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The Stiperstones

West Midlands

A series of quartzite tors and pinnacles along Stiperstones Hill, north-west of the Long Mynd. Unfortunately, the potential for climbing and bouldering on the Stiperstones is quite limited, but it's still a great place for a stroll with views into Wales.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Midlands Rock Type: Quartzite
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Wildlife Trust No. of Routes: 21
Within National Park: No Year Developed:
Grid Reference: SO367986

The area covered by this description is the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve and subject to unusual local bylaws which restrict certain recreational activites, including 'rock climbing with equipment'. 

Natural England own the site and climbing is restricted to Cranberry Rock (the tor with the best routes) and with an agreement that no fixed or in situ equipment will be placed or left on the crag. There is a permit system which can be discussed by calling the site manager on (01743) 792294.

The outcrop of Nipstone Rock, a little further to the SSW, is managed by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and no restrictions are known on this crag.

CRoW Information

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.  

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