Love where you climb: Respect the Rock

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 Team BMC 31 Mar 2021
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British crags need your help to protect them for the future. Remember to leave no trace, think of your impact on the environment and respect others.


Can you climb there? Know before you go - check the BMC Regional Access Database. Understand the ethics and access conditions of where you climb.

Rock is delicate. Use good footwork and clean your shoes to reduce wear. Avoid sandstone and gritstone when it’s wet and more fragile.

Minimise chalk use. It spoils the experience for others. Clean chalky holds and tick marks after you’re finished.

Develop crags responsibly. Talk to the local BMC Access Rep before cleaning vegetation, changing fixed equipment or making other changes to a crag which could affect access.


Keep wildlife wild. Treat wildlife and plants with respect, and follow seasonal climbing restrictions for nesting birds.

Park considerately. Use identified parking areas and never block entrances or obstruct traffic. Have a backup plan in case the parking is full.

Leave no trace. Take litter home, including finger tape and fruit cores or peel.

Go before you go. If you’re caught out, pack out your waste. As a last resort and away from popular spots, bury solid waste 15cm deep and at least 50m from water, the crag or paths.

Travel green. Use public transport or car share to reduce environmental impact and parking congestion.


Keep a low profile. Stick to small groups and keep noise to a minimum.

Don’t climb over walls or fences. Use agreed routes, gates and stiles.

Consider others. You’re representing the climbing community so manage your risk and be aware of other people’s enjoyment of these special places.

Control your dog. Check dogs are allowed at the crag before setting off. Make sure it can’t chase livestock, disturb wildlife or people. Bag and bin dog poo.

Shop locally. Support the local economy.

Use campsites wherever possible. Whether using a tent or a van, respect the local community, park considerately and toilet responsibly.

Check out our Wild Camping, Vanning and Pooing Guidelines

Respect The Rock Code

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