Climbs 118
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 200m a.s.l
Faces SE

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Crag features

Den Lane Quarry is situated to the west of the pleasant small town of Uppermill - birthplace of Troll, the outdoor company. The quarry used to be a bit of a scruffy hole with dumped rubbish and even bits of old cars.

Many of the routes follow strenuous cracks and the rock is of reasonable quality. The best climbing is on the impressive Rake Wall and the loose upper section can be avoided by using the fixed belays at the top of the good climbing. The Long Wall is shorter but has some good strenuous climbs and the potential for some excellent fingery bouldering.

The crag faces east and is well-sheltered from the prevailing winds. It gets the morning sun and can be a pleasant escape from the heat on stuffy summer days. The sheltered nature of the cliff, and the trees that grow in the quarry, make it a potentially midgy venue on humid days. Despite the slopes above the quarry, the faces do not take a lot of drainage and it is usually possible to get something done here even when the weather is poor.

Approach notes

When entering Uppermill from the south, take a left turn into the narrow walled lane of Moorgate and follow this as it swings right into Den Lane. About 500m down here there is parking on the left for a couple of cars and further on room for a couple more on the right. A muddy track leads under the railway line and up into the quarry only minutes away - arriving just to the right of the right-hand end of Long Wall. The more impressive Rake Wall is located up the slope to the right.

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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.
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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 Thin Crack
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V1  
5 Caudal Crack
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VD  
6 Wallaby Groove
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HVS 5a * 10
7 Carpet Corner
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VD 3
8 Carpet ArĂȘte
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V4  
9 Crocodile Crack
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VS 4c 6
10 Fred's Fancy
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VD 2
11 Heron Crack
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VD 2
12 Dromedary Buttress
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HVD 2
  Long Wall
14 The Day The Country Closed
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V4 2
15 Irish Jig VS 4c 9
16 Hadrian's Wall E1 5c 8
17 Ash Tree Direct S 4b 37
18 The Ramp VS 5b 15
19 Ramp Eliminate V6 ** 1
20 Cancan VS 5a 26
21 Elderberry Slab VD 31
22 Tango
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V0- 18
23 Calypso Crack VS 5a 29
24 Vortex
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V8 4
25 Vortex Eliminate f7B+ 3
26 Quickstep VS 5b 14
27 The Link
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HVS 5b **  
28 Fire-power E1 6b 4
29 Pass Me That Araldite...Please
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V7 8
30 Jive HS 4b 16
31 Palais Glide VS 4c * 37
32 Conga
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E1 5b ** 1
33 Quarried Moments
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E3 6b  
34 Fox-trot HVS 5a * 25
35 Mississippi Dip VS 4c * 52
36 A Stretch Named Desire E5 6b 2
37 Dougie's Wall
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V4  
38 Long Wall Eliminate E3 6a * 6
39 Orchestral Crack HVS 5a * 48
40 Three Notch Slab VS 4c ** 127
41 Three Notch ArĂȘte Left
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V3 6
42 Three Notch ArĂȘte Right
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V3 7
Climb name Grade
43 Low Level Traverse f6A+ 18
44 Peg Free
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VS 5b * 28
45 Valenta
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VS 4b 13
46 The Last Waltz
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HVS 5b 4
47 17 Minutes of Feedback V8 ** 1
48 Flamenco V1 * 1
49 Southpaw V2 1
  The Diamond Wall
51 Hole in the Wall
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V4 * 3
52 Wasp Nest Crack
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HVS 4c 1
53 Bisector
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S  
54 The Western World V8+ *** 1
55 Rampant Bull Cream
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E3 6a 1
56 Egad
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HVS 4c 4
  The Bivouac Area
58 Splitter
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V1 3
59 Whimsical ArĂȘte V6 1
60 The Whim V0  
61 Whimsical
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V4 2
62 Whimsical Wall V4 1
63 Diarrhoea V3 2
64 Deadman's Groove
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VS  
65 Crumbling Chimney
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VD  
66 Bivouac Route
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HVD * 12
67 Tartarus
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VS 4c ** 8
68 Ricochet Rib
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VD  
69 Sella Ridge
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HVS 5a  
70 Two Slabs
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S 7
  Rake Wall
72 The Rake
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D 8
73 Sunset Indirect
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VD 5
74 'Odge's 'Orror
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HVS 5b 7
75 Rake Wall Traverse
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E2 5c ** 2
76 Noah's Crack VS 4b 33
77 Sunset Crack VS 4c 79
78 Tony's Terror VS 4b 58
79 Pre-Kocsis
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E2 5c 1
80 Midgebite Crack HVS 5a * 54
81 The Popple HVS 5b ** 74
82 The Popple Alternative Start
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HVS 5b  
83 The Drooper E2 5c ** 26
84 Connection
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E3 5c * 3
Climb name Grade
85 The Wilter E1 5b ** 50
86 Avalanche Crack
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VD 5
87 Avalanche Wall
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VD 5
88 Rake Wall Low Level Traverse V0 * 38
  Amphitheatre Buttress (Banned)
90 Contortionist's Crack
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VS 4c * 3
91 Kestrel Crack
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S 5a * 2
92 Scoop ArĂȘte
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E1 5a 4
93 Groove Direct
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HS 4b ** 1
94 The Little Thing
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E1 5b * 1
95 Amphitheatre Girdle
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HVS 5b 1
  Great Wall (Banned)
97 Connection
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VD 1
98 Pluto
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S * 2
99 'Y' Not
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VS ** 4
100 Humdinger
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S ** 4
101 Grassy Corner
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M  
102 'A' Route
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VS 4c 4
103 Tea Break
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VD * 1
104 Solo Route
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HD 1
105 Gardener's Delight
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HD 1
106 Golf Ball Cracks
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S 2
107 Extension
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S 1
108 Extension Direct
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HS 1
109 Blackberry Crack
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HS * 1
110 Jonah's Joy
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VS 4b 2
111 Yellow Overhang
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VS 4c * 2
112 Double Overhangs
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VS 4c * 5
113 Nobut Just
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S 3
114 Sodium Lights
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M 1
115 Final Flake
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S 2
  The Northern Section (Banned)
117 Magnum Opus
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VD * 1
118 Sethera
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D 1
119 Lethera
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VD 1
120 Methera
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S 1
121 Tethera
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VD 1
122 Tan
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VD 1
123 Yan
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D 2
124 Grimy Grooves
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D 1
125 Grimier Groove
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VD 1
126 Acheron
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VD 1

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