Latest online news from the Peak Area: April 2018

Posted by Tony Ryan on 05/04/2018
Mend Our Mountains launch walk on the Great Ridge.

The April 2018 issue of the BMC Peak Area Newsletter is now online, keeping you informed about what’s happening in the region, including details of the next BMC Peak Area Meeting.

In this issue: 

  • Henry Folkard provides his regular and thorough round-up of access and conservation news, and Dave Parry reports on the latest climbing developments;
  • Jon Fullwood provides some tips on using super glue for stabilising holds and preventing further erosion;
  • Area hill walking reps Peter Judd and Austin Knott report on a walk along the Great Ridge to celebrate the public launch of Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million, and plans for a torch-lit walk on 22 May;
  • Castle Mountaineering Club invite you to ‘progress to rock’ on one of its club meets; and
  • Longshaw Estate Ranger Chris Millner provides some historical background to the many millstones which form a distinctive feature of the area’s landscape.

Download the April 2018 BMC Peak Area Newsletter

The Peak Area Newsletter is produced by John Coefield and Dave Parry. If you’d like to contribute an article to a future newsletter, contact the editors

Peak Area Meeting: 11 April

The next Peak Area Meeting is on Wednesday 11 April 2018, starting at 7.30pm, at The Maynard, Main Road, Grindleford, S32 2HE

Come along to Grindleford for our next gathering of Peak District climbers and walkers and get involved in the BMC. Area meetings are run by volunteers and provide an opportunity for you to discuss issues and influence decisions affecting climbers and walkers locally and nationally.

BMC Organisational Review: latest developments
National Council has established a working group to develop proposals for implementing the review group’s recommendations, and these proposals will be published prior to the meeting, which will offer an important opportunity for members to provide feedback and influence the final version of the proposals, to be presented to members for approval at the BMC AGM on 16 June.

All are welcome; food will be provided by the BMC.

See the BMC Local Areas site for more details about the meeting


As the climbing walls, crags and mountains start to open, we wanted to say thanks to every BMC member who supported us through the Coronavirus crisis.

From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t have made it without you.

If you liked what we did, then tell your friends about us: www.thebmc.co.uk/join


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06/04/2018
While climbing at Sit Down Buttress (Hidden Quarry) on Thursday 5th April we saw a couple of peregrines circling overhead. They appear to be nesting in the far distance of the quarry complex, about 600m away and not affecting climbing at Sit Down. Given the issues regarding Ravensdale, we could demonstrate our proactive view on conservation by recommending a restriction on climbing around the back of Hidden Quarry or at least find out where they are nesting.

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