Ravensdale

Central Limestone

Nicely positioned trad limestone catching the evening sun.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Peak District Rock Type: Limestone
County Derbyshire Access Status: Restrictions/ Sensitive Access
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 40
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1958
Grid Reference: SK174736

The crag is owned and managed by Natural England and sits within the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve.

Restrictions apply from 15 March - 30 June.

Reason: Nesting Birds

Peregrines and raven are nesting on the crag in 2017, meaning the extent of the restriction is wider this year (but luckily only extends into a rarely visited buttress) and slighly complicated by the different nesting period of each bird. The raven restriction applies from Cracked Edge to Solitaire inclusive and runs from 15th March until 31st May. The peregrine restriction applies from Solitaire rightwards and runs from 28th April until 30th June. Natural England staff will monitor the nests and the restriction will be lifted if the birds fledge early or the eggs fail.

Please approach the crag using the lower (left hand) branch of the approach path during nesting season and make sure you move quickly along it rather than stopping to watch the birds. This left hand branch can be hard to spot as it doesn't get as much use, but it branches off the main path 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.

CRoW Information

Land above and below the crag is Open Access land. See map here; http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/enjoying/places/openaccess/default.aspx

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