The crag is owned and managed by Natural England and located in the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve.
Restrictions apply from
Reason: Nesting Birds
Raven and peregrine are nesting on the crag in 2017 which means two different areas of restriction, each with different dates as follows:
15th March - 31st May: all routes between Cracked Edge and Solitaire
15th March - 30th June: all routes from Solitaire rightwards
In addition to this, climbers should approach the crag using the lower (left hand) branch of the approach path which avoids Raven Buttress and make sure you move quickly along it rather than stopping to watch the birds. This left hand branch is a bit hard to spot as it clearly hasn't been used much recently, but it branches off the main path at a small cairn approx 30-40m from the toe of Raven Buttress and stays in the trees.
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 crag but for several routes it is 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.