Altitude 90m a.s.l
The eyes! Turns out the gaston isn't the way to go. © Chris Mock
Good problems on superb rough rock. Excellent traverses and problems with generally good landings.
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Roadside boulders, parking allowed in the layby opposite, though it often gets full when busy. If it is you may need to park at chapel stile.
Climbers are asked to observe a voluntary ban and avoid climbing problems 1-3 and the starts of 4 and 5 on the bottom boulder, due to historic examples of cup and ring markings found on the uphill side of the bottom boulder.
This site contains some of the best examples of prehistoric rock-art in England. The Cup & Ring markings can be easily seen on the slabby side of the Bottom Boulder (see problems 1 – 5, Rockfax Lakes Bouldering guide), and have been notified as a Scheduled Ancient Monument by English Heritage. This means they have a high level of legal protection, and the landowners (The National Trust) have a duty to protect them above all else. DO NOT BOULDER ON THIS FACE. The National Trust continually monitor the engravings and any damage could result in a complete ban at this famous venue.
If stock are in the field - keep dogs on a leash.
The farmer has noticed that boulderers have been removing stones from the dry stone wall to level out landings under the boulders and protect mats from mud and sheep dung. Please do not do this as it could easily lead to access issues - dry stone wall repair is expensive and the farmer is rightly annoyed about deliberate damage to his wall.
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