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Mountain body gains climbing extension

Posted 20 May 2011
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Mountain body gains climbing extension
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The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has managed to negotiate an extension to access for those with climbing ropes to a crag in Lancashire.

News that climbers will be allowed access at Hoghton until the end of August was revealed in an email to members ahead of the BMC North West area gathering, which will take place on Monday (May 23rd) in Bolton.

The meeting will discuss clean-up work on the cliffs and some other crag restoration work, as well as the development of a guidebook to routes in Lancashire.

BMC members and other climbing fans living in the region may take a close interest in such developments, as well as having an eye on goings-on in the neighbouring region of north Wales.

Earlier this week, the BMC said it will be seeking reassurances from the newly-elected Welsh Assembly government on the issues of access and conservation in the countryside.

It urged the administration to carry out a range of moves, including the encouragement of quarry owners to see the benefits of allowing climbers access for leisure purposes.