Regional Access Database

Advice Blue Scar

Outstanding, unusually coloured crag with some of the best, hard trad. limestone challenges in the county.

BMC Area Yorkshire Rock Type Limestone
Climbing Area Yorkshire Limestone Access Status Advice
County North Yorkshire CRoW Land No
Importance National No. of Routes 120
Ownership Private Year Developed 1961
Within National Park Yes Grid Reference SD936708

New access arrangements are currently under trial between the landowners and the BMC. Currently access can only be gained with written permission of the landowner, Patrick Walker via'. Mr Walker owns the farm land and buildings below the left hand side of the cliff and the left wing of the crag. Other landowners own the various parcels of land below Central Wall and the Right Wing and the majority of the cliff face and are happy for climbing to continue but so far, the only agreed access route from the road is via Mr Walker's Land.

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

 Peregrine habitually, and Raven occasionally, nest on this cliff and are generally more sensitive to disturbance here than at other sites such as Malham Cove.

The magnificent landscape of the Yorkshire Dales was shaped by melting glacial ice 300 million years ago to produce the towering crags, shadowy peaks, rock-pavements, and picturesque valleys found today. The area was designated as a National Park in 1954, and covers approximately 1,769 km/683 square miles with many nationally significant climbing venues and a rich diversity of wildlife. Most of the crags in this region lie within Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s), a designation with a high level of legal protection for wildlife and geology. Responsibility for identifying and protecting SSSIs in the Dales lies with Natural England – the statutory governmental advisor on conservation issues and contributor towards the Yorkshire Dales Green Climbing Guide. The guide is intended to help climbers or walkers identify the protected flora, fauna, and geology found in the Dales and contribute towards their conservation. Click this link to see the guide; The guide is also available free from the BMC office or at various tourist offices in the region.

This page was last updated on 14/06/2016. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.