Climbs 29
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 115m a.s.l

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Space Buttress, White Scar © Lankyman

Crag features

Awesome looking crag with very iffy access. Check the BMC page before getting psyched.

Access Advice

Following development of the crag in the mid 1990's, the landowner (residents of Crosthwaite and Lyth) expressed concerns about damage to the conservation value of the site. A 10 year moratorium on climbing was agreed by the BMC, on the understanding that after this, access for climbing would be restored. Extensive attempts to negotiate access at White Scar by the BMC and the Lake District National Park Authority have taken place after the end of the moratorium period, however the Landowners Committee, (which represents the residents of Crosthwaite and Lyth) continues to decline attempts at negotiation. As a result, the BMC is no longer in a position to support a voluntary climbing ban at White Scar. The landowner has advised that access to the crag is not permitted, however it is up to individual climbers to make their own decision whether to visit the site. Regardless of the current access situation, any climber who decides to visit the site is advised to observe the following points in order to maintain the image of climbers being responsible users of the countryside: - The crag is a Peregrine nest site and should be avoided during the periods stated below in the ‘Seasonal Restrictions’ section of this page. - The crag is within a SSSI with rare flora inhabiting the cliffs and approaches. No vegetation removal should take place. - Installation of more fixed equipment is strongly discouraged as this was a major issue which led to the initial access problems.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 15 February to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

Peregrine and raven nest on White Scar between 15th Feb and 30th June each year - regardless of any access agreements or otherwise, no climbing should take place during this period.

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Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire

Northern Limestone : Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire covers some of the best limestone crags in the UK including the big three of Malham, Kilnsey and Gordale. Alongside these titans are numerous other destinations that offer both sport and trad climbing throughout the grades, ranging from the intimidating walls of Blue Scar and Trow Gill to the long lines of newly-developed low to mid-grade sport crags such as Moughton Nab and Giggleswick South. Trad climbing is also well catered for on the walls and escarpments at the likes of Trowbarrow Quarry, Twistleton Scar, Attermire Scar and Witches Quarry.
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More Guidebooks:
Lancashire Rock (2016)
Lancashire Rock (1999)
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Space Buttress
2 Puppy Dog Pie
VS 4c  
3 Air City
E2 5b  
4 T.M.A
E1 5a 1
5 The Book of Invasions
E3 6a 3
6 Zona Norte
E5 6b  
7 Introducing The Hardline
E5 6b  
Climb name Grade
8 Men At Work
E5 6b  
9 Ten Years Gone
E6 6c  
10 The Prometheus Crisis
E3 5c 1
11 Aqualung
VS 4c 2
  Tapestry Buttress
13 The Turin Shroud
HVS 4c  
14 The Malacia Tapestry
E2 5c  
Climb name Grade
15 Torn Curtain
HVS 5b  
  Stride Pinnacle Area
17 Big Strides
E1 5b  
18 Stride Pinnacle
VS 4b  
19 Sidewinder
E3 5b  
  Wilf's Crag

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