Help with our litter pick and tidy-up at Chudleigh Rocks

We’d love it if you could join us and help clear litter and tidy-up at a popular beauty spot near Exeter.

Litter pick at Chudleigh Rocks (south side) on Sunday, January 27 from 10am until 4pm.

We’re hoping lots of people from the walking, hiking and climbing community join us for this event, as well as families, and anyone who enjoys the great outdoors and wants to help keep the area litter-free.

There are several areas that need work on them, some bits are fine for all comers, such as litter picking at the base of the crag and also across the top where the general public walk around, as well as removal of vegetation at the base of the crag at ground level. Other areas will require the assistance of experienced climbers, for example, tackling the abseil routes to clean vegetation, particularly ivy, from the less popular lines.

We also need climbers to ‘Climb and Clean’ as many of the easier routes have some vegetation that can be removed while actually climbing them. If the weather is good, this should give people the chance to get a bit of a climb in as well as helping out, which is an added bonus.

We’re happy to provide bags, litter picking sticks and industrial-strength gloves for people to use and, also, free tea, coffee and soft drinks for helpers.

Chudleigh Rocks, which is close to Exeter, is one of the best crags in Devon and it, and the surrounding area, represent a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

It’s really important to help keep the crag clean and tidy, so it can be enjoyed by visitors, young and old and of all abilities, whether climbing or walking in the area.

Made up of compact limestone, Chudleigh is exclusively a traditional climbing venue and it holds a special place in my heart. It’s a great place to learn to Trad climb. I did many of my first Trad leads there and still go and repeat the crag classics nearly every year.

Surrounded by trees the crag is well sheltered, so if the weather is looking grim up on the moor it can be a good venue to visit. It also dries fairly quickly after rain too.

There are lots of climbing routes on the crag and the new (2018) South Devon guide is pretty much definitive and extremely well produced. The Rockfax suggests a small number of the routes, Dave Hendersons ‘Javu’ has a selected guide and the South Devon Mountaineering Club have an online guide as well, which is pretty good too, so anyone who has not been before should take a look at these.

I would recommend the area to anyone who is a keen climber and hasn’t tried it yet. One thing to remember though, the caves under the rocks house many species of bat, which are protected, so please take care and treat the crag with respect otherwise access could be limited or lost altogether.

Hopefully lots of climbers will come on the day to help with the litter pick and tidy-up, so we can help keep the area in good condition for people to enjoy for generations to come.

Our litter pick at Chudleigh Rocks (south side) takes place on Sunday, January 27 from 10am until 4pm. Please join us even if you just have an hour to spare, thank you.

For more information, please visit our store on Fore Street in Exeter, call 01392 410534 or message us via https://www.facebook.com/TauntonLeisure/ or https://twitter.com/tauntonleisure.

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