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
Good moves but the protection on the upper section is limited. Climb direct - left of Brown Slabs Crack - to a scoop and follow the right-hand side direct to the top. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Between Brown Slabs Crack (VS) and Brown Slabs (D). A great direct through the right-side of the scoop starting immediately left of Brown Slabs Crack. Climb right of the tree and continue up the steepening slab on small holds. Exit leftwards at top.

R Tolley, P Latimer Apr/2007.


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AlexKendall 15 Apr, 2021 Show βeta
βeta: Take micro cams for the top 3rd, which otherwise is very run out.
Show beta
βeta: Take micro cams for the top 3rd, which otherwise is very run out.

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