Pontesford Rocks

West Midlands

Good local outcrop.

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

Group Advice

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

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