Features & Links within the Climbing Section
Climbing is a complex area, the aim here is
to introduce an overview to rock climbing in the Lake
District with links to seek further information.
Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports around
the world due to fact it can be exhilarating, strenuous,
challenging, healthy and of course fun. The advances
in safety equipment, especially in protection has helped
to develop the sport, when in the earlier days they
would climb in nailed boots and with the use of a sixty
to eight [60-80] feet of rope length.
The English Lake District is the home of rock climbing
which is unique and spectacular from the high mountain
crags down to the crags in the valleys. Climbing in
the Lakes is very popular due to the fact it's ease
of accessibility and the climbing within the area, ranging
from V Diff [Very Difficult] to the more strenuous Extremes
Climbs [E+] challenges the Lake District has to offer
the beginner and the experience rock climber.
Climbing in the Lake District began over hundred and
twenty  years ago from The Wasdale Head Inn, in
a remote valley known as Wasdale Valley and is also
one of the most beautiful valleys of the beaten track
in the Lakes. In the area you will find Pillar Rock
with the summit only being reached by climbing, Scafell
Pike and England's Biggest climbing crag the Scafell
One of the climbers of the early days was W P Haskett
Smith who was the first to climb the Napes Needle on
Napes Crag, Great Cable in June 1886 and is also believed
to have left his handkerchief on the top fluttering
in the wind. Napes Needle is one of the most photographed
climbs in the Lake District which is only around sixty
five  ft. high, very exposed and the position being
very dramatic with great views. In 1907 the first climbing
club in the area was formed the
FRCC [Fell Rock
Climbing Club] and just after the First World War the
first guide books began to appear.
Borrowdale close to Keswick is excellent place for
the climber with Shepherds Crag being one the most popular
has it offers various grades for everyone, close to
the road [B5289] and an excellent cafe at the High Lodore
Farm. The most popular route on Shepherd's Crag is known
as Little Chamonix which is V Diff [Very Difficult]
with the last pitch being also one of the most popular
photographed. In the Langdale area you will find excellent
climbs on the exposed Gimmer Crag, a multi-pitch on
Middlefell Buttress for the beginners and close by Pavey
Arc with various grades.
the wet days in the Lakes you will find a number of
climbing walls around the Lake District with Kendal
Climbing Wall being the main one. For a list of climbing
walls Click HERE.
In the most popular areas of the Lake District like
Ambleside, Coniston, Grasmere, Keswick and Windermere
you will find excellent retail shops that sell and can
advice you on the right equipment, clothing and route
books you require.
If you would like to try Rock Climbing or improve your
skills whilst in the Lake District contact the people
below for more details or visit one of the climbing
walls or the retail shops where more details can be
It is recommended that you have
a route book & map of the area you intend to climb
in, able to read a map and that you abide to the correct
routes and paths to protect the area and the Lake District
of it's beauty. If you are intending to head onto the
higher fells to climb it is recommended that you have
a compass and that you know how to use it, waterproofs,
warm clothing, food and drinks.
If you would like to
submit a climbing route, article, pictures or a link
to your site please Contact
Also other areas of Climbing including equipment, Safety, out door centres, including climbing walls.
- Climbing, Fell Walking,
Mountaineering, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Watersports
and other Activities can be extremely dangerous
and can result in permanent disability or even
loss of life. Participants in these activities
should be aware of and accept these risks and
be responsible for their own involvement and
Lake District Let's Go can not be held responsible.
Always seek advice and information.