COVID-19

The climbing suspension has been lifted on Southern Sandstone Outcrops.
Bowles Rocks remains closed until further notice.

26.05.2020 - Harrison's Rocks Carpark Update - 26th May 20202
As of Tuesday 26th May 2020 the carpark and toilet facilities at Harrison's Rocks will be open from 8am to 10pm. Camping is still closed. More information can be found here.

22.05.2020 - Bank Holiday Weekend 23rd, 24th, 25th May 2020
We are expecting high numbers of climbers in the area this weekend.  Issues with Parking.
More information can be found here


13.05.2020 - Climbing Suspension Lifted 
The Climbing Suspension has now been lifted on Southern Sandstone Outcrops though Bowles Rocks remains closed.

10.05.2020 - Post Prime Minister Update 
Please note that the BMC will advise if climbing is permitted. At this time, climbing is still suspended on all Southern Sandstone crags and all facilities remain closed.

23.03.2020 - Climbing Suspension
All climbing activities on Southern Sandstone are suspended as of 23.03.2020. Do not climb until further notice.


HARRISON'S ROCKS
Crag/Rocks - Open (as of 13.5.20)
Campsite - Closed
Toilet Facilities - Open (as of 26.5.20) 8am - 10pm
Carpark - Open 8am - 10pm (as of 26.5.20)

STONE FARM ROCKS
Crag/Rocks - Open (as of 13.5.20)


BOWLES ROCKS
Bowles Rocks - Closed

BMC ADVICE
The BMC have now published their latest advice here.
It is vital that all climbers adhere to the recommendations given and that social distancing should still be followed.

Climbing will be permitted alone, with others in your household or with one other person at a time from outside your household keeping two metres apart at all times. Please do not meet up with groups of friends. Ideally climb with members of your own household. Everyone needs to be responsible and not contribute to the spread of this virus. Do not travel in cars together if you are not from the same household. No overnight stays, day trips only

Social distancing and hygiene
  • Stay at home if you are showing symptoms of C-19 or self-isolating.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 2m from anyone outside of your household.
  • Be cautious of touching surfaces and shared equipment. Be committed to hand hygiene.

Climbing and hill walking
  • Scale back your ambitions: be cautious, choose objectives within your technical and physical limits to minimise the risk of accidents and injury.
  • Avoid very popular areas: seek out less frequented venues, be flexible and have backup plans to avoid overcrowding.
  • Check the BMC Regional Access Database: avoid crags with known nesting birds or access issues.
  • Where possible, stay local. Whilst this is not part of the government’s guidance, staying local will reduce the load on national parks and rural communities whilst they are sensitive to increased visitor numbers.

England – specific guidance

For climbers and hill walkers in England only, the new guidance contains two key points which will come into effect on 13 May 2020:
  • Whilst not being explicit, it appears that all outdoor activities and sports (including all types of climbing and walking) will be permitted alone, with others in your household or with one other person at a time from outside your household keeping two meters apart at all times.
  • Travel is unrestricted, but importantly different regulations in Wales and Scotland do not allow travel across these borders. Where possible, stay local which will reduce the load on rural communities. 

As the situation develops, the BMC will adapt their guidance. At this point the key message is to be:

  • Cautious in your actions
  • Respectful of local communities
  • Extremely vigilant in avoiding transmitting the virus
UKC Logbooks - Restriction
Now lifted.

BMC Key Points
Stay local
Stay respectful
Stay away from honeypotsStay access-aware
Stay within capabilities
Stay away from birds
Stay alert