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. 

40m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
Care needed with the rock in the first half. Start at crack in a short corner that forms the left-hand side of a small pinnacle leaning against the face. Climb the crack and wall above to an area of poorer rock. Move left and then back right to a small right-slanting corner. Pull up left to a steep groove and climb with difficulty to easier ground and the top. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Start at the lowest point of the crag at the detached flake.
(4c)Climb the left side of the flake and move up and slightly left. Traverse left for 3m and up to gain a narrow ramp line leading right to a ledge. (Poor protection and rock) - Alternatively and better climb pitch 1 of PS.
(5b)Move up and left into a corner. Make hard moves over the bulge and finish more easily up the groove.


Shepherd's Crag - top 25 , Caffs 100 Lakeland Extremes , Sean the sheep challenge


There is no feedback for this climb.

Logged Ascents

304 users have logged this

Guidebooks for Shepherd’s Crag

Not all climbs at crag may appear in this book 6 users have this on their wishlist

Please Login to view more details on the logged ascents

High E2
Mid E2
Low E2
High E1
Mid E1
Low E1
High HVS
Votes cast 43
High 5c
Mid 5c
Low 5c
High 5b
Mid 5b
Low 5b
High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
Votes cast 46
Votes cast 42
Style of Ascent
Alt Leads
Not Set
Flashed (β)
Not Set
Route of Interest

Grade: E1 5a ***

Loading Notifications...