BMC North West Area Meeting & Lakes Festival of Climbing


The next BMC North West area gathering is on Monday 23rd May at the Belmont Bull, just north of Bolton at 7.30pm.


The main item for discussion will be Hoghton – Les Ainsworth has negotiated another month’s access so climbing will be allowed until the end of August. This is still not ideal but at least we now have a long enough season (probably from 7th/8th June through to end Aug depending on when the birds fly away) to make cleaning up some of the classics a much more worthwhile exercise. We are hoping we can use the meeting to publicise the situation and to recruit people to get routes cleaned.


Apart from this, Lancashire guidebook updates and access news and views from around the region are also on the menu. The next round of crag restorations, as well as further developments at Wilton are up for discussion too.


Chips and butties have been ordered, and the meeting is open to one and all.


The agenda is on the BMC Communities site.


The fourth BMC Lakes Festival of Climbing will be taking place over the weekend of the 10th -12th June in the Duddon Valley. It is a chance to get to know a quiet corner of the Lake District at a great time of the year. The weather has been booked and the crags (especially the high crags like Esk Buttress) are in good condition. The BMC’s local area team have been hard at work sourcing great weather, fine ales and friendly company for the weekend, and everyone is welcome.


Details of the event are here, and it is open to everyone. Free breakfasts will be served each morning to prepare you for your day. There is a UKC thread about the event, if you need a lift/partner/further information



Martin Kocsis


BMC Area Support

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