Climbs 25
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 245m a.s.l
Faces SE

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

Crag features

Shown on various maps as Yew Crag.

Three main tiers.

The lower tier is commonly used by groups with easy to rig top ropes and bolts. The rock is polished but still presents enjoyable climbing.

The middle tier is home to the classic Whistler (MVS) alongside other good routes such as Whistle Away, Shamrock Crack (VD) and some harder lines around E3

The upper tier is up to 40m high with fantastic views over Ullswater. Susan (HVS) is a fantastic line that is well worth seeking out

Approach notes

5 minute gentle walk uphill to the lower tier. 10 minutes to the middle and upper

Parking is available directly under the crag in a layby, space for 5 cars. Other lay-bys are also available a few hundred metres either way along the road.


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
1 The Whistler MVS 4b ** 153
2 Shamrock Crack
VD 75
3 Dave's Slab
D 80
4 Mike's Dilemma
VS 4b * 22
5 Gowbarrow Corner
HS 4b * 41
6 Gowbarrow Buttress
S 4a * 27
7 Whistle Away HVS 5a * 18
8 Susan
HVS 5a ** 62
9 Snapshot
HVS 5a * 5
Climb name Grade
19 No Name
D 1
20 Lower Buttress The left-hand face VD 17
21 Please Release Me HVS 4c 7
22 Valicide E3 5c 5
23 Lower Buttress Thin Crack VD 7
24 Catherine E2 5b * 2
25 Girdle Traverse HVS 5a  
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