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. 

2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
Start at a narrow corner to the left of a very smooth wall. Climb the narrow corner to a ledge. Ascend the groove above the ledge to a difficult move that allows access to the final section of corner. Climb the dominating corner moving left to finish. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Starts just to the right of Shepherds Gully and leads up the corner to the recess. Then traverse our to the right a few metres and around the corner. Finally go straight up the obvious corner to the top. Plenty of trees at the top to belay from.Up until the 1960's this climb was graded Severe.

Ticklists

Shepherd's Crag - top 25 , Lakeland's Best Multi-pitch Routes up to HVS , Turbo-Punter's Tradification

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User Date Notes
jonzza 5 Aug, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: So the good news is the lose block is no longer there, in pieces at the bottom. Would have taken a bit more care if we'd checked out this page beforehand. Had to take a trip to A&E but no major injuries thankfully.
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βeta: So the good news is the lose block is no longer there, in pieces at the bottom. Would have taken a bit more care if we'd checked out this page beforehand. Had to take a trip to A&E but no major injuries thankfully.
Scott townsend 23 Jul, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Half way up second pitch has very loose block, went to move round it and it shifted, pushing me off. Think it'll fall soon. Please watch out!!
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βeta: Half way up second pitch has very loose block, went to move round it and it shifted, pushing me off. Think it'll fall soon. Please watch out!!

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Route of Interest
Bracket and Slab Climb

Grade: VS 4b ***
(Gimmer Crag)

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