Family rock climbing Lake District - Diamond Crag, Eskdale
Eskdale can seem quite an isolated place, nestled over in the quieter Western part of the Lake District. It is not a quick trip from the honeypot areas of Ambleside/Windermere/Keswick. But if staying in the west, this little crag is well worth seeking out, and it is especially suitable for youngsters or for anyone wishing to try climbing for the first time but feels a little nervous.
At only about 10m high and with an amenable angle, there are some very pleasant, easy grade climbs on superb rock. A short approach walk and sheltered, sunny aspect all add to the attraction. It's also a good spot for a picnic, so don't forget to pack the hamper.
Being a small crag it only takes a few climbers to make it feel busy. So be prepared to switch to an alternative venue at the last minute or have a plan B.
When to go:
A sheltered crag at less than 100m above sea level and with a sunny aspect. All this adds up to this being a year round venue. Although it goes without saying, warm summer days are best. We have climbed on Diamond crag on sunny winter days and it's been a delight.
How to get there:
A small amount of roadside parking is available opposite the King George IV Inn, Eskdale Green. The pub is well worth a visit for post climb refreshments and has an outside seating area.
From the parking, follow the road towards the centre of Eskdale Green, after emerging from a wooded area and shortly before the railway, there is a wide track on the right. Take this and immediately before reaching a house turn left onto a smaller footpath leading through a gate and onto the open fellside. Continue uphill for a couple of minutes and the crag will appear on the left.
The rock here is Granite, so friction is magnificent. Protection for lead climbers is sparse, but for anyone wanting to set up a top/bottom rope, there are 4 x staple bolts at the top of the crag. The routes mentioned here are strong, good quality lines and offer really enjoyable climbing with positive holds all the way. If looking for more challenge, venture away from the cracks and onto the more technical slabs.
The crag is about 10m high. Perfect for Family Rock Climbing Lake District.
Routes to try at Diamond crag (described left to right):
Route 1 – Start toward the left side of the crag and weave up flakes and cracks, looking for the line of least resistance. Moderate
Route 2 – Start about 1m further right and directly below a triangular niche at about 6m. Tackle the wall directly to reach the niche and continue to the top. Diff
Route 3 – A couple of metres further right is a vertical crack. Climb this to its end then follow a series of ledges to the top. Severe
Route 4 – Starting slightly right of the previous route, follow ledges trending rightwards to reach the prominent niche below a small roof. Tackle this via the right wall before moving back left to finish. V’Diff
Walking descents on either side of the crag.
Introductory climbing sessions / Family Rock Climbing Lake District
We offer many adventurous activities here in the Lake District and Rock Climbing is one of those activities. Over the last 15 years we have taken many visiting families on climbing adventures to venues all across the Lake District. If you are planning a visit to the area and would like to try some fun and adventurous activities, check out our Activities page here.