My 1999 edition of Lancashire Rock is a British Mountaineering Council rock climbing guide. It weighs 1.36kgs, half again as heavy as my tent, and six times bigger than my camera, which sort of contravenes the established concept of a slim volume that can be slipped in the pocket or rucksack to take to the crag. Having said that it has the best collection of rock climbing photos I have seen anywhere.
Back to the guide. When I looked at my own copy I found that I visited the crag on 30th April 2000 of which I had no recollection, and soloed two diffs. and one v. diff. (seems a lot of effort for those few minor conquests). I had arranged to meet the trio around midday at the crag and BC sent me directions from the newer edition:
"The crag is very difficult to find the first (or even the second and third) time...", then after more complicated instructions:
"Bear left and head through some scruffy scrub to find the crag skulking in some trees".
Whether or not I got lost is a secret, but there was no doubt that was expected judging from the guffaws as I happened upon these friends, not seeing them until I was within ten yards as I emerged from the jungle. At first I watched them do a couple of routes shrouded in the shade of that jungle when elsewhere less active people were sensibly enjoying one of the best sunny days of the year. Fortunately we moved on to another area which was a sheltered oasis of sunshine amongst the trees, where we spent a pleasant and convivial day.