Date(s) - 06/05/2016 - 08/05/2016
Cerberus Spelaeological Society 'Larkshall'
We have arranged a meet at the much loved Cheddar Gorge. It’s a beautiful place with a range of climbs on the edge of the Mendips.
The rock is a mix of sport and trad for a range of levels. There are even some caves if that’s your bag.
We have booked 2 adjacent bunkhouses as Cheddar is a popular venue and not too far away. One of them has a bouldering wall down the corridor. There are loads of facilities there so we can do all the catering in the bunkhouses. There is also a BBQ and a bonfire area.
The accommodation provides all the home comforts with a kitchen/dining room, large lounge, library, and showers and changing facilities. For anyone so inclined the central corridor can be traversed using the climbing holds fitted along the wall.
The Cheddar Gorge is described as “a breathtaking natural phenomenon” which Climbers will have a special appreciation for as it offers the rare attraction of multi-pitch sport routes. It’s popularity with tourists and climbers alike puts strong pressures on a sensitive environment, and the close proximity of some climbs to the road brings its own safety concerns, to help manage these the climbing access is reassessed each year. The Gorge is a site of special scientific interest, and the restrictions are in place to protect rare plants such as the Cheddar Pink, and provide safe nesting for protected species of bird, so the approach to, and descent from the climbs also needs careful attention
Both Fairy Caves and A lot of the Cheddar Gorge are private land, where permission for climbing has been granted, but for the Gorge in particular there are seasonal restrictions and it is essential that these are observed if access is to be maintained. It’s also important for a large group of climbers such as SCC as “climbing tourists” to be respectful of local climbers, and avoid overcrowding the crag or hogging routes.
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