About

The Fell & Rock Climbing Club is the oldest and largest (currently over 1100 members) rock climbing and mountaineering club in the North of England, based in the Lake District. Our roots are in rock climbing and fell walking in the Lake District, but activities of our members also encompass fell running, ski-touring and mountaineering worldwide as well as many other diverse outdoor activities – in 2017 we had a team in the Buttermere open-water swim!

  • There is an extensive meets programme, with meets not just in the Lakes District, but all over the UK and Europe. Members are active all over the world.
  • We have seven huts and cottages – five in the Lakes and two in Scotland – and enjoy reciprocal rights with the other major clubs in the UK and overseas mountaineering clubs.
  • We have produced all the definitive rock climbing guides to the Lake District since 1921, as well as winter and selected guides, and the recent book – “Nowt but a fleein’ thing” – about the history of climbing on Scafell. Rock climbing is ever evolving and we acknowledge changes in the nature of Lakeland climbing and have funded bolting at locations such as Bramcrag Quarry and other crags in the Lakes.
  • We are a family friendly club. Some of the huts and cottages can be hired for family use, and we have specific family meets, encouraging the continuation of climbing after the arrival of small people. This encouragement works and we have families with three generations in the club.