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
A tremendous top pitch. Start at twin short cracks in a corner right of Eve's slab.
1) 5a, 12m. Climb the cracks to a belay on blocks below a steep black corner.
2) 5a, 30m. Climb the wall right of the dark corner then left to a crack that leads to a prominent small tree. Continue behind the tree to a small corner. Then move up left and finish up the wall on good holds. The original finish moved right from the small tree on pitch 2 to join and finish up Crunchy Frog. © Rockfax

P.Ross B Wilkinson 30/Aug/1955.


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User Date Notes
RBonney 3 May, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: Original finish. Absolutely wild! Huge holds, huge exposure, not much gear. Absolutely fantastic.
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βeta: Original finish. Absolutely wild! Huge holds, huge exposure, not much gear. Absolutely fantastic.
1-2-3-40 22 Sep, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: well protected climb
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βeta: well protected climb

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High HVS
High VS
Mid VS
Low VS
High HS
Mid HS
Low HS
Votes cast 219
High 5b
Mid 5b
Low 5b
High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
High 4c
Mid 4c
Low 4c
Votes cast 199
Votes cast 198
Style of Ascent
Alt Leads
Not Set
Flashed (β)
Ground Up
Not Set
Route of Interest
North West Arete

Grade: VS 4b ***
(Gimmer Crag)

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