/ Parking at Lands End
At the time of writing ( West Country Climbs) I parked on a number of occasions at LE and was allowed to park for free (when I mentioned I was a climber) as long as I signed in and did not use the attractions.
This may have changed in very recent times. However I think there was a thread on here a while ago that also found the policy was not applied consistently. Perhaps this is one for the BMC maybe?
All the best
I was told in no uncertain terms that the concession had been removed, even though I showed the guy the relevant section of your guide.. It seems that the parking fee is also the entrance to the theme park, (which by the time we got back from climbing at 4ish was absolutely rammed).
I'll see what the BMC can do, but talking to Andy March who's currently working on the new CC definitive, he was adamant that the free parking only applies to local residents, and the guide will confirm this.
It's a fair old whack for parking but not much more than an all day ticket at Porthgwarra and the same as the NT carpark at Baggy.
This email should probably be sent to Rob Dyer but there's no email address for him on https://www.thebmc.co.uk/Pages.aspx?page=97
Yesterday I went to park at Land's End, Cornwall, to climb there, as I have done in the past. I expected to not pay to park at the Land's End tourist attraction, since I believed the access agreement of free parking for climbers was still in force. However the friendly staff at the entrance stated that the agreement was no longer in place since sometime last year, and that we had to pay, so we did. The guy also stated that new climbing guidebooks still stated that the agreement was valid, which was a bit annoying to them. I don't know which guidebook he meant though (maybe the new Rockfax SW climbs, but that's just speculation).
I have no objection to paying, and it also removes the need to register at the hotel there, which was a bit of a faff. However this change in policy was a surprise, and Land's End is not present in the RAD database. I think you should consider contacting the Land's End site to check that the above is correct, and then posting this information on the BMC website so that other climbers can find out about this change, including adding it to the RAD
Clarification required I think: such as who qualifies for the local concession? How do they prove it? What's to stop any climber stating that they're "local"?
All in all a very unsatisfactory situation. I don't actually object to paying for car parking, but perhaps the best way forward is for the BMC and the LE company to sort it out.
I climber their two weeks ago and I was told the price for climbers to park was £3. I am not a local and was not asked if I was either. We paid the £3 which to be honest seemed reasonable enough.
As the chap above paid a different price there is obviously as much confusion about the policy amongst the staff at Lands End as there is on here.
I have emailed Rob Dyer @ BMC with the link to this thread.
The situation has been confused for a number of years. I have been variously asked to pay £5 regardless of being a climber and £1 on production of a rope and occasionally got in for free.
Andy's information is almost certainly correct I reckon, given that he's down there more than most. Seem to remember he said that the original concession was revoked since the place changed hands, but that as you say on production of proof of address, you can park for free. I'm not sure how local you have to be, not much point if you're from Sennen! Presumably just this side of the Tamar?
The signing in was a faff and being to forgetful sort, I was always concerned about provoking an uncalled-for rescue.
As someone said, it's the same price as Porthgwarra, although if you're climbing in this area, there is free parking nearby(ish).
Pordenack is brilliant anyway isn't it! :)
The Lands End company put an advert in the local paper in early spring. you turn up at their reception on the advertised day with a utility bill, they register you and give you a car sticker, which says 'Lands End Local Pass"
This car sticker also entitles you to free parking anywhere in St Just (even in the middle of the road).
BMC Access Officer
I see that from the above post that the agreement was changed after West Country Climbs was published. If you can let me know the exact details of the new agreement I will put it up on the Rockfax News Page. Thanks Mark
According to the guy on the gate the walkers/climbers parking concession had been removed quite a few years' ago.
> Pordenack is brilliant anyway isn't it! :)
Yup, really surprised that more folk don't go there: easy walk, straightforward approach, fairly friendly tide-wise, and as I said a spread of grades. The rock is a little crunchy in places, but the gear's good.
Very strange. Admittedly this was my first visit to Land's End for many years. I suppose the problem is basically the inconsistency. Hopefully, Rob Dyer will soon get a response from the owners. I just hope this isn't the first step in attempting to make access to the crags as difficult as possible.
BMC Access & Conservation Officer
Thanks very much Rob
Good job Rob, thanks.
Good news Rob and thanks for your efforts. We now have reasonable parking charges at both Chair Ladder (£3.50 per day) and Land's End. Probably works out at about .5p per route!
> Probably works out at about .5p per route!
Heck Iain, you climb a lot of routes in a day!
That's just before breakfast, leaving the N coast for the afternoon after a liquid lonc at the Old Success in Sennen :-)
Seems the same problem still exists as existed all along, despite Rob's best efforts. Namely, that whatever the policy, the staff don't seem to be aware of it.
Wrong way round, "My mate charges £2, i charge £3"
Looks like some have got the message then and yes I don't dispute that's very cheap - hopefully we'll have some consistency now.
Why should you have to pay at all though? In Sussex parking meters have sprung up in many previously free parking places, it's part of a dismal trend.
Well I'm not sure that you should. However their reason, justified or otherwise, would likely be that payment pays for the maintenance of the car park, it being privately owned.
Basically, their can't really expect people to pay to go in their gaudy theme park, but know there'll be a lot of visitors to Lands End regardless. So they charge for the parking instead.
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