Chapel Head Scar

South Lakes Limestone

Sport climbing on limestone - its steep and fingery routes will test even the fittest.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Limestone
County Cumbria Access Status: Restrictions/ Sensitive Access
Importance: National CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Within National Park No. of Routes: 73
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1974
Grid Reference: SD443862

The crag lies within a National Nature Reserve and is an important area of SSSI semi-ancient woodland with Special Protection Area (SPA) status. The Lake District National Park Authority (responsible for managing recreation at Chapel Head) and the BMC have worked closely together to promote good practice at the crag - please follow the agreed guidelines:

  • No access to cliffs north of central gully
  • Please do not remove ivy or damage trees along crag base
  • Take all litter home with you
  • There are no toilets at Chapel Head - please be discreet

Restrictions apply from 1 March - 30 June.

Reason: Nesting Birds

The restriction is signed and applies to the whole crag.

The birds are regularly monitored (despite the the site being difficult to check due to the position of the nest site) and the restriction lifted early if they don't nest or fledge early. 

CRoW Information

The cliff and approach are not on Open Access land. However, a large part of the reserve (above the cliff) is, see map here;

Group Advice

Unsuitable for groups

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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