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Comprehensive collection of guides put together with local knowledge.

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Apps for Crags - A number of Apps are now available for several major crags in the Lake District and Snowdonia. Click here to go to the Apps page on the Climbers Club website for more information.

Major points of contact are:
FRCC New Routes: To record all new routes and comment on existing ones, or to see what has been done in each area since the last published guide.
Guidebooks Editor (Steve Scott): to enquire about the guides, submit comments on the guides that can't be submitted  by the link above, or to volunteer to help.
Photographs Editor (Richard Tolley): If you have good quality Lakeland climbing (action or historical) photographs that you think would be suitable for the guides we'd like to see them. The quality standard for action shots is set pretty high, though the more remote and unphotographed the crag the better your chances are. For historical photos there are no standards set and we'd be happy to look at just about anything, including portraits of well known climbers of the Lake District. We are always happy to receive material for the guides at any time but the ones that we are currently working on will be the ones that are either out of print or with the oldest date of publication in the list below.

Copyright: The information contained in these publications is copyright the FRCC. Those wishing to quote extensively from these guides should contact the FRCC Guidebooks Secretary for permission - this requirement is waived for those writing routes reports and similar articles for the climbing press. Please do not scan guides except for your own use, and please do not post them on the internet. We keep the cost of the guides as cheap as we can, but this is only possible if people buy them rather than steal them!

A History of Lake District Climbing Guides (first published in the FRCC Journal 2006) is available as downloadable PDF.


Lake District Rock

Lake District Rock

By members of the FRCC Guidebook Committee

Edited by Steve Scott

ISBN 978-0-85028-057-9

Lake District Rock is available.


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This new edition of Lake District Rock, covering the best that Lakeland has to offer the climber, will be on the shelves in June. This publication replaces the best-selling 2003 guide as the guide of choice for visiting climbers. Jointly published with WIRED guides – a collaboration of not-for-profit publishers including the FRCC, BMC, SMC, CC and YMC – this guide is the first of an exciting new series that will cover the whole of Britain.

Lake District Rock contains over 1500 climbs on 85 crags and features clear maps, crisp photodiagram coverage for every crag and sensational images. The banners and sidebar reflect the familiar FRCC colours making it easy to find each section. Dow, Coppermines & Slate, Duddon & Eskdale and Borrowdale – receive the ‘modern’ treatment and Bramcrag Quarry has a complete makeover with all of the recent developments featured.

This guide will inspire you to get onto the Lakeland crags this summer

Lake District Rock 2015

Scafell & Wasdale

The latest FRCC Guide - Scafell & Wasdale is now available online and in the shops.

Authors - Al Phizacklea and Ron Kenyon

ISBN 978-0-85028-055-5

A selection of routes is also available in the FRCC's Lake District Rock.

New routes and comments are recorded at: Scafell, Wasdale 

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This updated guide covers the sublime rock climbs on Scafell, and in Mosedale, Overbeck and Nether Wasdale. The action shots will inspire your plans, the clear Harvey Maps and extensive photoplan and photodiagram coverage will get you to your chosen climb. The publication of this volume coincides with the centenary of the first ascent of the magnificent Central Buttress by Herford, Sansom and Holland on 20th April 1914.

The crags of Scafell are simply magnificent - you can climb in a high mountain setting surrounded by superb rock architecture on impeccable rock. Scafell's barrel-shaped East Buttress is formidable, with universally supberb hard traditional climbs; a must for climbers operating competently at VS and above. Mosedale and Nether Wasdale are something of an esoteric choice, although Buckbarrow at the entrance of the valley offers an interesting alternative when the high crags are out of condition.

Remote Wasdale Head, on the west of the District, is the traditional base and offers a hotel, bar, outdoor shop, toilets and a secluded campsite.



by Max Biden

Picture research by
Tim Whiteley; Max Biden; Ron Kenyon; Steve Scott.

Edited by Steve Scott

ISBN:   978 -0-85028-054-8

New routes and comments are recorded at: Langdale.

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Langdale has some of the most varied, enjoyable and popular climbing in the Lake District. Many of the crags offer immaculate rock, basking in sunshine, making the valley an all year venue. This eagerly anticipated new FRCC guide covers all of the popular crags – White Ghyll, Scout, Pavey Ark, Raven Crags, Gimmer, Neckband, Bowfell and the accessible Wrynose pass crags. The less well known Crinkle Crags area, Lingmoor and Easedale are also included.
Describing over 850 routes on more than 40 crags the FRCC style has been retained using a larger format to enhance comprehensive, high-quality, colour photo diagram coverage and Harveysmapping. The result is that you will find it easy to choose and get to the higher mountain, low-level.and roadside crags described. An inspirational set of action photographs compliments the text and will help you decide what to climb. Supplemented by sections on just about everything a climbermight find useful in a guidebook, from a tabulated crag guide and graded list to details of climbing walls for days when even these sunny crags are dripping.

New for FRCC Guides - limp bound matt covers; 496 pp 183mm x 120mm format; marker ribbon

Eden Valley & South Lakes Limestone

Eden Valley & South Lakes Limestone

Written by Ron Kenyon, Nick Wharton & John Holden

Photodiagrams by Phil Rigby
Diagrams by Al Phizacklea

Edited by Stephen Reid

ISBN: 978-0-85028-052-4

445 pages.

New routes and comments are recorded at: Eden Valley & North Cumbria and South Lakes Limestone.

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The limestone and sandstone crags and quarries described in this guide are scattered over a large area of North, East and South Cumbria outwith the Lake District, and a major attraction is that its climbs may often remain dry when those in the National Park are not. Important crags described include Chapel Head Scar and Armathwaite, but numerous lesser known crags also give plenty of scope within easy reach of the Lakes, ideal venues to save a wet day or as evening crags for locals. The most notable of these are: Head End Quarry, Spadeadam Crag, Cumrew Crag, Scratchmere Scar, Cowraik Quarry, King’s Meaburn, Coudy Rocks, Murton Scar, Windmore End, Hebblethwaite Hall Gill, Scout Scar, Slape Scar, Mill Side Scar, Humphrey Head, White Stone, Hoad Slabs, Birkrigg Quarry and Dunnerholme. A number of crags to which access is not currently permitted are also described in order to collate and preserve the historical record in case climbing is allowed in the future - these include Lazonby, The Hoff, White Scar and Goldmire Quarry. Excellent colour photodiagrams of virtually every crag will not only help in locating the climbs but are also a great source of inspiration. In addition there are sections on just about everything a climber might find useful in a guidebook, from a list of Climbing Walls for days when even these crags are dripping, to a comprehensive History and First Ascents List to read in the cafe. Interspersed throughout is a superb collection of action photographs.

Eastern Crags

Eastern Crags

by Al Davis & Nick Wharton
Photodiagrams by Phil Rigby
Maps by Al Phizacklea

Edited by
Stephen Reid
ISBN: 978-0-85028-051-1

New routes and comments are recorded at: Eastern Crags.

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The Eastern Fells: Thirlmere, north to Carrock Fell and south to Kendal, east to Patterdale and beyond to the Far Eastern Fells, are home to some fantastic crags; Castle Rock, Raven Crag (both of them) and Dove to name but a few. And these in turn boast some of the best known climbs in the Lake District; Overhanging Bastion, Fast and Furious, Totalitarian, Liquid Engineering – the list goes on… and on. Almost all these routes are ‘trad’, though a handful of quarry climbs are bolted. Grades range from Moderate to E9 (and F7b+ in the case of bolted routes). The line of nearly every route described is shown on a superb series of photodiagrams; not only a great aid to finding your climb, but a real source of inspiration when it comes to choosing which crag to visit.
In addition there are sections on just about everything a climber might find useful in a guidebook, from a list of Climbing Walls for a wet day, to a comprehensive History and First Ascents List. Interspersed throughout is a superb selection of action photographs.

Plastic cover, marker ribbon, 482 pages.

Lake District Winter Climbs

Lake District Winter Climbs

by Brian Davison

Photo Editor: Tim Whiteley 

Maps: Al Phizacklea

Edited by Steve Scott

ISBN: 978-1-85284-716-6

New Routes and comments are recorded at: Winter Climbs.

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A winter climbing guidebook to the Lake District and Cumbria published jointly by the FRCC and Cicerone Press.

The 2nd edition includes over 200 new routes, inspiring action photographs, updated and improved crag photo topos and maps, it now divides the area geographically.

Includes colour photo crag topos of most crags, many taken from a specially chartered helicopter! Also many excellent climbing action shots, a wealth of historical information and archive photographs.

Plastic cover, marker ribbon, 460 pages.

Buttermere and St Bees

Buttermere & St Bees  

Written by Colin Read & Paul Jennings

Photodiagrams by Phil Rigby
Diagrams by Al Phizacklea

Edited by Stephen Reid

ISBN: 978-0-85028- 048 - 7

New routes and comments are recorded at: Buttermere, Newlands, Western Outcrops and St Bees.

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The second in the new series of FRCC guidebooks to rock climbing in the Lake District featuring colour photodiagrams for virtually every crag featured.

This guide covers Buttermere, including its main venues of High Crag, Eagle Crag and Grey Crag, the newly developed Raven Crag on the Ennerdale face of High Stile, the less known venue of the Newlands Valley, and the sunny sandstone cliffs of St Bees with their modern bolted routes and trad adventure horrors.

A selection of boulder problems, both in Buttermere and at St Bees, is also included.

Also features some great action photography and many historical pictures from the FRCC archives.

Plastic cover, marker ribbon, 356 pages.

Gable & Pillar

Gable & Pillar

by Phil Rigby
& Stephen Reid

Photodiagrams by Phil Rigby
Maps by Al Phizacklea

Edited by
Stephen Reid


New routes and comments are recorded at: Gable and Pillar.

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A guide to the traditional home of Lake District climbing, in close proximity to the Wastwater Hotel. It describes many fine high mountain crags in superb locations.

Major crags include Kern Knotts, The Napes including Napes Needle, Tophet Wall, Gable Crag, Boat How and Pillar Rock, plus other esoteric Ennerdale Crags.

A wide range of routes and grades to suit all. Fantastic colour photo-topos and action shots throughout together with many fascinating historical photos from the FRCC archives.

Plastic cover, marker ribbon, 402 pages.



by Gary Baum
& Al Hewison

Diagrams by Al Phizacklea, Tim Wood & Al Hewison

Photo Editor: Nick Wharton

Edited by
Stephen Reid

ISBN: 0-85028-043-5

New routes and comments are recorded at: Borrowdale.

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A new guide containing over 300 routes more than the previous edition.

Major crags covered include: Falcon, Reecastle, Gowder, Shepherd's, Black, Quayfoot, The Bowderstone, Eagle, Sergeant Crag Slabs, Raven, Gillercombe & Goat.

Classic routes from Little Chamonix (VD) and Troutdale Pinnacle (S) to Bleed in Hell (E8) and Caution (E9).

Features are as for Langdale with the addition of a new Crag Finder Chart.

Plastic cover, 446 pages.

Dow, Duddon & Slate

Dow, Duddon & Slate

by Al Phizacklea

Diagrams by Al Phizacklea

Edited by Dave Armstrong

ISBN: 0-85028-037-0

NB Out of print - a new edition (in two volumes, Dow & Slate and Duddon & Eskdale) is planned for 2014 and 2015. 

As an interim measure some crags are available as free downloads (these do not include any new routes):
Dow Crag Part 1 
Dow Crag Part 2 
Hodge Close Quarry 

Stonestar Crag 
Wallowbarrow Crag 
Seathwaite Buttress 
Burnt Crag 

A selection of routes is also available in the FRCC's Lake District Rock.

New routes and comments are recorded at: Dow, Duddon and Slate.

"Ancient and modern" - the traditional mountain crag of Dow is packaged together with the "new" slate quarries, bolts and all.

Also included is the Duddon valley a secluded area containing a myriad of small crags and outcrops often of immaculate rock.

Major crags include Dow, Hodge Close and Wallowbarrow.

Plastic cover, 365 pages.

The Lakeland Fells

The Lakeland Fells

Compiled and written by members of the FRCC

Edited by June Parker
& Tim Pickles

ISBN: 0-85028-039-7

This authoritative guide provides comprehensive information for fell walkers covering 244 summits, 139 circular walks, 175 colour photographs and 107 colour sketch maps. It includes all the "Wainwrights".

Written and produced by members of the Lake District's leading mountaineering club - it is a must for all fell walkers' bookshelves.

Hardback, 214 pages.

Out of print - Still available at a few stockists

The Fell and Rock Journal

FRCC Journal
(1907 onwards)

The FRCC Journal has been published continuously since 1907, initially annually, but currently biannually. It provides an extensive record of climbing and walking in the Lake District over the last century, as well as articles on many other parts of the world. Many early numbers are now much sought after and complete sets change hands for large sums, when they come up for sale, which is rarely.

It is distributed free of charge to FRCC members. Back numbers may be purchased by non-members. Please contact the FRCC Journal Editor (select Club Administration Enquiry) to see what issues are available and how much they cost.

PDFs of the full set of FRCC Journals and some selected articles are now available.