Scafell Crag

Scafell & Wasdale

A superb high mountain crag with six buttresses, one of Britain's finest, best visited in warm and dry weather. Loads of brilliant climbs across the full grade spectrum. Immaculate rock.  Length of routes is up to 120m.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Igneous
Importance: International CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Unknown No. of Routes: 140
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed:
Grid Reference: NY 209 067

Parking and Approach

Best approached from Wasdale in about an hours uphill grind.
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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