Restricted Access

Gowbarrow is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is subject to a Code of Practice agreed between the National Trust, Natural England and the British Mountaineering Council. The Code of Practice is for groups of climbers (individuals are not affected) and states that:

  • Group use of the crag is confined to the Lower Buttress.
  • All belaying is to be from the bottom of the buttress
  • Group movement is confined to the immediate area at the bottom of the buttress.
  • A group booking system is operated by Ullswater Outward Bound School to prevent overcrowding. Following rockfall in December 2005, the National Trust strongly recommend leaders of groups arrange an on-site briefing with Ullswater Outward Bound who are willing to share their experience and site specific risk assessments.

Due care with the rock should be taken as there have been rock falls.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

Unsigned restriction for nesting peregrines. The restriction applies to The Upper Buttress only - the Middle and Lower Buttreses remain open.

Climb the obvious rib up to the overhanging step. move right and follow slabs to the top


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South-West Climb

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