Regional Access Database

Advice Chapel Head Scar

Sport climbing on limestone - its steep and fingery routes will test even the fittest.

BMC Area Lake District Rock Type Limestone
Climbing Area South Lakes Limestone Access Status Advice
County Cumbria CRoW Land No
Importance National No. of Routes 73
Ownership Within National Park Year Developed 1974
Within National Park Yes Grid Reference SD443862

The crag lies within a National Nature Reserve and is an important area of SSSI semi-ancient woodland with Special Protection Area (SPA) status. The Lake District National Park Authority (responsible for managing recreation at Chapel Head) and the BMC have worked closely together to promote good practice at the crag - please respect the following: 1. No access to cliffs north of central gully. 2. Please do not remove ivy or damage trees along crag base. 3. Take all litter home with you. 4. There are no toilets at Chapel Head - please be discreet.

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

The restriction is signed and applies to the whole crag.

The birds are regularly monitored and the restriction lifted early if they don't nest or fledge early. This is a difficult site to check given the nesting location of the birds but if there are changes to this restriction, they will be posted as soon as the status of the birds is known.


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 the BMC and FRCC websites in early May for details. 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 13/02/2015. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.