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. 

Rockfax Description
An impressive climb taking the huge line of grooves and corners. The route described is a hybrid that avoids some potentially lethal loose flakes on the upper section of Derision Groove. Start 2m right of the large tree. From a tiny ramp, make some tricky moves up a short corner then more easily up stepped corners to below the upper corner (loose flakes just above). Now make a rising traverse left to a final deep corner that is ascended to the top. © Rockfax

FA. (Derision Groove) P.Ross, J.A.Wood 27.2.1955 ,FA. (Shepherd's Gully) B.Beetham 10.9.1947 27/Feb/1955.


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Grade: VS 4c ***
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