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.
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.