Due to ground nesting birds, the landowners have been granted a CRoW Act restriction to ensure dogs are kept on a lead. Most of the crag is also on the North York Moors SSSI.
Parking and Approach
Parking can be an issue for the Scugdale crags. There is a small parking bay beneath the crags and some off road parking requiring consideration for road users. Parties should consider car sharing from Swainby village. There is an alternative approach combining a moor walk from Carlton Bank. Please be aware that although the crags are on Open Access land, the path from immediately below the crags is not and is used on a permissive basis.
Open access land, designated under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act (2000) give area access rather than linear access as provided by public rights of way. It also gives a legal right of access specifically for climbing, as well as walking and other quiet recreation on foot.
Please bear in mind however that the landowner still has the right to restrict access for up to 28 days per year (often used on public safety grounds for shooting in moorland areas), and can also apply for longer term restrictions with Natural England (such as bans on dogs, or regular restrictions during particular times of year). It is important to check for these restrictions regularly as they can be added at short notice – all details for open access land in England can be found on Natural England’s website.
Park minibuses so that other climbers can also park.
Please be mindful of the impact of top-roping etc on the soft sandstone rock.