New Access Ban at Wright's Rock due to Rule-Breaking Climbers

© Mike Hutton

The BMC Regional Access Database (RAD) reports a new access ban at Wright's Rock Area in the Peak District's Churnet Valley. The landowner has instituted a complete climbing ban due to 'persistent abuse of the access conditions by climbers.'

A ban has been put in place at the popular bouldering and trad venue, Wright's Rock. Naomi Buys on Wright's Unconquerable 7A+.  © Mike Hutton
A ban has been put in place at the popular bouldering and trad venue, Wright's Rock. Naomi Buys on Wright's Unconquerable 7A+.
© Mike Hutton

Before the ban, access was contingent on following simple rules set by the landowner, which stipulated Friday to Sunday access only, a maximum of 6 climbers at any one time, no dogs and no climbing after 5 p.m.

'Access has been removed due to repeat incidences of the rules not being followed,' the RAD database reads.

The BMC is warning climbers not to visit the crag until further notice. 

Featuring 225 routes and boulder problems, the sandstone conglomerate crag is described as 'the best the Churnet [Valley] has to offer' in the Peak Bouldering Rockfax.

The ban is a reminder to respect the rules set out by landowners, and to check the BMC RAD database for access issues — even for crags that you visit regularly.  

Read this UKC Article from our Respect the Rock series about how to help keep access to crags open:

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18 May

Don't be part of the problem please

18 May

In some situations I would agree, but if you've ever been to Wright's you would understand why that is bollox (which i suspect by your rather ignorant statment you haven't). If you want to start a thread on general access then please do so separately.

18 May

No chance this thread is going to quickly descend into pointless bickering. Enjoy everyone!

18 May

Isn't this one basically in the landowner's back garden and so rather a special case?

Would you want people climbing in your back garden late in the evening when you're trying to get to sleep?

This isn't about the landed gentry like banning climbing on a crag miles from anywhere someone happens to own.

Don't be such a tw@t - the landowner reads these Forums and, is, by all accounts a reasonable chap - comments like that (while clearly not directed in person) may actually jeopardise access...

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