Cheddar Gorge Access at Riskby Jack Geldard and Duncan Campbell - UKC May/2014
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Access is at risk in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset. Everyone climbing at Cheddar must have third party liability insurance, and must keep away from several banned areas. These rules are being regularly broken, and when approached by Cheddar Gorge staff, some climbers are being aggressive.
It is the beautiful rock architecture and picturesque road winding through the gorge that draws not only climbers but tourists, geologists and wildlife enthusiasts. All these groups enjoy the rock formations, up close and on private land.
Historically no climbing was allowed between March and October to minimise the risk to tourists, however in recent years this was amended to the current agreement:
In addition to this, in order to climb in Cheddar Gorge climbers are required to have third party liability insurance in case they cause injury or damage property. This often comes with being a member a climbing club, or of the BMC, though can also be purchased separately.
To prevent further damage to the reputation of climbers the BMC urges anyone planning on climbing in Cheddar Gorge to do the following before heading there:
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