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 develop the following good practice guidelines which should be followed by all climbers visiting the crag:
No access to cliffs north of central gully.
Please do not remove ivy or damage trees along crag base.
Take all litter home with you.
There are no toilets at Chapel Head - please be discreet.
Restrictions apply from
Reason: Nesting Birds
The restriction is signed and applies to the whole crag.
Update 20/5/20. The birds are currently feeding young so the restriction will remain in place until 30 June. If the birds fledge early or the nest fails, any update will be posted on this page as soon as we know about it.
The cliff and approach are not on Open Access land. However, a large part of the reserve (above the cliff) is, see map here;http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/enjoying/places/openaccess/default.aspx