Regional Access Database

Restrictions/ Sensitive Access Langdale Boulders

Historic venue with excellent hard problems and traverses.

BMC Area Lake District Rock Type Volcanic
Climbing Area Langdale Access Status Restrictions/ Sensitive Access
County Cumbria CRoW Land Yes
Importance Regional No. of Routes 42
Ownership National Trust Year Developed 1910
Within National Park Yes Grid Reference NY314059

This site contains some of the best examples of prehistoric rock-art in England. The Cup & Ring markings can be easily seen on the slabby side of the Bottom Boulder (see problems 1 – 5, Rockfax Lakes Bouldering guide), and have been notified as a Scheduled Ancient Monument by English Heritage. This means they have a high level of legal protection, and the landowners (The National Trust) have a duty to protect them above all else. DO NOT BOULDER ON THIS FACE. The National Trust continually monitor the engravings and any damage could result in a complete ban at this famous venue.

If stock are in the field - keep dogs on a leash.

The farmer has noticed that boulderers have been removing stones from the dry stone wall to level out landings under the boulders and protect mats from mud and sheep dung. Please do not do this as it could easily lead to access issues - dry stone wall repair is expensive and the farmer is rightly annoyed about deliberate damage to his wall.

Not suitable.

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 notice boards in shops, walls and cafés in early May for details and the BMC and FRCC websites. 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 05/11/2015. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.