Castle Rock (Thirlmere)

Eastern Crags

Good roadside climbing at all grades - popular and sheltered.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Volcanic
County Cumbria Access Status: Advice
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

On Open Access land. See map here;

Area information

Many Lake District fells and crags now have an Open Access designation following the CRoW Act. 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 and reviewed each year through the season. If the birds do not nest, restrictions are lifted early - any updates to climbing restrictions will be updated on the crag page on RAD as soon as any changes are known about.

Weather Information

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