Clare’s Rock came crashing down

Clare’s rock is the major landmark of Home Wood, un-missable as it is right next to the footpath.

A safety survey of Clare’s rock had identified loose rocks which were in danger of breaking away and coming crashing onto the public footpath below.

Hence on 4th November 2014 contractors were employed is dislodge these rocks in a safe manner, and the resulting boulders can still be seen on the footpath and below where they landed.

Controlled rockfall on the path below Clare's Rock
Controlled rockfall on the path below Clare’s Rock

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Rock or Root?

In Cockles Wood there are some fantastic juxtapositions of rock and root, where the roots have grown so closely, sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which.

Raven’s Rock

High up on the Northern slopes of the lower part of Ashwick Grove is Raven’s Rock.  As it is set back, above the track, it is much less known than Clare’s Rock further up the valley. I climbed up to take photos and discovered the whole mossy slope below, it is actually a scree slope of large rocks all hidden by Ferns and Mosses.  It’s a hard climb, but the views at the top were worth it.

More details of climbs on the Crags of Ashwick Grove can be found on this link.   However note on this site they incorrectly name Clare’s Rock as Raven’s Rock