Thursday 1 April 2021

Charges for climbing at Harrison's Rocks - Summer 2021

Harrison’s Rocks will shortly be added to the list of outdoor crags in the south east
which will be charging its visitors who wish to climb at the rocks. 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, BMC revenues have suffered and recovery funding has been looked at on a number of fronts, including charging to access BMC owned crags. 

Once funding stabilises proposals have been made for the installation and maintenance of wooden walkways and steps to help protect the ground, as well as implementing a full time warden. Funds will also be used for the ongoing costs of maintenance.

Work has already begun on building the reception area (pictured above), where daily tickets will be able to be purchased before heading to the rocks. Tickets will also be checked and and will be obtained at the rocks also. 

One welcomed addition will be that climbers will now have to sign a code of practice agreement which states they will adhere to the rules and be liable for any damage they cause if 'deliberately' not following them. 

Towels, carpets, rope protectors, super soft sandstone brushes and Eco Balls will also be on sale from the office until 'phase 2' is completed. 

Phase 2 expected in 2025 is a Forestry England Birchden wood visitor centre located where the toilet block is currently. Provisions for climbers, walkers and campers will be made available in a small purpose built eco friendly facility to the side of the building. The new building (architectural visualisation pictured) is for those seeking information on the area, refreshments and to make payments for rock climbing and camping. There will also be a small cafĂ© and shop. The shop will also be selling climbing items mentioned above as well as additional sandstone specific equipment. 

Phase 1 charging is not expected to come into effect until late summer 2021 and primarily for day climbers only. BMC discount for members will be available. 

For full details on the plans and proposed pricing, see the full BMC article here.

(April Fools News Item)