Restricted Access

The BMC Access Fund and Patagonia equipment funded footpath stabilisation work at the crag in early 2000.

16 October 2020 - The parking for Shepherds Crag at Lodore Farm is closed. Please look to park elsewhere: Kettlewell or Bowderstone car parks , bus from Keswick or cycle. We need to respectful of the owner’s decision. The Lakes area access reps are hoping to meet with the owner soon.

03 January 2023 - Rockfall reported "I was walking below shepherds crag on Jan 1st, and found what appears to be a very recent rockfall.

I don't know the crag, so can't tell you what route it was near, but walking from the south of the crag it was just before the path starts to drop steeply near the north end.

It was dusk, so I couldn't see where the rock had fallen from (low down, or higher up), but it seemed to have a smashed tree associated with the debris.  Main block was probably 2m x 1.5m x 1.5m approx.  No idea if routes are affected at all, but I suspect that the area needs to be inspected by someone competent in the area of safety/stability of rock.

Update to follow once area has been investigated. 

2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A brilliant introduction to the delights of the crag and one of the most popular routes in the Lake District. Start around 10m up the slope from the large tree at the bottom of the face.
1) 17m. Climb the well-used diagonal line heading leftwards to the left-hand end of a narrow overlap at 13m. Now move up and left to a notch on the arete and belay.
2) 20m. Climb the low-angled arete to the top. © Rockfax


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User Date Notes
Climber_landon 11 Oct, 2021 Show βeta
βeta: First pitch is hard to protect the traverse for a second.
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βeta: First pitch is hard to protect the traverse for a second.

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