Latest online news from the Peak Area: September 2020

Posted by Tony Ryan on 27/08/2020
On Howden Moor, home this summer to a Bearded Vulture.

The September 2020 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: 

  • Access and conservation news from the team of Peak District access reps, including a look at the impact of Covid-19 on access and accessibility, and problems arising from increased popularity of some locations;
  • Hill walking news from Peter Judd, Austin Knott and Vikki Hughes, including an update on the Cut Gate and Great Ridge Mend Our Mountains projects; and
  • Climbing news and gossip from the inimitable Dave Parry, including a run-down of the latest pioneering efforts from Ned Feehally, Ben & Ben (Bransby & Moon), and ‘Polish Dave’ & Son.

READ: September 2020 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: 2 September

Come to our next (virtual) gathering of Peak District climbers and walkers and get involved in the BMC.

The next Peak Area Meeting will be on Wednesday 2 September 2020, starting at 7.30pm, and will be an online meeting held via Zoom, with registration for the meeting via Eventbrite.

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. All are welcome.

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


More FAQs about the BMC and Covid-19

🌳 Can I start climbing / hillwalking? Yes, but be cautious in your actions, respectful of local communities and vigilant in avoiding transmitting the virus. Read our latest advice for July here and for the general return to climbing here

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

😷 When and how will the walls reopen?  In England it's July 25th Read the ABC's advice for walls and watch their live update here

✈️ 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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