The crag is owned and managed by Natural England and located in the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve.
Restrictions apply from
Reason: Nesting Birds
The restriction applies from Cracked Edge rightwards, covering all routes on The Bay and Raven Buttress.
During the restriction period, climbers may initially follow the climber’s path from Ravensdale cottages until they are approximately half way up. At this point there is a second sign and a barrier across the path to prevent access to Raven Buttress. Turn left at this second sign & barrier and head directly North, crossing the fence line where a section has been removed. Access the scree slope which is just beyond the fence before heading directly up to Rockbiter Wall/Flying Buttress/Left End, with the fence line to your right to avoid the restricted area at the base of The Bay and Raven Buttress. Please make sure you move quickly and quietly along the path and through the woods.
Whilst climbing please avoid staying at the top of the crag once you have topped out and instead descend to the base as quickly as possible. The only walking descent that should be used during the restriction is the gully on the left side of the ‘Left End’ crag but for several routes it may be possible to abseil directly back to the bottom which is the quickest and best option.
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.