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Access to climbing venue secured

Posted 12 July 2010
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Access to climbing venue secured
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The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has revealed that it has succeeded in securing access to a quarry so that climbers can make the most of its cliffs.

From Tuesday July 13th those brining their climbing rope and climbing chalk will be able to use the Fairy Cave Quarry in Somerset to practice the sport.

The access agreement with the owners is initially for a one-year trial period and is dependent on issues such as keeping the access gate closed, good supervision of inexperienced climbers and considerate parking.

Loose rock and vegetation is present in several places due to the lack of any climbing in recent months, the BMC has noted.

Other agreements brokered by the body to increase access to climbing routes include a deal to get more access to the sea cliffs at Cilan Head in north Wales.

Last month saw the BMC conclude an agreement after consultation with the RSPB and Gwynedd Council concerning access to the head, taking into account issues such as the conservation of nesting areas for seabirds.

Posted by Brandon Egley