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
Good moves but bold in its first half. Climb the large flake until the wide groove right of an overhang is reached. Move leftwards to a good hold on the wall above the overhang, then head carefully up the bold wall to gain better holds. Traverse up left under the small slanting overhang to good holds that lead up the final wall. © Rockfax


Shepherd's Crag - top 25 , Caffs 100 Lakeland Extremes , Sean the sheep challenge , Bold Tradprenticeship , Ewans bug lakes ticklist


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Footy564 25 May, 2022 Show βeta
βeta: black tri cam gets rid of the run out
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βeta: black tri cam gets rid of the run out
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βeta: Actually E2 in guide book
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βeta: Actually E2 in guide book
alex_arthur 18 Sep, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: E2 in recent FRCC guidebook.
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βeta: E2 in recent FRCC guidebook.

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High E2
Mid E2
Low E2
High E1
Mid E1
Low E1
High HVS
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High 5c
Mid 5c
Low 5c
High 5b
Mid 5b
Low 5b
High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
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Route of Interest
Trespasser Groove

Grade: E1 5a ***
(Esk Buttress (Dow Crag))

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