Altitude 99m 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.
Given the high numbers of boulderers visiting the site, the landings have become very worn and muddy in the past and climbers have tried to improve them using stone from the wall. Dry stone wall repair is expensive and the farmer has rightly become annoyed in the past about deliberate damage to his wall. The BMC has worked with the National Trust to fund some stone pitching around the most worn areas to make them harder wearing and improve drainage. Please do not try to add to this with stone from the dry stone wall - it could easily lead to access issues.
Reason: Nesting Birds
No climbing on the slabby side of the West Boulder (between the dry stone wall by the stile and the arête to the left) to protect some of the best examples of prehistoric rock-art in England.
The Cup & Ring markings can be easily seen and are notified as a Scheduled Ancient Monument giving them a high level of legal protection and meaning the National Trust (landowner) has a duty to protect them above all else. The engravings are regularly monitored and any damage could result in a complete ban at this famous venue.
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