As the Covid-19 lockdown eases, access for climbing is opening back up, subject to some measures and restrictions depending on where you are going. Please make sure you have read and understood our current advice before heading out and apply it alongside RAD advice to ensure access issues don’t develop.

Castle Rock

Eastern Crags

Good roadside climbing at all grades - popular and sheltered. There was a large rockfall on the upper left side of the North Crag in Nov 2018. There is still some loose rock and the upper sections of the routes left of Overhanging Bastion have been destroyed. Overhanging Bastion has been re-climbed with a variation at the top of the gangway pitch. The most up to date information that has been reported can be found on the FRCC website.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Volcanic
Importance: National CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Utilities Company No. of Routes: 60
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed:
Grid Reference: NY 321 197

IMPORTANT NOTE: following a number of years of increasing instability, a significant rockfall occurred in November 2018 on the North Buttress. This has resulted in signficant changes to this section of the crag, including some areas with still loose rock. Any climbers considering climbing on this part of the crag should be aware of the potential for loose rock and changes to routes within the rockfall area.

CRoW Information

Open access land, designated under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act (2000) give area access rather than linear access as provided by public rights of way. It also gives a legal right of access specifically for climbing, as well as walking and other quiet recreation on foot.

Please bear in mind however that the landowner still has the right to restrict access for up to 28 days per year (often used on public safety grounds for shooting in moorland areas), and can also apply for longer term restrictions with Natural England (such as bans on dogs, or regular restrictions during particular times of year). It is important to check for these restrictions regularly as they can be added at short notice – all details for open access land in England can be found on Natural England’s website.  

Area information

With implimentation of the CRoW Act (2000), many Lakes fells and crags now have an Open Access designation. They also have many nationally important bird and plant species dependant on inaccessible crags/ledges and heather/mixed heath environments for survival. During the bird nesting period, a number of species can be vulnerable to disturbance. The Lake District restrictions are monitored, variable (VR) and reviewed in April/May. If the birds do not nest, restrictions are lifted early. Check the BMC and FRCC websites in early May for details. New restrictions will be notified on the websites and with on-site notices. To view the BMC's Lake District Green Climbing Guide click this link:

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