Climbs 65
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 250m a.s.l
Faces W

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Summer bouldering © C coldwell-storry

Crag features

Bird Ban from 15th Feb - 31st May

No climbing on any of the Boulders, Crag or Ghyll when the bird ban is in place.

The boulders that lay at the bottom of Swarthbeck Gill/Ravens Crag Ullswater, provide a number of short problems above generally good landings. There are a good range of problems and provide a few peaceful hours bouldering with a superb outlook over Ullswater.

One to two mats are adequate though there are several highball problems where extra mats would be helpful.

Several hard and bold routes were also put up on the obvious buttresses from instructors based at the Howtown centre.

Swarthbeck Gill itself provides a good hard scramble in summer and gives a good few pitches in a hard winter.

Approach notes

Swarthbeck Gill itself is subject to a bird ban in the nesting period check out The BMC for details.

Parking: Best to park in the layby next to the lake, 200m after passing the Sharrow Bay Hotel. Either walk along the road (700m) to the bridleway on the left leading up to the Boulders past some houses (Swarthbeck Gill) or from the parking go up through the little wood to gain a footpath leading across to the boulders pasing some holiday cottages on the way.


A Clearway have been declared for 4 miles on the South Side of the Lake, all parking is prohibeted. - The Layby has a sign staing this.

Access Advice

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 15 February to 31 May

Reason: Nesting Birds

Unsigned restriction - applies to the popular scramble plus the short routes and bouldering on Raven's Crag.

If you are in the area and have the chance to observe the crag, please pass on any information to [email protected] as this is one of the few crags where information on nesting success can be difficult to come by.

Got a council parking ticket parked sensibly (but 'on verge') on road. Be warned!
clams - 25/Mar/24
Lovely venue. .relaxed climbing and great landings...with a handful of great problems....made a short video...
Ehmarra - 24/Oct/19
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KristopherHall - 22/Jun/13
One of the most picturesque crags in the Lakes. Lovely setting above Ullswater. Best lines include Ullswater arete, Elephantopus and Colonel Hathi, all lakes must do's!
KristopherHall - 22/Jun/13
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