Regional Access Database

Restrictions/ Sensitive Access Holwick Scar

Beautifully situated Whin Sill crag in Upper Teesdale near the village of Holwick.

BMC Area North East Rock Type Igneous
Climbing Area Co. Durham Access Status Restrictions/ Sensitive Access
County Durham CRoW Land Yes
Importance Local No. of Routes 25
Ownership Estate Year Developed 1960
Within National Park No Grid Reference NY902268

The BMC have now negotiated access guidelines for climbers with the Countryside Agency, English Nature & Durham County Council, which must be followed otherwise access could be lost. This crag forms part of the Upper Teesdale Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the rich diversity of rare species and relict arctic-alpine plants. This area has a high level of legal protection, and anyone damaging conservation interests can be punished by a large fine and/or imprisonment. · Do not remove cliff vegetation this is an illegal (and punishable) offence under the Wildlife and Countryside and CRoW Acts · Climbing is only permitted on buttresses numbered 1 to 5 (in crag pamphlet) · Do not climb on the buttress between Great Chimney and Charlie’s Chimney (inc. these routes), or on the area under the black lines on buttress 3 (see pamphlet) · Avoid climbing onto the large vegetated ledges · Do not abseil from the trees · Descend from buttresses 1, 2, and 3 down the back When topping-out from buttresses 4 and 5 descend via the large grassy gully on the right · When moving between buttresses stay on the obvious ‘sheep-track’ · Do not walk on ANY of the scree slopes · Only approach the crag by the designated access point · Follow the Countryside Code · If you spot Ring Ouzel’s in early-mid March, call Natural England. Guidelines photo-pamphlet available at the crag. For more details also see;

No climbing after 9.30pm. Access to a large area of Open Access land near the crag in Upper Teesdale has been closed. The crag itself is outside of this area, however if planning a walk on the fells in Upper Teesdale, please consult the following Natural England access map to establish which areas are currently open:

The land owner has been granted a 5 year ban on dogs.

No large instuctional groups.

This page was last updated on 18/01/2013. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.