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|Description ||NY3140 0582. Great carvings with one of the best views in the country.|
|Although I have nothing against the sport of Bouldering or climbing in general (as I have had a go myself), there is a bit of a problem with some of the sites used by climbers. A fine example is Chapel Stile (also known as Copt Howe) which has brilliant examples of Neolithic Rock Art pecked into the surfaces used on a regular basis for bouldering. The cup marks in particular are being used as hand and foot holds and seem to be growing larger with wear and the use of chalk. When I have been at the site I have chatted with visiting climbers about the Rock Art and the potential of causing damage. Some were interested and felt some respect for what had been carved there thousands of years ago, others on the other hand clearly couldn't give a monkeys! The Chapel Stile Rock Art panels were potentially a significant point on the route up to the Langdale Pikes for the Neolithic peoples that mined the axe rough outs, which were then polished and traded widely throughout Britain. The Chapel Stile panels depict cup marks, spirals, circles parallel lines and other motifs and dot patterns. Not wanting to alienate climbers, but perhaps bouldering could be done nearby without causing damage to important sites like this one.|
|Dave Parker |
|Its very sad to know that some climbers have no respect for these ancient and precious examples of rock art. As a climber myself who spent many years enjoying the Langdale crags it is particularly depressing. I hope a change in attitude can be brought about - perhaps a debate needs to be opened up in the climbing press. |
|It seems that the BMC have been discussing the issue and there is a voluntary ban amongst boulderers, not to climb the rock face with the most Rock Art. There is some discussion also about the possibility of a sign at the entrance to the site from the road, to explain the importance of the art and the need for respect.An article has also been posted on the 24 hour museum website: www.24hourmuseum.org.uk|
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