Eden Valley

A fine set of sandstone outcrops in a peaceful setting overlooking the River Eden - nice suntrap which can remain dry when other Lakes crags are wet. Some easier routes up to 30m and planty of desperate slab routes.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Sandstone
Importance: National CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Forestry Commission No. of Routes: 106
Within National Park: No Year Developed:
Grid Reference: NY 505 452

The rock at these crags is a soft sandstone - only use very soft brushes to clean hold (no wire brushing) and take care when setting belays.

Game shooting takes place in the nearby Coombs Wood during the season - usually on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Forestry Commission who own the crag have carried out a program of tree clearance along the crag base to improve climbing conditions with funding from the BMC. The timber generated from this has been stacked at the base.  It is hoped that further limited clearance will be will be done in the future.

CRoW Information

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.  

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 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:

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