Owned and managed by the BMC for climbers, there are very few issues at Bwlch y Moch. However climbers are asked to observe a few points. On no account should the fence at the top of the crag be crossed - all of the land at the crag top is privately owned, including the cliff top path and an agreement is in place with the neighbouring farmer for a permissve path along the cliff top. There is no descent either behind the crag or to the east. If choosing to abseil ensure that a sling is placed around the tree to prevent damage and that you do not cause inconvenience or a hazard to other climbers -"look before you chuck" is the motto here! None of the abseil slings or fixed belays are maintained or inspected by the BMC -so please ensure that you are satisifed with their safety and suitability before using! Camping is not allowed at the crag and there are no toilets at the site -please spend a penny at the cafe to use the facilites (for customers only).
28 May 2019 - The blocks were inspected by professional geo-technical consultant (also a climber). The "boot flake" below the huge pinnacle of Shadrach is fundamentally unstable and could fall if any pressure is put on it (such as placing a cam or even a strong outward pull). This block is approximately 3.5 tons in weight and sits on a sloping shelf. On initial appearance the block seems to be secure but is in fact seriously unstable. However removing this block without also disturbing the huge Shadrach pinnacle is virtually impossible and potentially lethal and with that block weighing in excess of 35 tons and directly above the "boot flake" it's best avoided. Please do not try to do any work here yourselves!
While highly unlikley to fall spontaneously, these blocks would cause significant damage to this area of the cliff and potentially even impact on the highway if or when they fall.
The BMC is now urgently seeking professional advice on the next steps and until the area can be made safe it is strongly advised that people avoid this area of the cliff. Signs are being placed at the cafe, the base of the cliff and on the approach to the routes.
October 2017 - Damage from Storm Ophelia. Following the severe stroms and winds on October 17th, there has been a significant rockfall affecting the Belshazzar area, and numersous trees and branches have also been uprooted or fallen across paths. It's likley that some ledges and cliff edges where mature trees are growing could now be unstable due to the violent swaying and shaking of these trees during the storm. More info in this article.
23 March 2016 One Step in the Clouds route.
Climbers are warned that follwing a substantial rockfall of loose blocks that previously formed the groove on the first pitch of One Step in the Clouds, the nature of that route has now altered, some loose debris and rock still exists and the first pitch is now considered 4b/c in grade.