Whelter Crag

Eastern Crags

The broken line of east facing crags overlooking Whelter Bottom.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Volcanic
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Unknown No. of Routes: 10
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1990
Grid Reference: NY462137

The golden eagle who was previously resident in this valley has unfortunately disappeared. As a reulst, the previous restriction to climbing on this crag has been lifted and access in now allowed providing the following guidelines are followed:

  • Climbing is allowed within the area of crag covered by existing routes – ie from Windchild to The Spy
  • Establishing new routes within this area is fine, but outside of it are some examples of rare flora which could be damaged so no new routing outside of the area covered by the routes above
  • Please keep any gardening to a minimum. United Utilities and RSPB, who own and manage this area are restoring natural habitats in the catchment so please respect and retain the crag vegetation

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: www.thebmc.co.uk/lake-district-green-guide

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