Climbs 114
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 227m a.s.l
Faces SE

bancroft 1978 © brian cropper

Crag features

Quite large former quarry, up to 50ft high. Can get over grown. Great little late summer evening crag when after work play time is limited (out of the sun though PM).

At present the crag has had a good clean, many routes are now free of vegetation. As the crag is near the road and dries very quickly, it's a good bet over the winter months, especially the bouldering.

Useful links for the bouldering can be found at these sites;
[http://chewvalley.bravehost.com/bouldering/denlane/denlane.html]
[http://ktml.freeservers.com/Misc/Hard%20Grit/DenLane.htm]

Approach notes

Lies 5m E of Oldham. Take the A669 to Uppermill. Take a L (after museum), into a small road running N (parallel with the railway).
Two minute walk in (even for a Sloth).

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)
Moorland Gritstone - Chew Valley (1988)

Out of print:
Turned up this Morning at Den lane, while it was still raining, amazed to find all the rock dry. Some great climbing, if a perhaps a lot of it, a bit to hard for us. Most of the rock was reasonbly clean, and we were not challenged by anyone. Amazed this place is not more popular.
karlb - 23/Aug/14
Got met at the crag last night, by a couple, apparently the new land owners. They had no objection to climbing continuing, but did ask if everyone was insured. I believe contact details have been/will be passed to the local access Rep.
BenedictIEP - 20/Aug/13
As James said, routes left of Palais Glide are all covered in mud; cracks, faces and pockets. Barely climable. Three earth slides along the top make topping out on some routes quite difficult. Rake Wall is great though!
Moritz L - 22/May/13
Don't know about the rest of the crag but parts of long wall where totally caked in mud. Looks like the rain has washed mud down most cracks and weaknesses.
James Oakes - 21/Feb/13
Looking at the numbers of logged climbs this is a seriously underrated venue. Starting with the more prosaic stuff; It's sheltered, has good views, a short walk in and is now cleaned up. More importantly it has a large number of VS and HVS climbs, so far every climb I have done have had very different characters, all been interesting, decent height and sustained in interest. And the climbing is in a concentrated area very little faff going from climb to climb. Highly recommended.
steveshaking - 17/Apr/12
Large amount of rock/soil debris close to the base of 'The Ramp' & 'Cancan', Long Wall (28/01/12). Can't tell if it's natural and therefore unstable in that area or whether it's been dumped from the road above. Will try and take a look over the next few days...
PD - 28/Jan/12
Looks like a lot of work has been done here...anyone know if its worth a visit??
tommakin - 09/Mar/09
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  The Pit Wall
2 Lightning Crack
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VS 5a 14
3 Escalator
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D 15
4 Wallaby Groove
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VS 5a * 9
5 Carpet Corner
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HVD 3
6 Crocodile Crack
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VS 4c 6
7 Freds Fancy
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VD 2
8 Heron Crack
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VD 2
9 Dromedary Buttress
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HVD 2
  Long Wall
11 The Day The Country Closed
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E4 6a/6b 2
12 Irish Jig VS 4c 9
13 Haidrian's Wall E2 5c * 8
14 Ash Tree Direct S 4b 36
15 The Ramp VS 5b 15
16 Ramp Eliminate V6 ** 1
17 Cancan VS 5a 25
18 Long Wall Low Level Traverse V2 * 18
19 Elderberry Slab VD 28
20 Tango
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S 4b 17
21 Calypso Crack VS 5a 27
22 Vortex
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V8 4
23 Vortex Eliminate f7B+ 3
24 Quickstep VS 5b 14
25 The Link
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HVS 5b, 5b * 2
26 Pass Me That Araldite.....Please
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E1 6b 5
27 Glue Direct V8 2
28 Fire-power E1 6b 3
29 Jive HS 4b 14
30 Palais Glide VS 4c * 30
31 Fox-trot HVS 5a * 24
32 Conga E1 6a ** 1
33 Mississippi Dip VS 4c * 43
34 A Stretch Named Desire E5 6b 2
35 Long Wall Eliminate E3 6a 6
36 Orchestral Crack HVS 5a * 41
37 Three Notch Slab VS 4c * 114
38 Three Notch Slab 6a Arete
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VB 6a 6
39 The Notch Slab 6a Arete Right
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VB 6a 7
40 Peg Free
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VS 5b * 27
41 Valeta
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HS 4b 13
42 The Last Waltz
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HVS 5b 4
43 17 Minutes Of Feedback V8 ** 1
  Diamond Wall
45 Hole in the Wall
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E2 5c * 3
46 Wasp Nest Crack
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VS 1
47 Rampant Bull Cream
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E3 6a 1
48 Egad
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VS 4c 4
49 The Western World V8+ *** 1
50 The Eliminators
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VB 5b 2
51 Splitter
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f5 3
52 Arete Me Not
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f7A+ 1
53 The Whim
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f4 2
54 Whimisical
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f5 2
55 Scoop
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f6C+ 1
56 BT
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f6B 2
  Bivouac Area
58 Bivouac Route
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HVD * 10
59 Tartarus
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S ** 6
60 Midge Life Crisis
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VS 4c * 3
  Rake Wall
62 Two Slabs
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S * 7
63 Sunset Indirect
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VD 5
64 The Rake
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D 8
65 Odges Orror
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HVS 5b 6
66 Noah's Crack VS 4b 30
67 Sunset Crack VS 4c 65
68 Tony's Terror VS 4b 47
69 Pre-Kocsis
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E1 5c 1
70 Midgebite Crack HVS 5a * 46
71 The Popple HVS 5b ** 63
72 The Drooper E2 5c ** 25
73 The Connection E3 5c * 3
74 The Wilter E1 5b ** 46
75 Rake Wall Traverse
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E1 5b *** 2
76 Avalanche Crack VD 5
77 Avalanche Wall
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VD 5
78 Rake Wall Low Level Traverse 'Beer Walk'
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V0 * 37
  Climbing in this area is banned
80 Double Girdle
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S 1
81 Contortionists Crack
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VS 4c * 3
82 Kestrel Crack
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S 5a * 2
83 Scoop Arete E1 5a 4
84 Groove Direct
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HS 4b ** 1
85 Crack and Traverse
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VD * 1
86 Double Corner
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HS 2
87 Cracked Wall
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VS 4b 1
88 The Little Thing
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E1 5b * 1
89 Fishermans Groove
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D 1
90 Borrowdale Buttress
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D 1
91 Easy Traverse
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M 1
92 Connection
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VD 1
93 Great Wall Traverse
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HVD 1
94 Amphitheatre Girdle
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HVS 5b 1
95 Midsummer Nights Dream
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S 1
96 Pluto
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S * 1
97 Humdinger
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M ** 3
98 'Y' Not
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VS ** 3
99 'A'route
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VS 4c 3
100 Northern Girdle
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S 1
101 Tea Break
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VD * 1
102 Solo Route
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HD 1
103 Gardeners Delight
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HD 1
104 Golf Ball Cracks
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S 2
105 Extension
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S 1
106 Extension Direct
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HS 1
107 Blackberry Crack
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HS * 1
108 Jonahs Joy
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VS 4b 2
109 Yellow Overhang
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VS 4c * 2
110 Double Overhangs
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VS 4c * 5
111 Nobut Just
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S 3
112 Grasshopper
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HS 1
113 Sodium Lights
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M 1
114 Magnum Opus
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M * 1
115 Final Flake
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S 2
116 Grimy Grooves
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D 1
117 7 Overhangs
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VS 4c 2
  Buttress Towards Viaduct (climbing allowed)
119 The Sleeper
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E2 5c 1
120 Railway Arete
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HVS 2
121 Third Time Lucky
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VS 3

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