I realise that your post did not specifically refer to Stanhope Dene but can people be aware that climbing in Stanhope Dene is currently banned. Negotiations are ongoing and making some progress but any unauthorised climbing activity could jeopardise prospects for any future access agreement.
Climbing continues in Ashes Quarry in Stanhope, information on both venues can be found on the respective BMC RAD entries. As the access situations for both venues remain sensitive, visitors are encouraged to ensure best practice in terms of parking, litter, noise, nuisance, environmental awareness, etc.
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