Restricted Access

The crag lies within a National Nature Reserve and is an important area of SSSI semi-ancient woodland with Special Protection Area (SPA) status. The Lake District National Park Authority (responsible for managing recreation at Chapel Head) and the BMC have worked closely together to develop the following good practice guidelines which should be followed by all climbers visiting the crag:

  • No access to cliffs north of central gully.
  • Please do not remove ivy or damage trees along crag base.
  • Take all litter home with you.
  • There are no toilets at Chapel Head - please be discreet.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

Signed restriction for nesting peregrine, applies to the whole crag. This pair of birds are well established having nested sucessfully on the crag for a number of years.

As always, the nest site will be monitored and the restriction lifted if the young birds fledge early - this page will be kept udpated as soon as any additional information is received from those monitoring the site which might change the details of the restriction.


Rockfax Description
Pleasure and pain are both dished out in large amounts on this fine route. Climb up and left past a tufa to a very bouldery sequence that gains an easing below a bulge. Above this steep moves out left gain a rest before a long but safe run-out to the lower-off at the left-hand end of the long overhang. © Rockfax

FA. Paul Cornforth 1985.


Very good routes in the UK , Lakes Sport and Slate Top 50 , UK Flowstone


User Date Notes
Scraggadoo 7 Aug, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: 1st RP. 7b tops. Never 7b+ in a million years.
Show beta
βeta: 1st RP. 7b tops. Never 7b+ in a million years.

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Route of Interest

Grade: 7b+ ***
(Coudy Rock)

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