Those who love to spend their free time using climbing ropes to climb up cliffs and crags may get a chance to ensure they and their sport are better supported by national park authorities.
This is because the Department for Environment food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published a consultation on the management of national parks, with one proposal being to have some directly elected members on authority boards
Members of the public can respond to the plans by May 31st, which if favourable could see climbers wanting to stand up for the sport being among those who gain entry to the decision making processes.
Other plans include the removal of the requirement to have a political balance on national park authority boards and imposing a maximum service length of eight years.
Other upcoming decisions DEFRA will be making about national parks include the judgement on the possible extension of the boundaries of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.