophecy7a *13
103Supernatural6a 29
104The Indian Cottage7a 1
105What a Load of Roti6a *3
106Aloo Gobi6c 4
107Pappadum Groove6a 5
108Quartz Initial6b+ 6
109Unnamed6a 3
110Viagra Falls6c+ 3
111Different Seasons6a+ *27
112Apt Pupil6c *5
113In the Gravy6a+ *37
114From Cradle to Grave6c *5
115Calcite Claws6c *3
116So Veneer6b 1
117The End6a 1
119Inconsiderate Blinking6a+ 1
120Hey Diddle DiddleE1 5b * 
121Unilateral Thinking6c 1
122Pell MellE3 5c 1
123The Light7a *1
124Take Flight7a 1
125Buxton Goes French6b+ 2
126Outer Limits6b+ *7
127Twilight Zone6a+ 3
129Skid Pan Alley5 6
130Pole Position6a+ 6
131Checkered Flag5+ 9
132Peter Perfect5 7
133Penelope Pit Stop5 7
134The Whacky Races5 5
135The Silver Stone6a *6
136Long Playa6b *16
137Dodgem Central6b *10
138Life's a Drag6a *8
139TT Special5 5
140Brands Hatched6a 3
141Trick Cyclist6b+ *2
142Speed Freak6b *2
143Screaming TargetE3 6a ** 
144Boneman ConnectionE2 5c  
145Fist to Fist is DoneVS 4c *2
146Mikey DreadHVS 4c  
147ScientistE1 5b  
 Climb nameGradex
148Speed Trails7a *2
149High Impact6a+ *10
151In Isolation6a 2
152Grow FinsE2 5b * 
154Sleeping Sickness6a *4
155My Bed's Downstairs6a 4
156Sleep On It6b *5
157Easy On The Gas5 13
158The Pillar Walk5+ 13
159Addit and Scarper6a+ *3
160You've Addit6a *6
161Addit Enough5+ 10
162Long walk off a short pier6a+ 2
163Tooooo long6a *5
164Longevity6a *5
165Long Time No See6a *3
166The Long Walk6b *3
167So Long, Farewell6a 6
168Belonging5+ 17
169Doh6b *4
171Thankyou Grooves5 *4
172Overbored5 69
173Gatting the Groove6a 71
174Mine Anarchy6a 104
175Only Ken's Anarchy Will Do6b 66
176Always Break the Rules5+ 120
177Snap Decision5+ 91
179The Candyman6a+ 64
180Flossy's Slab6a+ *104
181Toy Story6a 54
182Suck on This6a+ 44
183Jelly Beans6a+ 11
184Smartie People are Happy People6a 74
185Candy Store6a 52
186Tempting Children6c+ 7
187Would you like a Sweety6c *37
188Bolts 'R' Us6a+ 33
189Sing for Your Dinner6b+ 6
190Do Little6a 6
191The Sweat Shop6a 2
192Totti for England4 18
193A Bit of Totty6a 57
194Top Totty5 124
195Jelly Tots5 98
196Tiny Tots6a 95
197Teeny Tots6a 60
199The Jap's Eyes are on You6b+ 6
200Outside Tokyo6b 22
201Nagasaki Grooves II6b 17
202Sumo7a *17
203A Nip in the Air6b 7
204Geisha Grooves6a 31
205Saweno Gancho6c *6
206Setting Sons6a 25
207The Golden Goose6a 33
208Hong Kong Fewy6a+ 46
209The Rising Sun5 62
210Kamikaze Clone6a+ 31
211Riding Shogun5 16
212Fuji Fantastic6a 1
213Picture This6a+ 1
215Argy Bargy5 7
216The Misfits6a 37
217Hissing Sid6b 46
218Slippery BillHVS 5a 3
219Ratline7b **31
220Cairn7a+ ***165
221Stealth7a *8
222Great White6a 86
223Orca6a+ 7
224The Naked Spur5 121
225Assault and Battery6b+ 4
226Trial and Error7a 7
227Senile Delinquents5+ *110
228Cabin Fever6b 28
229UnknownS 3
230Fred FlintstoneVS 4b 12
231Barney RubbleVS 4c 7
232Yabba Dabba Doo!VS 4b 4
233Breakfast at Safeways6b 58
234Jam Butty Mines CrackVS 4c *19
23599p Special6b 46
236Food for Sport6a 38
237Full set6a+ 17
239Sons of the DesertVS 4c  
240Duelling TrousersHVS 5a  
241Edge Play5 *4
242Play Doh6a 5
243Helter Skelterer6a+ 1
244Groovy Player6a+ 1
245Movie Player6a 3
246Pachucho Cadaver (Movie Player)6a *3
247Hard Player6b+ 1
248I'm not a player4 6
249E for FrictionE1 5b  
250Terror of the Towers7a 2
251Whose is Casey ?6a 9
252That Ball, LoveVS 4b  
253Clackers Sprained my KnackersS  
254Leben TodF6a+ *6
255Hamlet, Prince of Players6a+ *3
256William's Plays Shakespeare6a+ 1
257Flog the Lume6a 10
258A Comedy Of Played Errors6a+ 1
259Did Romeo Play4 12
260Will Juliet6a+ 1
261A merchant played in venice4 8
263Atomic Tommy CooperE2 5b  
264Clay ManVS 4c  
265Dog CanuteE1 5b **1
266YardcoreE3 5c *1
268By Caesarean5 66
269New Arrivals6a 51
270Expecting5 129
271Induction Program5 85
272Premature6a 27
273Safe Haven5 73
274The Hollow Man5 82
275Christian Salvage Man6a *103
276Which Depp-Artment6a 50
277Ichabod5+ 59
278Sleepy Hollow6a *80
279Bonny Helena5 9
280Gone for a Tim Burton5 87
281The Height Below5 78
282The Sanctuarian6c 20
283For Haven's Sake6b 37
284Downtown6b *45
285What Lies Beneath6b 17
286haven or hell6a 14
288Gooncrack6b+ 3
289Short Sport6b 1
290Pebble dashed S 4a *1
291Ask Mr. T for tea 6c+ *1
292Jokoharma *VS 5a 1
293The Bullet *7a  
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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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.
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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