BMC Land and Property Trust (LPT)

Climb, Protect, Support

The BMC owns eight crags across England and Wales, and actively supports the management of several others for the benefit of climbers. Some sites have been given to us over the years while others have been purchased or acquired at auction to secure long-term access.

Owning and managing land is a major responsibility which takes time and costs money; land ownership is a last resort for the BMC, our preference always being to help landowners manage access to their land.

The management of our sites is the responsibility of a part time paid Land & Property Manager supported by expert volunteers in our Land Management Group and the BMC Land & Property Trust.

The BMC also has close management involvement with several other major climbing sites including Upper Pen Trwyn on the Great Orme and Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.

BMC Owned Sites

  • Horseshoe Quarry (Derbyshire)

    A large and very popular limestone quarry near Stoney Middleton in the heart of the Peak District. Quick drying with a good spread of mid-grade sport routes. It was acquired from Tarmac Aggregates in 2005 and is now extensively managed by the BMC.

  • Aldery Cliff (Derbyshire)

    A sunny little crag set amongst beautiful rolling limestone scenery. Popular locally and has undergone extensive restoration and improvement work in recent years. BMC has owned the site since 1994.

  • Bwlch y Moch, Tremadog (Gwynedd)

    The first site to be acquired by the BMC, back in 1979, and still one of the best. A nationally important dolerite crag, sheltered and sunny with a plethora of famous routes from VD to E8 on top quality rock.

  • Craig-y-Longridge (Lancashire)

    A unique bouldering and traversing crag saved by the BMC from a housing development in 2007. 75 metres of severely overhanging sandstone that are guaranteed to make you strong (if you can hang on long enough).

  • Harrison’s Rocks (East Sussex)

    The most popular southern sandstone crag with a great selection of climbs in a quiet woodland setting. Originally bought by local climbers in 1959 (at that time when the BMC was unable to own property) and passed onto the CCPR, then the Sports Council Trust Company Ltd who managed it with close BMC involvement. Ownership transferred to the BMC in 2009 and the site is now actively managed by local climbers who care deeply about the place.

  • Wilton 1 Quarry (Lancashire)

    An impressive grit / sandstone quarry up to 26 metres high. It was acquired from North West Water at auction in 2008 when at risk of development for other purposes. Scene of the popular ‘Wilton Fest’ (annual climbing festival run local volunteers). It is actively managed by the BMC and convenient for the nearby Wilton Arms.

  • Stone Farm Rocks (East Sussex)

    A pleasant crag with a lovely outlook across the rolling countryside near East Grinstead, acquired from the Gravetye Estate in 2001 and the BMC’s closest site to London.

  • Crookrise (Yorkshire)

    One of the best gritstone crags in Yorkshire with a mix of routes and boulders covering most grades. Set in moorland a few miles from Skipton. Bought from the Yorkshire Dales National Park in 2017.

Make a real difference



The main contacts for queries are our BMC Access & Conservation Officers for England and Wales

For English properties please contact:

For Welsh properties please contact:

Various types of maintenance work is undertaken on BMC sites throughout the year, some by local volunteers, some by specialist contractors. Crag clean ups are occasionally run by the local volunteers and in some cases volunteers also get involved with checking and replacing fixed equipment.

Any climbers with ideas or suggestions about work needed at BMC crags should raise these with the relevant BMC local area group to determine the degree of support, and gain approval.

Phill Hargreaves is employed by the BMC as a part time Land & Property Manager with day-to-day responsibility for the management of BMC crags.

Other opportunities to volunteer on BMC supported upland conservation projects can be found here. Click here for more information

The BMC Near Miss and Incident Reporting Database can be used to report climbing related accidents or incidents.

Other issues relating to specific climbs or bird nesting on routes etc can be reported via the BMC RAD pages for the particular crag.

Any urgent safety or other issues can be reported to the BMC Access & Conservation Officers.

Owning and managing crags and land for the benefit of the climbing community comes with a considerable financial cost. The BMC carry out routine inspections and work such as tree safety reports and resulting remedial work, maintenance of fencing and access furniture, path improvements as well as general maintenance, improvements, and ecological enhancements.