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Brown Cove Crags

Cumbria, ENGLAND

Climbs 20 – Rocktype Rhyolite – Altitude 800m a.s.l – Faces N

Crag features
A Large broken crag with mainly easy routes but potential for short technical pitches. Comes into winter condition quickly and is popular.

Weather forecast

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0.0mm rain
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11 °C
30 kph

2.4mm rain
Mainly cloudy
9 °C
14 kph

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12 °C
13 kph

3.3mm rain
8 °C
11 kph

0.4mm rain
9 °C
12 kph
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Lake District Winter Climbs (2006), Winter Climbs in the Lake District (1997)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGradex
1Left Parallel GullyI *55
2Parallel Gullys RibII 20
3Right Parallel GullyI 71
4Left ButtressII 55
5Left Buttress Variation finishIII 21
6Stepped RidgeIII *77
7Stepped Ridge - Corner FinishIII  
8Stepped Ridge - Fêler Putain finishIV 4 *1
9Central Buttress3 26
10Left BranchII 100
 Climb nameGradex
11Central GullyI/II 235
12Right Buttress CrackIII *125
13Chimney and CrackIV 4  
14Summer stepII 6
15Stepped Ridge (Summer scramble)2 46
16Grace and FavourIII  
17Two GroovesIV 6 **51
18Two Grooves - Variation FinishIV 6 * 
19Broad gully right of main cragI 16
20Central Gully Chimney Finish *II/III *6
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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Access notes
Environmentally sensitive flora. About 60mins walk from the Swirls car park. Easy access from the top of the Crag to the routes on the Red Tarn Face of Helvellyn via Swirral Edge.

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JamesGibson - 17/Feb/14

I've updated the crag to be consistent with the latest winter guide (I hope!) I still have my doubts about whether the diagram in the latest guide is right.
Will Smith - 14/Jan/14

Would concur with the poor route diagram. Central Gully is shown in the wrong place!
Ghastly Rubberfeet - 01/Mar/10

A note needs to be made to avoid confusion on this route. This winter line, as described and as shown in the topo of the 2006 Cicerone Winter guide, does follow the line of a Summer Scramble called 'Brown Cove Crags Central Buttress' as described by R.B Evans in his 'Scrambles in the Lake District' - (Cicerone 1985). It does this almost perfectly and to the letter. It does not, however, in any way follow the summer scramble of 'Stepped Ridge' which is also described by Evans in 'More Scrambles in the Lake District' (Cicerone 1990). This line is found on the Right Buttress not the central one. Confusion, I think, has arisen because both summer scrambles involve a through route, however, the Riley's Window move of Central Buttress is certainly distinctive enough and definitely the one followed by the winter line. Confusion has also arisen, in my view, over the topo for the crag in the new FRCC Winter Guide being wrong, in marking left branch and central gully in the same place, this differs from Birkett’s guide.
jimorothy - 16/Feb/10