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 of the most popular VSs in the area that has two excellent pitches. Start at the clean-cut corner on the left side of the wall.
1) 4c, 14m. Climb the corner and step left to a ledge and belay.
2) 4c, 11m. Traverse across the wall until the overhangs above can be passed to their right. The overhang can be climbed direct - Fisher's Folly Direct Finish, HVS 5a. © Rockfax


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High HVS
High VS
Mid VS
Low VS
High HS
Mid HS
Low HS
Votes cast 238
High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
High 4c
Mid 4c
Low 4c
High 4b
Mid 4b
Low 4b
Votes cast 227
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Style of Ascent
Alt Leads
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Flashed (β)
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Route of Interest
Direct Route

Grade: VS 4b ***
(Castle Rock of Triermain)

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