/ North Lakes - crags for beginners

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djellworth on 01 Sep 2013
Good Evening All.

I am heading over to Penrith area this week for a few days (Whinfell Forest Cenreparcs............) with family and am hoping to escape "the compound" for a couple of hours now and then for some climbing.

Any recommendations for easily accessible crags as close as possible tp Penrith with a few easier routes (VD to S ish) that may not be too busy next week?

Thanks in advance. Cheers.
coinneach - on 01 Sep 2013
In reply to djellworth:

Kings Meaburn / Jackdaw Scar is only 20 mins ish from Whinfell and a great wee crag. Well worth a visit.

Or Armathwaite
apd - on 01 Sep 2013
In reply to djellworth: Windmore End about twenty minutes from Penrith is lovely, good routes and great views. Or you could pop into Borrowdale (about 30-40mins depending on how busy the roads are) which have a few nice little roadside crags; Wodens Face and Shepherds Crag.
goose299 - on 01 Sep 2013
In reply to djellworth:
Headend quarry?
coldfell - on 01 Sep 2013
In reply to djellworth: Castle Rock, South Crag- I would say having climbed at all of the others! 25mins from Penrith.
armus on 01 Sep 2013
In reply to djellworth:

Borrowdale is only 45 minutes by bus and much less driving. Nothing close to Penrith is really worth doing compared to that. Ullswater valley is closer but every crag has a big walk in.
Carolyn - on 02 Sep 2013
In reply to djellworth:

Carrock Fell boulders might also be worth bearing in mind. I'd definitely go to Borrowdale rather than Head End if I was starting from Penrith.....
Simon Caldwell - on 02 Sep 2013
In reply to djellworth:
Armathwaite
elliptic on 02 Sep 2013
In reply to djellworth:

+1 for Castle Rock south, a proper Lakes crag, close to the road with some lovely routes on it.
In reply to Carolyn:

Better for beginners would be Snail Shell Crag, just above the boulders, plenty of 20m Diffs and Severes on excellent gabbro.

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