/ Group Abseil Locations
I'm looking for a good location to set up a group abseil in the Hope Valley area. Any locals know of a decent crag/area that is out the way of the more established edges? I know how annoying it can be to have groups abbing all over the line you're looking to climb!
The BMC used to have a list of brdges, viaducts etc that were better alternatives than a crag.
Caveats: you will need two 50m static ropes, one to rig and one to abseil on. Because the rig is so long there's considerable stretch when the climber goes over the edge - tension it yourself to take as much of that stretch out first. With a very heavy client I found that everything moved almost 3m towards the edge when they weighted the system so set all the knots way back from the edge.
And the rock is not the most solid, so have a system to get one client away from the base before the next sets off. Don't consider sending anyone down if there's anyone climbing on Neanderthal, Excavator or Slab Cake.
Not hope valley, but you could try Millers Dale viaduct. You can set up abseils down a column or as a free line over a span into the stream below. Great fun.
Here's a picture of a group of friends that I took there... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150926238169274&set=t.618088555&type=3&theater
Abseils on Miller's Dale Viaduct are meant to be licensed, but I couldn't tell you who the licensing authority is.
> Abseils on Miller's Dale Viaduct are meant to be licensed, but I couldn't tell you who the licensing authority is.
Neither could I, we just rucked up and did it.
I too thought there were some access issues (my understanding is that a couple of the big outdoor centres had somehow bagged the access rights and were less than friendly to others trying to use it) so I've never taken clients there. There was a suggestion here that you needed a site-specific licence, though no details of who to apply to:
If it is open for use by anyone who just turns up, I'd love to know.
There is no mystery here. The licenses are controlled by the Peak National Park and they insist on holders having insurance and complying with operating procedures whilst at the bridge. Otherwise there is potential for conflict with other users of the trail and of local residents.
Just found this...
A licence is required for abseiling from Bridge 75 at Millers Dale.
Contact the Access & Recreation Administration Support Team for further
information on 01629 816290.
> Just found this...
> A licence is required for abseiling from Bridge 75 at Millers Dale.
> Contact the Access & Recreation Administration Support Team for further
> information on 01629 816290.
Sorry, should that it came from this: http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/230523/PDNPA-A-Z-March-2012.pdf
Out of interest, Thomas, does this licence cost anything? Or are they really just checking you have insurance and know where to set your anchors?
I've got my SPA assessment in November and as part of the home paper I've got to plan a trip in the Hope Valley area. I've already got a couple of options for a group abseil (some of the quieter areas of Stanage or a bit further afield outside the valley maybe Harborough Rocks) but was wondering if there were any better ideas.
The roadside bay at Lawrencefield has a popular abseil line with good rigging and a safe area at the top. The line goes down an E10 project so not likely to be much conflict with climbers.
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