Just seen this on Rightmove, looks very much like 2 of the Wilton quarries to me.
If it is where I think it is and the quarries are sold off, do hope access can be maintained.
Good spot! If the UKC maps are correct it looks like the land covers wilton 2, 3 and 4. I've no idea how these things work, but I wonder whether the BMC would consider the purchase to secure access in future? £20k seems kinda reasonable to secure access long term.
Not as expensive as I thought, and although i don't know anything about ongoing mantaince costs which would have to be found if sold at that price I would very much like the BMC to spend what must be a small amount of money from their budget to solidify access to an important crag.
The BMC were involved the last time they were sold
I don't think that link works but I'm well aware the BMC came to an agreement with the gun club about not bidding against each other when the quarries were previously sold and ultimately the BMC bought Wilton 1 if that is what you are referring to
What I am expressing as a BMC member is I would very much like them to consider spending our money on this.
I agree the BMC should try to purchase them as well.
The link works for me... I searched "BMC buy Wilton" and it was about the 5th item.
"www.thebmc.co.uk › Downlo...PDF
BMC buy Wilton 1 quarry - The British Mountaineering Council'
It's the Feb 09 NW area newsletter and should be available through their community pages.
It's access land under CRoW so climbing shouldn't be affected.
A CROW Access Land designation offers no protection against development. And if that development turns the land into Excepted Land as defined by the CROW Act then there is no longer a right to access
You think someone is going to go for a couple of mini Rathos?
Myself and Les Ainsworth (Lancashire Access Rep) have been investigating his this morning and it turns out that the estate agents have got the details wrong and it's a completely different parcel of land to that shown on the image on Rightmove. Neither shooting club knew anything about it when asked and were as surprised as us. The estate agents say they are trying to get the listing removed ASAP.
Rob Dyer (BMC Access & Conservation Officer)
Phew, thanks Rob and Les.
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