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Rock face 'free to climb'

Posted 1 April 2011
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Rock face 'free to climb'
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Climbers can now access a crag in Cumbria after an agreement was reached over safety liability for those using it.

Scratchmere Scar near Penrith had been closed to the public amid concerns from landowners Marshalls, but after negotiations with the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) it is now open for users those heading up in their climbing gear.

However, this will be entirely at the climber's own risk every time, with the BMC stating: "Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions."

Further concerns mean an adjacent working quarry remains out of bounds.

The scar is located in the Eden Valley outside the Lake District and the Fell and Rock Climbing Club of the Lake District said it offers "delectable" views of the national park.

It said this "small crag of immaculate Penrith sandstone" offers better climbing to other crags made from the same kind of rock.