Regional Access Database

Restrictions/ Sensitive Access Spadeadam Crag

Small crag in a dramatic setting by the River Irthing.

BMC Area Lake District Rock Type Sandstone
Climbing Area Eden Valley Access Status Restrictions/ Sensitive Access
County Cumbria CRoW Land No
Importance Local No. of Routes 17
Ownership Ministry of Defence Year Developed 1970
Within National Park No Grid Reference NY642697

The crag is situated on Open Access land, however, the area is also private military land and subject to a Section 28 restriction to protect public safety. Thanks to a permissive arrangement with the RAF, climbers can access this crag.

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:

This page was last updated on 29/08/2012. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.