My Top 10 Favourite Lakeland Crags #8: Esk Buttress

My Top 10 Favourite Lakeland Crags #8: Esk Buttress

The FRCC guide book says this of Esk Buttress:

“Without doubt one of the finest and most impressive crags in the district. The situation is idyllic; with large open walls looking out over the wild expanses of Upper Eskdale”

Esk Buttress is at 490m in a beautiful remote valley, and it can be reached in about two hours. You’re not likely to be fighting the crowds here.

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My Top 10 Favourite Lakeland Crags #7: Pavey Ark, Langdale

My Top 10 Favourite Lakeland Crags #7: Pavey Ark, Langdale

We're only up to number seven in the series, and this is the fourth crag I've chosen in the Langdale Valley. But that's not really surprising - Langdale has everything a climber could ask for. Amazing mountain scenery, many south-facing crags, an even spread from roadside to high mountain crags, and huge numbers of routes in the grades below E3.  And it's only 25 minutes from where I live in Windermere.

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My Top 10 Favourite Lakeland Crags #6: Bowfell, Langdale

My Top 10 Favourite Lakeland Crags #6: Bowfell, Langdale

The high mountain crags on Bowfell are a beautiful place to spend some time, with excellent climbing in a great setting. They are usually fairly quiet, although you may have to join the queue for the classic Bowfell Buttress on a sunny summer's day. It has many memories for me, some good, some not so good. Two that stand out are both from blistering hot late June days, 23 years apart.  

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My Top 10 Favourite Lakeland Crags #5: Shepherd’s Crag, Borrowdale

My Top 10 Favourite Lakeland Crags #5: Shepherd’s Crag, Borrowdale

Shepherd’s Crag is one of the busiest crags in the Lake District, and deservedly so. It has everything: 

  • easy access
  • quality routes across a wide range of grades
  • quick-drying rock
  • a mix of single pitch and multi pitch routes
  • a fantastic position overlooking Derwentwater
  • a great café right next to the car park

What’s not to like?

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My Top 10 Favourite Lakeland Crags #4: Wallowbarrow Crag in the Duddon Valley

My Top 10 Favourite Lakeland Crags #4: Wallowbarrow Crag in the Duddon Valley

Wallowbarrow is a splendid valley crag providing a selection of routes to accommodate most tastes. Offering fast-drying wall climbing on clean and solid rhyolite, it is a popular refuge for climbers when the higher crags are wet. Called Low Crag on OS maps, it is anything but. An array of steep buttresses forming a mountain in itself, it has an appropriately precipitous skyline. It further enhances its impregnable air by overlooking woods of silver birch and oak carpeted with bracken.
Taken from the 1993 edition of the FRCC guide to Dow, Duddon and Slate

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