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
One for the fit. A really good pitch with plenty of gear options. Start below a narrow corner at the base of the Ardus ramp. Climb the corner then move right and take the sustained crack up the wall to a tree belay. Abseil off. © Rockfax

T Savage P.Ross 18/Jul/1965.


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cameronwood 31 Aug, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: Caution required- loose block on 2nd pitch at start of the groove
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βeta: Caution required- loose block on 2nd pitch at start of the groove

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High E1
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High VS
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Grade: HVS 5a ***
(Quayfoot Buttress)

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