Restricted Access

The BMC Access Fund and Patagonia equipment funded footpath stabilisation work at the crag in early 2000.

16 October 2020 - The parking for Shepherds Crag at Lodore Farm is closed. Please look to park elsewhere: Kettlewell or Bowderstone car parks , bus from Keswick or cycle. We need to respectful of the owner’s decision. The Lakes area access reps are hoping to meet with the owner soon.

03 January 2023 - Rockfall reported "I was walking below shepherds crag on Jan 1st, and found what appears to be a very recent rockfall.

I don't know the crag, so can't tell you what route it was near, but walking from the south of the crag it was just before the path starts to drop steeply near the north end.

It was dusk, so I couldn't see where the rock had fallen from (low down, or higher up), but it seemed to have a smashed tree associated with the debris.  Main block was probably 2m x 1.5m x 1.5m approx.  No idea if routes are affected at all, but I suspect that the area needs to be inspected by someone competent in the area of safety/stability of rock.

Update to follow once area has been investigated. 

Rockfax Description
One of the best pitches at the grade in the area. Start just right of the diagonal line of Brown Slabs Arete.
Climb up and then slightly right to gain a block (level with a tree to the right). Move up onto the block then finish up the slab above on positive holds. © Rockfax


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User Date Notes
gilandcoop 25 Sep, 2022 Show βeta
βeta: Greasy until the sun hits it; the top of the climb has a long run-out on good holds as gear placement is scarce
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βeta: Greasy until the sun hits it; the top of the climb has a long run-out on good holds as gear placement is scarce

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Style of Ascent
Alt Leads
Not Set
Flashed (β)
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Not Set
Route of Interest
Ash Tree Slabs

Grade: VD ***
(Gimmer Crag)

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