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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

Lockdown Wales: Stay Local

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01/06/2020

Wales has different regulations to England in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and consequently, the rules on travel, exercise and where we can go and who we can climb with, are quite different to those on the English side of the border. The regulations and guidance in Wales were changed on Monday June 1st. Read on to see the current situation.
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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

Covid-19: June lockdown changes

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29/05/2020

Following the latest government announcements, some changes are due to be made to lockdown from Monday 1st June. The changes depend on which country you're based in. The BMC access team take a look at what these mean for climbers and hill walkers.
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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

Covid-19: Climbing hotspots to avoid in England

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22/05/2020

Since lockdown eased on 13 May, the vast majority of climbers around the country have been doing a fantastic job of spreading out and finding less popular crags to visit. But there are a number of hot spots where Covid-19 related access issues have arisen. These areas are worth treating very sensitively or, ideally, avoiding for the time being to prevent access problems in the future.
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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

Bird restrictions: can you climb there?

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19/05/2020

If you're heading out to the crags, don’t forget about the birds. With Covid-19 restrictions lifting in some areas, don't forget that there could be nesting birds on some climbs.
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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

Covid and the outdoors: Professor Ian Hall answers your questions

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18/05/2020

There's been a lot of speculation lately about how the virus is transmitted, especially when it comes to the outdoors. Sarah Stirling talks to Professor Ian Hall of Nottingham University to find out all the answers: Is 2m far enough? Is it a good idea to wear a buff in the outdoors? How long does the disease survive on wooden and metal stiles or a rock?
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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

Covid-19: Do you need to change the way that you climb and walk?

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15/05/2020

As access to the outdoors has changed, climbing and hill walking is now possible in England, and in Wales where travel on foot from home is possible (subject to some mountain areas being closed). But do you need to change the way that you climb and walk with Covid-19? We take a look.
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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

Can I go climbing and hill walking in Wales?

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13/05/2020

As lockdown evolves, access to the outdoors is now changing. However, this is still different in England, Wales and Scotland. In Wales, the emphasis and the law is still to stay at home unless you have a “reasonable excuse” to do so, and whether you can go climbing or hill-walking is unclear.
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SUMMIT MAGAZINE

Multi-award winning Climbing Blind on BBC4 this Wednesday

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19/05/2020

Last year, blind climber Jesse Dufton led every pitch of the classic East Face Route (E1 5b) on the Old Man of Hoy, placing all his own gear. Renowned adventure filmmaker Alastair Lee made a cracking film, supported by Montane and BMC TV, based around the ascent, which has been scooping up awards and is, amazingly for a climbing film, going to be shown on British telly. To top off the good news story, Jesse has just won a BMC Volunteer Award.
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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

Can I travel to the Lake District to climb or walk?

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14/05/2020

With one of the highest infection rates for Covid-19 in the UK, local people and organisations in the Lakes District are understandably apprehensive about a sudden influx of visitors following the easing of lockdown restrictions in England since 13th May. Here's the latest advice.
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YOUTH & EQUITY

Guidance for new outdoor climbers

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14/05/2020

As the lockdown comes to an end in parts of the UK and many climbing walls remain shut it could mean that more people than usual are thinking about venturing outdoors to get their climbing fix. This article is aimed at giving some general advice for people who wish to make the transition.
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