Please keep to the established footpaths and avoid taking short-cuts across open moorland areas. In particular please approach the ‘Cube’ boulder along the sheep track running due south.
Rockhall Cottage is run as a climbers and walkers hut by the BMC. It can be booked for up to 12 people - further information on the hut and the booking system can be found here.
Parking and Approach
Parking has always been limited at the Roaches and Hen Cloud and during peak times, it can be hard to find a space. Please consider lift sharing to reduce the number of vehicles and increase your chance of getting parked. Ensure that you park within the marked bays and don't block the road, gates or driveways - remember that large farm machinery and rescue vehicles need space to pass too. Given the limited amount of parking available, have a plan B in mind in case you cannot get parked near the crag.
Tickets have recently started to be issued for vehicles parked on the verges outside of the parking bays and wardens are patrolling 7 days a week including bank holidays.
Open access land, designated under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act (2000) give area access rather than linear access as provided by public rights of way. It also gives a legal right of access specifically for climbing, as well as walking and other quiet recreation on foot.
Please bear in mind however that the landowner still has the right to restrict access for up to 28 days per year (often used on public safety grounds for shooting in moorland areas), and can also apply for longer term restrictions with Natural England (such as bans on dogs, or regular restrictions during particular times of year). It is important to check for these restrictions regularly as they can be added at short notice – all details for open access land in England can be found on Natural England’s website.
All group leaders should familiarise themselves with BMC's Green Guide to Groups of Climbers.
Environmental damage is occuring at certain areas of the Lower and Upper Tier and this is exacerbated in wet conditions. Established routes should not be used fo abseiling and in particular avoid any of the slab routes. If you intend to use any area for an extended period of time be sensitive to the needs of others who may wish to use it - in particular do not leave ropes in situ.