Restrictions apply from
May. Reason -
2014 update: two strong young raven chicks have now fledged, demonstrating that the agreed restrictions worked well. A huge thanks goes to Kevin Bull and Shaun Taylor from Natural England's Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve team who were supportive of the climbing trial to establish what extent of restriction was needed earlier this year. Thanks also to climbers who have followed the restriction and helped to demonstrate that the climbing community are responsible users of the countryside to conservation organisations.
Following a climbing trial in collaboration with Natural England site staff to establish exactly how close climbers could get to the nest before disturbing the birds, the new restriction applies to all routes on Raven Buttress, from Solitaire rightwards.
In addition to this, climbers should approach the crag using the lower (left hand) branch of the approach path which avoids Raven Buttress and make sure you move quickly along it rather than stopping to watch the birds. This left hand branch is a bit hard to spot as it clearly hasn't been used much recently, but it branches off the main path at a small cairn approx 30-40m from the toe of Raven Buttress and stays in the trees.
Avoid staying at the top of the crag once you have topped out and instead descend to the base as quickly as possible. The only walking descent that should be used during the restriction is the gully on the left side of the crag but for several routes it is possible to abseil directly back to the bottom which is the quickest and best option.