Regional Access Database

Advice Gowder Crag

Steep, imposing buttress rising out of the woodland - quick and easy access.

BMC Area Lake District Rock Type Volcanic
Climbing Area Borrowdale Access Status Advice
County Cumbria CRoW Land No
Importance Local No. of Routes 32
Ownership Unknown Year Developed 1947
Within National Park Yes Grid Reference NY266187

The rock on the top pitch of Fools Paradise VS *** is loose (as are other parts of the crag) - look out for the on-site notice.


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 25/09/2012. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.