Climbs 51
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 430m a.s.l
Faces SE

Iron Road - Upperwood Quarry, Saddleworth. © Chris Tan

Crag features

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.

Approach notes

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). No dogs.

Restricted Access

'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.


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)
On Peak Rock (2003)
Moorland Gritstone - Chew Valley (1988)

Out of print:
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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Gully Quarry 
2Psycho 2
E1 6b *1
3Chiseller's Choice
S 4b 5
4Grumbling Groove
5The Splitter
MVS 5b  
6Finger Wall
HVD 10
7Wall End
HS 4
8The CracksVS 4c 4
9Grumpy Old ManV1 2
10Was All SodsVS 5a 2
11Sod All
S 4c 5
 main quarry 
13Little Running Water
VS 4c *16
1424 Carat Laughter
E2 5b  
15Big Heap
HVS 5b *2
16The Green Meanies
E2 5b  
17Heap Big Corner
HVS 5a 3
HVS 5b 1
19Little Bighorn
E5 6a  
20TomahawkE4 6a * 
HVS 5a 1
22Giteche Manitou
E1 5b  
23Play it SafeE4 6a * 
24Piece of PipeHVS 5b **14
25Pipe-lineE3 5c * 
26Waiting for an AlibiE5 6b * 
27Pipe of PeaceVS 4b 4
28The Screaming AbdabsE3 6a * 
29TurtleE1 5b ***29
30Edge Your BetsE5 6c *** 
31RenaissanceE4 6a ***7
32Give the Dogg a BoneE5 6b **1
33Forked TongueHVS 5b *22
VS 4c 13
35Hi Ho Silver
E4 6b  
36HowHVS 5a *15
37Iron RoadE3 5c *13
38RenegadeHVS 5a *4
39Wampum WallS 4a *17
40The Last Mohican
E6 6b *1
41Yellow Peril
E3 5b  
42General CustardE3 6a *1
VS 4c  
VS 4b 1
45Tickled PinkE1 5b *1
46A Man Called HorseHVS 5a 2
VS 4c  
48Psychotic Enaema SquadV9 **1
49Indian Ink
50Um Little Plum
VS 4c  
VS 5a 1
52Adios AmigoE2 5c *5
53Cowboys and IndiansE1 5c **1

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