Regional Access Database

Restrictions/ Sensitive Access Pontesford Rocks (Foresters' Rocks; Earl's Hill)

Good local outcrop.

BMC Area Midlands Rock Type Igneous
Climbing Area West Midlands Access Status Restrictions/ Sensitive Access
County Shropshire CRoW Land Yes
Importance Local No. of Routes 43
Ownership Wildlife Trust Year Developed 1949
Within National Park No Grid Reference SJ409047




The crag is within Earls Hill Nature Reserve which is managed by Shropshire Wildlife Trust. The Trust have a positive view of climbing here providing that people are sensitive to the ecological interests of the site. In particular the scree slopes should be treated with care. No camping and no fires, please.

The 'Fifty Foot Wall' routes were cleaned up and extensively restored in early 2013, with the intention of giving climbers an alternative area if the birds had nested on the main crag. Feel free to go try these - you might actually like them...

In late 2013, the Wildlife Trust undertook some further vegetation clearance work, mainly of invasive trees on the scree slopes, but also of scrub on the rocks. The intent was to improve the cliff environment from the climbers' point of view, as it will allow more light and air to dry the rocks better.




Restrictions apply from  1 March - 31 July. Reason - Nesting Birds

Peregrines nest at Pontesford Rocks and a restriction applies to the right hand buttress and descent gully from this buttress. This leaves the popular left hand buttress open for climbing. It is possible that the birds could change location in future however, so please respect any local signage.








Small groups (pairs, etc) of climbers are welcome to continue using the crag, but it would be appreciated if larger groups could find an alternative to Pontesford Rocks, as the site is fairly restricted in size. Please leave no litter (and pick up anyone else's); no fires, no camping


  
This page was last updated on 22/06/2016. RAD is updated as and when access changes and a historic date does not mean that the information is out of date, only that the access situation hasn't changed.