Following development of the crag in the mid 1990's, the landowner (residents of Crosthwaite and Lyth) expressed concerns about damage to the conservation value of the site. A 10 year moratorium on climbing was agreed by the BMC, on the understanding that after this, access for climbing would be restored. Extensive attempts to negotiate access at White Scar by the BMC and the Lake District National Park Authority have taken place after the end of the moratorium period, however the Landowners Committee, (which represents the residents of Crosthwaite and Lyth) continues to decline attempts at negotiation. As a result, the BMC is no longer in a position to support a voluntary climbing ban at White Scar. The landowner has advised that access to the crag is not permitted, however it is up to individual climbers to make their own decision whether to visit the site.
Regardless of the current access situation, any climber who decides to visit the site is advised to observe the following points in order to maintain the image of climbers being responsible users of the countryside:
The crag is a Peregrine nest site and should be avoided during the periods stated below in the ‘Seasonal Restrictions’ section of this page.
The crag is within a SSSI with rare flora inhabiting the cliffs and approaches. No vegetation removal should take place.
Installation of more fixed equipment is strongly discouraged as this was a major issue which led to the initial access problems.
Restrictions apply from
Reason: Nesting Birds
Peregrine and raven nest on White Scar between 15th Feb and 30th June each year - regardless of any access agreements or otherwise, no climbing should take place during this period.