Restrictions on access (for public safety reasons) apply to the shooting range, the crag, and Deer Hill Moss. The shooting club have strict legal obligations to ensure their activities do not represent a threat to the public. Members of Lydgate Rifle and Pistol Club can shoot at any time during the day, and it is therefore important that climbers do not access the LH part of the crag outside of the agreed dates/times.
Reason: Nesting Birds
The BMC have been collaborating with the Lydgate Pistol & Rifle Club on several issues over the past couple of years, and after a reassessment of the ‘fall of shot’ safety zone it transpires all routes/bouldering on The Rostrum and areas to the right are outside of the new zone. This part of the crag is now Open Access land without restrictions, and can be accessed at any time.
The remainder of the crag (left of The Rostrum & the descent) is within the ‘fall of shot’ zone and can only be accessed on Friday evenings after 6pm .
This is a well frequented live firing range where large calibre, high velocity firearms are used. It is vital climbers remember this and do not access the LH sections of the crag if shooting is taking place. Shooting is not supposed to take place on Friday evenings, but people make mistakes, for example by shooting at the wrong time or leaving the warning flags out - either way, if flags are out or shooting is taking place why chance it? We advise all climbers wishing to access the crag on Friday’s to determine if people are shooting from the car park or clubhouse.