The BMC has secured an important agreement to replace old bolts with top quality resin anchors at one of the country’s best crags.
Malham Cove is owned by Malham Parish Council and has a high level of legal protection due to its status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Therefore, any ‘work’ on the Cove requires a licence from Natural England and landowner consent.
"BMC Yorkshire Area volunteers Martin Christmas and Richard Hardicre and local climber Gareth Scott must be congratulated for presenting a good case and securing the agreement" said Guy Keating (BMC Access & Conservation Officer) "This is a really positive development for climbers and the BMC because the people in charge of a national landmark are satisfied that re-bolting does not present significant liability concerns or impact on the conservation features".
“I am really pleased with this result” said Martin Christmas, “Its been a real team effort, Head Office and area volunteers working together to achieve a really positive outcome for the Yorkshire area. We really appreciate the Parish Council helping us make the Cove a better place to climb”
Richard (and the Yorkshire Bolt Fund) will be coordinating the work and hope to crack on in the coming months - before the Cove’s resident peregrines return for their annual nesting attempt in Feb. Several volunteers have already agreed to help with the re-equipping, but if you would like to chip in please get in touch with Guy Keating at the BMC, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BMC wishes to thank the Parish Council members and Natural England for supporting the work.
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