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As the Covid-19 lockdown eases, access for climbing is opening back up, subject to some measures and restrictions depending on where you are going. Please make sure you have read and understood our current advice before heading out and apply it alongside RAD advice to ensure access issues don’t develop.

Honister Crag

Buttermere & St Bees

An impressive NE Facing wall immediately below the apparent summit of Fleetwith Pike. Home to a small number of high quality E2 s and 3s. A serious place to climb which is accessed by descending from the summit of Fleetwith Pike, this descent  is not difficult but is very exposed and treacherous except when dry. Despite limited traffic the rock is reasonably clean but the crag needs good conditions to dry.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Lake District Rock Type: Volcanic
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Unknown No. of Routes: 8
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed:
Grid Reference: NY 214 143

Honister Crag is located on land mapped as Open Access under CROW, this gives the public a legal right to access the crag for climbing. The quarry owners have asked if climbers could let their staff in the visitor centre know before the go climbing. If you experience and access issues here please contact the BMC Access & Conservation Officer as soon as possible.

Peregrines may nest on this crag between March-July - if you see a pair of peregrines on the crag during this time please let the Access Team know.

Area information

With implimentation of the CRoW Act (2000), many Lakes fells and crags now have an Open Access designation. They also have many nationally important bird and plant species dependant on inaccessible crags/ledges and heather/mixed heath environments for survival. During the bird nesting period, a number of species can be vulnerable to disturbance. The Lake District restrictions are monitored, variable (VR) and reviewed in April/May. If the birds do not nest, restrictions are lifted early. Check the BMC and FRCC websites in early May for details. New restrictions will be notified on the websites and with on-site notices. To view the BMC's Lake District Green Climbing Guide click this link: www.thebmc.co.uk/lake-district-green-guide

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