Langdale Boulders


Historic venue with excellent hard problems and traverses.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Volcanic
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: National Trust No. of Routes: 42
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1910
Grid Reference: NY314059

This site contains some of the best examples of prehistoric rock-art in England. The Cup & Ring markings can be easily seen on the slabby side of the Bottom Boulder (see problems 1 – 5, Rockfax Lakes Bouldering guide), and have been notified as a Scheduled Ancient Monument by English Heritage. This means they have a high level of legal protection, and the landowners (The National Trust) have a duty to protect them above all else. DO NOT BOULDER ON THIS FACE. The National Trust continually monitor the engravings and any damage could result in a complete ban at this famous venue.

If stock are in the field - keep dogs on a leash.

The farmer has noticed that boulderers have been removing stones from the dry stone wall to level out landings under the boulders and protect mats from mud and sheep dung. Please do not do this as it could easily lead to access issues - dry stone wall repair is expensive and the farmer is rightly annoyed about deliberate damage to his wall.

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.  

Group Advice

Not suitable.

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 notice boards in shops, walls and cafés in early May for details and the BMC and FRCC websites. 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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