Climbs 23
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 245m a.s.l
Faces E

William Thompson on the Lower Buttress of Yew Crag, Gowbarrow © Thomas CarlPion

Crag features

Several buttresses up to 40m high with some good climbing and some poor! Whistler(MVS), Susan(HVS).

Approach notes

Above roadside parking place - 5 min walk.

Lower crag often used by groups - booking system run by Outward Bound Ullswater.


Brilliant for an introduction as bolts are in place at the top of routes on the lower and middle tier. The best view of ullswater from the top of the main crag for the effort you have to put in and its always interesting trying to find your way around. One incredibly bad point about this crag is I never fail to come home with ticks, often 3 or 4, and everyone I know who has been there experienced the same. As long as blood sucking parasites dont bother u (and they dont me) this is a quality venue. Id recommend all the climbs on the bottom/middle tier.
martin_whitton - 02/Sep/06
Used to be very popular however when the large block fell out of the top crag and bounded down the fell side to rest near the gate at the bottom interest seem to drop. Such classics as Gowbarrow Buttress and Susan seemed to be forgotten and the crag became overgrown. Even so Susan is well worth finding and climbing - as well as The Whistler. Gowbarrow Corner is a bit polished. Gowbarrow Buttress is going back to nature. Haven't done the Girdle for year (not many have !) The view from the top of the Upper Crag is outstanding - looking over the upper section of Ullswater You will probably not have to queue on anything !
Ron Kenyon - 11/Aug/05
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1The WhistlerMVS 4b **117
2Shamrock Crack
VD 64
3Dave's Slab
D 71
4Mike's Dilemma
VS 4b *19
5Gowbarrow Corner
HS 4b *34
6Gowbarrow Buttress
S 4a *21
7Whistle AwayHVS 5a *11
HVS 5a **44
17Gowbarrow Bastion *
HVS 5a 1
18Gowbarrow Bastion
HVS 5a  
19No Name
D 1
20Lower Buttress The left-hand faceVD 11
21Please Release Me *
HVS 4c 3
22Valicide *E3 5c 3
23Lower Buttress Thin Crack *VD 3
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