Buckbarrow Crag

Eastern Crags

Series of buttresses with excellent routes and quick drying rock.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Volcanic
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 27
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed:
Grid Reference: NY 484 072

Both raven and peregrine have nested here in the past, but in recent years they have switched nest sites to Goat Scar on the opposite side if the valley where there are no climbs. There is no restriction on Buckbarrow, however if the birds do return in future a restriction may be needed.

Raven were reported as nesting on Sadgill Wall in 2019, but on a later site visit a nest couldn't be identified. Please report any sightings of nesting raven (or peregrine) to access@thebmc.co.uk

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: www.thebmc.co.uk/lake-district-green-guide

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There are some old signs at the crag indicating burd ban for april and may. These are at odds with RAD entry which shows no restrictions?
Rob Dyer(staff comment)
Thanks for the heads up on this - the sign must be an old sign that should have been taken down at the end of last season. We'll hopefully have someone heading out to remove it asap, but in the meantime please be assured that the info on RAD is correct. Cheers, Rob Dyer (BMC Access & Conservation Officer)