Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 22m a.s.l
St Bees © Alex Messenger
Beautiful location by the sea. Selection of fine sport routes - Nectarine, Toxic Rock, Dreaming of Red Rocks, Fisherman's Friend - and awesome bouldering - Clash of the Titan's, Apiary Arete, Fisherman's Dyno, Hueco Crack...
Many routes have recently been re-bolted, but not all. Beware, the old bolts can be lethal.
Cliffs are owned by the RSPB. Take heed of the access agreement detailed in the guidebook. (Bird Bans etc). 15 minute approach.
Southern climbers descent (by lighthouse - above apiary wall) has been badly damaged by erosion and rockfall in recent floods and is quite dangerous. I recommend using the alternative descent path about 100m further north. Beware however as light rain can make this path quite slippery.
Car park fee is £3 so make sure you take coins with you - 19/09/2020
The main bolted areas (Apiary Wall and Scabby Back) are unrestricted. All other areas of the crag including Fisherman's Steps are restricted.
There has been a landslide on the steep descent to the north of the lighthouse in November 21. The bolt anchors and fixed ropes have been damaged. There is potential for more ground to move. It is felt that the best course of action is to wait and see if the area stabilises before any remedial work is undertaken. The recommended descent at the present time is by the easier route further north. The Fishermans steps is another alternative to the south but this is only reccomended to those who are really happy with strenuous and exposed descents. Signs will be posted at St Bees as soon as the team are able.
Dates: 1 February to 31 July
Reason: Nesting Birds
The area has very important Guillemot, Kitttiwake, and Razorbill breeding colonies and The RSPB have stipulated no access to the area south (right) of the route Army Screamers between the above dates. Other St Bees bouldering areas: The boulders to the south of Fisherman's Steps can only be used outside the nesting season. Access to Fleswick Bay is permitted all year round, but only south of the inlet where the path meets the shore. At South Head the small bouldering area is only accessible outside the nesting season.