This will be the first dedicated bouldering guide to the Lake District, spanning a range of areas largely in the National Park and all north and west of the M6 junction 36. The guide is intended to be useful to the visiting climber looking for a day or evening's light bouldering just as much as the hard-core local with decent coverage for the V1 and V9 boulderer alike. The most striking aspect of Lakes bouldering is the sheer variety of rock types and environments available in the area, from the seaside sandstone of St. Bees to the high volcanic boulders of the Central Lakeland fells and from the grit-like Carrock gabbro to clean Eskdale granite. This variety means that conditions are likely to be decent somewhere in the region on most days of the year, though spring and summer are likely to give the best weather and autumn and winter the best friction for the hardest problems. The guide will also reflect a mix of venues, from the extremely well known and long-documented Bowderstone, Langdale Boulders and Badger Rock, through to areas hitherto best known to locals, such as Carrock Fell and the Eskdale granite boulders. We also hope to tempt you off the beaten track to some great new areas that have been developed only recently, places like Ladstones, the Wrynose craglets and the prominent, impressive, and still seldom visited Sampson's Stones.
Since the guide was published, it has been brought to our attention that the parking information for Dunnerholme (page 200) is inaccurate. The track indicated for parking is private property and that there is no right of access. However, as long as vehicles do not cause an obstruction, and are not parked blocking, or immediately opposite gates, then the land owner is happy for people to park there. Any badly parked cars will jeapordise access for everyone so be very careful and park elsewhere if you can't find a sensible spot for your car.
The owner has said that they will be installing a Mountain Rescue donation box by the parking and he asks climbers to consider making a donation when they park.
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