Regional Access Database

Advice Wallowbarrow Gorge

A series of buttresses make up Wallowbarrow Gorge, including the friable Cornflake Buttress, Pen crag and Seathwaite Buttress.

BMC Area Lake District Rock Type Volcanic
Climbing Area Dow, Duddon & Slate Access Status Advice
County Cumbria CRoW Land Yes
Importance Local No. of Routes 51
Ownership Private Year Developed 1956
Within National Park Yes Grid Reference SD224966

Restrictions apply from  1 March - 30 June. Reason - Nesting Birds

The restriction is signed on site and applies to the whole 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 13/02/2015. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.