Welcome to the Lancashire Rock Guidebook Online.
This web site now contains an electronic replica
of Lancashire Rock including new routes done since
the publication of Lancashire Rock in 1999 together
with a few minor improvements to descriptions
and grades. Please note however that the new routes
are not yet marked on the diagrams.
The system is a BETA version and is still to some
extent being tested. We recognise that there may
the odd bug in the system and there are certainly
a few features that we wish to improve namely;
the smooth transition between routes and buttresses
and the introduction of better photo-diagrams.
guide is split into the same areas as per Lancashire
Rock and for each crag we have included a brief
summary of the History as well as the approach
and access details. Where there are no access
details or the details are out of date please
check the latest situation via the link to NWClimbing
in the left-hand menu.
Most grades are displayed in the same format to
Lancashire Rock ie as traditional grades however
some of the bouldering and sport routes now display
the V rating or the French grades. We will soon
be asking for your feedback on this aspect prior
to revising the printed guide.
The system is completely free to use and is currently
funded by the necessary advertising. The payment
options displayed are not currently required but
will soon be activated for the purpose of downloading
printable PDF's. Revenue from such payments will
go towards publishing anew definitive guide and/or
support the Access and Conservation Fund.
guidebook is not intended to replace the definitive
printed guidebook but to complement it and the
North West Area of the BMC will soon be releasing
details for a new series of smaller definitive
guides to replace Lancashire Rock when it is expected
to run out of print later this year.
Copyright: The copyright in the guidebook
online system (ie all computer programs and software)
is owned by Sportgo Ltd and the copyright in the
database of routes, descriptions, grades and first
ascents remains the ownership of Lancashire Rock
ie the team of guidebook authors and contributors
who remain committed to the publication of a definitive
source of guidebooks for the area.
Printable PDF: We will also soon be offering
the feature to download, save and print PDF copies
of all guides contained within the guide at a
small charge. This feature will be up and running
as soon as we have better photo-diagrams available.
The charge for the associated service will be
taken electronically via secure WorldPay or PayPal
services. An explanation as to how these work
will be provided when they are required.
Electronic Licence: This guidebook online
system is available to clubs and other voluntary
organisations who may wish to publish a guidebook
online. For more details on this please contact
Carl Spencer using our contact form
This feature will be available soon at a small
charge pending the completion of a series of new
photo-diagrams for the area. Once live this system
will allow the user to download, save and print
a PDF guide to their chosen crag together with
all updated information relating to new routes
etc. The charge associated with this service will
be taken electronically via secure WorldPay or
PayPal services and will support the production
of future definitive guides.