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
A fine piece of climbing. Follow a short groove and pull left and then right through the bulge to a ledge on Lunatic. Finish up the wall to the left of the groove. © Rockfax

FA. Steve Whittall, Keith Phizacklea, Al Phizacklea 1997. Stevie returns a hero from UN plumbing duties in Bosnia!.


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racodemisa 12 Sep, 2002 Show βeta
βeta: did this in 98....has it got easier? Itseemed like 7a to me.
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βeta: did this in 98....has it got easier? Itseemed like 7a to me.

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Three Cheers for Boris!

Grade: 7a ***
(Runestone Quarry)

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