Regional Access Database

Restrictions/ Sensitive Access Scratchmere Scar

Small outcrop of good quality Lazonby sandstone over looking the Petteril valley.

BMC Area Lake District Rock Type Sandstone
Climbing Area Eden Valley Access Status Restrictions/ Sensitive Access
County Cumbria CRoW Land No
Importance Local No. of Routes 45
Ownership Private Year Developed 1970
Within National Park No Grid Reference NY516380

Marshalls PLC (the landowner at Scratchmere Scar), have recently agreed to allow permissive access to the crag for climbing, subject to it being completely at your own risk. Marshalls are concerned however about their health and safety obligations at a separate and adjacent active quarry to the north-west of the crag. Therefore, access is via the track from the farm below the crag and limited to the crag itself, not the land beyond. Continued access is reliant on climbers upholding this arrangement.

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 29/08/2012. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.