Access Difficulties at Dyffryn South Wales

Posted by Elfyn Jones on 18/01/2011
Photo courtesy of South Wales Mountaineering Club wiki

Access problems have been reported at Dyffryn Crags, a sandstone sports venue in woodland near Neath in the South Wales valleys.

Dyffryn crags is on a woodland site owned and managed by the Woodland Trust, above the Neath Valley in South Wales. It's a sandstone cliff which has about 30 bolted sports routes up to 12 metres high, with mainly mid-grade grade routes.

However the owners have been in touch with the South Wales bolt fund requesting that climbers do not use the site and that all fixed equipment should be removed. The Woodland Trust have been particulary concerned that bolting took place here with out any consultation or consent from themselves, and have concerns about their liability, both to climbers and to members of the public using the bridleway that passes below the cliff. They are also annoyed that climbers have been driving up the (private) track that leads to the site and blocking access for the farmer along the  the track (which is also a bridleway) to access fields above the track.

BMC are in discussion with the owners and the local manager for the Woodland Trust to seek a solution, but at the moment the Woodland Trust are taking a hard line and do not allow access for climbing to this site.

Climbers are reminded that climbing is not officiallly allowed here and that in particular they should not drive up the track to the cliff, but that all visitors to the site should park at the Woodland Trust car park and follow paths  and other rights of way on foot only to the site.



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