Climbs 36
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 170m a.s.l
Faces W

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Crag features

Scout Scar is a small limestone crag perched high above the beautiful Lyth Valley in the quiet south east corner of the Lake District, a couple of miles to the west of Kendal. The views are outstanding with Ingleborough, Morecombe Bay, The Howgills and much of the Central Lakeland Fells in full view from ‘The Scar’. The climbing at Scout Scar is hard to define as it is neither a major venue in the mold of Chapel Head nor of minor interest, and here in lies its problem. Many come here expecting too much and leave disappointed but to not visit would be to miss out on some good bolted routes which whilst not particularly big or impressive nevertheless ‘pack in’ the moves at a pleasant crag. Onsight half a dozen of the routes in an afternoon and you’ll go away with a big grin on your face and withered fingers.

Approach notes

Ten minute approach, no restrictions.

Restricted Access

Seasonal Restrictions

Reason: Other

The crag is located on private land which is used for shooting on a number of dates during winter. Access is allowed throughout the year with the exception of these shooting dates.

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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.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Northern Limestone Route Database (2001)
The Lakes - Fax04 (1994)

Out of print:
Not a very extensive crag so it would not take many teams to fill it. But there is some very good climbing to be had. It's usually easy to spot which are the good routes from the ground. Routes seemed tough at the grades but a clipping stick lowers the stress levels.
Wiley Coyote2 - 17/Aug/10
Been Today (Friday) Pissed it down, the lower grade routes are crap, loose and dirty dont climb them, only climb the 3 star routes and some of the 6b+ and higher 2/3 star routes, didn't actually climb anything relly just had a look and tried the starts becuase of the weather.
Liam Copley - 01/Aug/08
Worth taking a clip-stick
Pudz - 22/Mar/05
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Scout Scar summit
summit 13
  First Blood Buttress
3 Scarfoot Chimney D 2
4 9 1/2 Weeks 7a 19
5 First Blood 7a+ * 12
6 Sylvester Strange 7c * 9
7 Meet the Wife 7b+ * 14
8 Telegraph Road 6c+ * 37
  Born Again Buttress
10 Red Rock Gully S 6
11 Douglas 6b * 30
12 Cliff's Route
VS 4c 2
13 Brain Salad Surgey VS 4b 1
14 Grass Roots E1 5b *  
Climb name Grade
15 Born Again 6a+ ** 278
16 Bornville 6a 81
17 Born Free E1 5b * 42
18 Born Variation 6a * 15
19 Born to Run 6c ** 126
20 A Fistful of Steroids 6b+ *** 167
21 Ropearse 6b 52
22 Beers for Fears 7a+ * 50
23 Crimes of Passion 7a ** 86
24 Grave New World 7a+ * 28
25 Kathleen's Nightmare 7a * 52
  Ivy League Buttress
27 Spectral Wizard/Bar Six 7b * 27
28 Ivy League 7a+ ** 113
Climb name Grade
29 A Vision of Things Gone Wild 7b * 26
30 Idle Times 7a * 33
31 Leather Pets 6c+ * 23
32 Cross of Lorraine
VS 4c ** 4
33 Poetry in Motion 5c 49
34 Poetry in Commotion 7a 2
35 Scout Post 6b 22
36 Local Motion
7a 1
37 Icicle
HVS 5b 3
  Barrowfield Buttress
39 Blue Screw 6c+ 2
40 Crumblefoot 6a+ 2

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