Access Roundup

A considerable rockfall has occurred at Aldery Cliff on 8 February this year. The area affected centres around the route Carmen, roughly in the middle of the cliff, and there is reported to be a risk of further rockfalls. So, if visiting Aldery Cliff please be very aware of the possibility of further rockfalls, and take more than the normal care. To compliment the already well-established team of Henry Folkard and Dave Bishop the Peak District has some new access reps to support its work. Bunny McCullough has agreed to take on the issues surrounding the proposed Chee Dale railway line, Richard Gibbon is covering the Chew Valley area and James Simpson will look after the Matlock and Derwent area.February sees the release of the draft maps under the CRoW Act for several areas in Wales.As ever, local involvement is key to getting the best for walkers and climbers, so please get in touch, go to the roadshows, and check out the maps if you can. Central, Western Brecon Beacons and South Brecknockshire -consultation closes 20/5/03.Ceredigion – consultation closes 27/5/03Northern Snowdonia – consultation closes 28/5/03Western Valleys & Swansea – consultation closes 6/6/03. All roadshow dates can be found from or 0845 130 6229 Draft CRoW Maps for North East EnglandThe maps for this area will be available from 13/3/03; contact the Countryside Agency on 01242 521381 or visit for more details. Yet again we have to report damage to the Staffordshire gritstone edges. At Windgather Rocks there has been damage to rock at the bottom (which could well be hold chipping) and also to some gear placements at the top. Please keep your eyes out for anyone that looks like they are causing this sort of stupid damage, and politely point out the error of their ways if this can safely be done. The Ravens are back at Millstone, again nesting in Twikker Bay. Please keep out of sight of the bird and do not climb in the Twikker Bay area until further notice. Craig Y Longridge. As reported elsewhere, some earth moving has occurred on the site and may affect the routes on the taller part of the crag.We believe that this is only temporary. Negotiations are ongoing with the landowners regarding climbing access, and the BMC hope to have a site meeting soon to resolve this. In the meantime, continue to climb there, but if asked to leave please do so politely and without aggravating the owner. The politeness of climbers has been commented on favourably in the past, and this will be useful in negotiations. Tremadog, Wales. There are reports of a recent and fairly substantial rockfall on Vector Buttress.Take care and consider the merits of wearing a helmet. Access & Conservation Trust. The Trust is delighted to have the Climbers? Club on board again for 2003 as one of the major supporters of ACT – a big thank you for their contribution, which makes them Gold level supporters again for this year. The donation is made through the Colin Kirkus Guidebook Fund, which generates money from sales of CC guidebooks, so if you purchase one of their guidebooks you can be assured a contribution is going towards good work in Access & Conservation.The Climbers? Club is one of the largest clubs in the UK with a varied programme of meets, several huts and published guides to many areas in the UK. Outdoors Show. The BMC Access & Conservation Officers, Clare Bond and Graham Lynch, will be giving talks on Access & Conservation and sustainable mountain development themes at the Walking Workshop at this years Outdoors Show in March.