BMC launches Covid-19 recovery plan for climbing and hill walking

Posted by Rob Dyer on 07/05/2020
Climbers on Kettle Crag, Langdale. Credit: Rob Dyer

Over the past two weeks, the BMC access team has been working hard to develop our proposals for phased re-opening of the outdoors for hill walking and climbing. Read our proposal here.

Over the past two weeks, the newly formed BMC Covid-19 Working Group has been working hard to develop proposals for phased re-opening of the outdoors for hill walking and climbing. The culmination of this, so far, is a Covid-19 recovery plan for climbing & hill walking which has been submitted to English and Welsh government ministers and departments today.

READ: The BMC Climbing and Hill walking Recovery Plan

This document provides activity-specific reasoning and measures which could allow phased reopening of the outdoors for the activities we represent in line with government regulations as they adapt.

We are working collaboratively with other recreational bodies through stakeholder groups in both England and Wales to develop overarching ideas and ensure consistency and this document aims to sit alongside that work, detailing the BMC’s thinking on specific climbing and hill walking issues relating to Covid-19.

Rob Dyer, BMC Access & Conservation Officer (England) said:This recovery plan aims to give government ministers and their advisors clear information specific to climbing and hill walking on how access to the outdoors for our activities could resume in a safe way as lockdown eases. We eagerly await the announcements from the Prime Minister expected this weekend and hope that this recovery plan influences thinking on a safe return to outdoor activities when lockdown begins to phase out. This is only the beginning of course and there is lots yet to be done, particularly once government strategy is made public, so watch this space as the situation develops.”

Elfyn Jones, BMC Access & Conservation Officer (Wales) also said: “Wales is one of the most popular climbing and hillwalking areas in the UK, for both local residents and visitors alike. This plan will help Welsh Government with their aim of safely easing the lockdown and to start allowing recreational activities to be resumed in a safe manner and for Welsh citizens and visitors to once again enjoy the great outdoor activities that Wales is famous for”.


More FAQs about the BMC and Covid-19

🌳 Can I climbing / hillwalking? Here's what you can and can't do in the 2nd English Lockdown (November 2020)

🌳 What's the situation in Wales? Read the full November update here

😷 When and how will the walls reopen?  In England they're now closed for the November Lockdown. Read our November Walls article

✈️ Can I now travel abroad again? Get the latest answers to going abroad with travel restrictions now easing

🛒 Is the BMC shop open? Yes - we officially reopened at the start of July!

🏡 Do you have any advice for clubs and huts? The latest club huts update and all you need to know

📜 Will the BMC keep running smoothly? Read more or watch our weekly live updates from our CEO

🚗 What have the BMC access team been doing during this time? Read on

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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