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Black Crag (Borrowdale)


Classic Borrowdale climbing! Two main buttresses, north buttress on the left and south buttress on the right, are home to a great collection of routes from Severe upwards, including many famous classics.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Volcanic
Importance: National CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Unknown No. of Routes: 49
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed:
Grid Reference: NY 263 172

Parking and Approach

The parking recommended in guidebooks for this crag has been closed due to rockfall concerns. The closest parking now is at the National Trust Bowderstone car park, from where a footpath leads NE past Long Crag towards Black Crag.

The approach and descent path can be very slippery - extra care should be taken, especially in descent from the base of the crag back to the car park if at all wet or damp.

Area information

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:

Weather Information

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Both laybys have been closed off, with the nearest parking now at the carpark at bowderstone ( bit of a walk)