BMC Access Changes - Roaches and Ravensdale

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There have been two major access changes recently, one being a new ban at the Roaches, and the other a lifting of the ban at Ravensdale.


At the Roaches, a pair of Peregrines are now nesting here, having moved from the nearby Hen Cloud. This means that all normal restrictions on Hen Cloud have been lifted, but climbers are asked to keep to established tracks and only access The Cube boulder from the sheep track running due South. There is a restriction in place between Damascus Crack and Easy Gully including the boulders up to the Flakes and Chips boulder. For more information on the restrictions and any updates to the situation, more information can be found in the BMC's RAD database.



Ravensdale, a classic low-mid grade limestone crag in Derbyshire, is now unbanned as the Ravens have fledged. Natural Trust (who own the crag) had banned all climbing at the venue, however, due to nesting Ravens. To keep updated with new access restrictions at Ravensdale, check out the BMC's RAD database here

For more general information on Access to crags around the country, visit the BMC's Access & Conservation page

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29 May, 2013
Not being overly familiar with the route names, how does this affect the lower/upper-tier bouldering? We're staying in Rock Hall this weekend and want to make sure we don't stray. Also, bonus, will take the tele-lens and try for some peregrine snaps :D
29 May, 2013
Ravensdale is owned by Natural England not the National Trust.
29 May, 2013
29 May, 2013
Little bit confused by this, does it mean between Damascus Crack and East Gully Wall, i.e. pretty much the greater part of the upper tier? If not, where is Easy Gully?
29 May, 2013
Yes, that's correct. Pretty much the main body of the upper tier including the area around sloth, black and tans etc and the upper tier bouldering are all out of bounds.
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