Castle Rock

Eastern Crags

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Reports have come in that the large block that has shown signifuicant movement over the last few years on the North Buttress of Castle Rock failed at 2pm today (26/11/2018). Further instability is likely and we would recommend that climbers stay clear until a better assessment of the stability of what remains can be made.

from 26/11/2018

Good roadside climbing at all grades - popular and sheltered.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Volcanic
Importance: National CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Utilities Company No. of Routes: 60
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1928
Grid Reference: NY322197

IMPORTANT NOTE: a large section of the North Buttress around the top of 'North Crag Eliminate' and 'Overhanging Bastion' has an enormous crack running around part of the top of the crag, effectively detatching it from the crag in a potentially unstable position. This large unstable block has seen repeated further movement since being reported in 2012 with the cracks on all sides widening significantly. This is creating both small scale instability, with smaller blocks within the cracks gradually becoming dislodged, as well as the obvious large scale instability of the entire huge block. 

it is impossible to say with any certainity if or when this section of crag will fall, but it is an obvious objective risk and climbers are advised to be extremely cautious when walking underneath or climbing on the North Buttress.

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:

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