Goat Crag


Marked as High Steel Knott on the 1:25000 OS map. Not to be confused with the much smaller Goat Crag in Watendlath.

Goat Crag is the general name given to a very extensive collection of buttresses of often extremely steep and high quality rock. Unfortunately much is now overgrown (after being extensively gardened in the late 60s) and most of the easier (ie. VS and HVS) routes have been lost to the moss and heather, details of them can be found on the FRCC website archived climbs section. What remains is the superb steep Great Buttress which is cris-crossed by a fantastic selection of routes from E1 upwards, including the legendary Footless Crow (E6). Adventure climbing at its best.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Volcanic
Importance: National CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Unknown No. of Routes: 27
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed:
Grid Reference: NY 245 165

No restriction. The birds nested away from the main climbing area in 2020. Please keep a low profile in nesting season - if you see the birds we would welcome any information.


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 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: www.thebmc.co.uk/lake-district-green-guide

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