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You may not top-rope or lead if you have a bouldering only registration. You can upgrade to a roped climbing registration for free at any time.

 

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Bouldering

Bouldering is one of the fastest growing areas of the sport. It requires minimal equipment – just shoes and a chalkbag- and you don’t need to have a climbing partner. If you don’t top-rope or lead climb you can still register to climb at The Castle with our Bouldering Only Registration . If you're new to the sport and never bouldered, you will need to have an induction on your first visit to the wall. We also offer a Discover Bouldering course  which is suitable for novice climbers who want to get started or for more experienced top-rope/lead climbers who want to get the most out of their bouldering sessions.


Grades

We use the V-grading system with a few tweaks. The easiest graded blocs are 'VB' and then it goes V0, V1, V2, etc...

In addition to set problems in each area we also have 4 circuits that are set across all the bouldering areas:

Beginner: VB (white/red spots)
Easy: V0-V1 (green)
Intermediate: V1-V3 (grey)
Hard: V4-V6 (yellow)


Bouldering Area Setting Schedule

Bouldering Areas Reset Schedule

A copy of the current setting schedule is usually posted on the Bouldering Notice Board by the Catacomb.


100% quality assured

Led by chief setter Mike Langley our team tests every bloc for maximum fun and quality.  The Castle’s bouldering is generally accepted as some of the best in the UK. Why? We have eight massive bouldering areas and several traversing areas, the quickest turnover of blocs, a great variety of new climbing holds and plenty of celebrity setters.

If, however, you think we could improve please send your feedback to nowaythats5a@castle-climbing.co.uk


Competitions

Throughout the year we will host bouldering competitions- check our Events blog and Competitions page for more information.

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What's On

Big Wall Courses

with Andy Kirkpatrick
Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th May

If you’re planning a big wall adventure or interested in the techniques and systems involved in aiding and big wall climbing, this may be the course for you.

FREE Garden Events

Thursday 17th April
11am to 4pm - Family Easter Crafts Day
Join us for this free family craft day to explore our garden and turn your hands to some Easter creativity!
6pm to 8pm - An Evening of Foraging
From nettle beer to water mint ice cream, come and find out what is at your finger tips when it comes to eating in the outdoors with John Rensten.

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We're Filming!

Thurs 17th and Fri 18th April

The filming will take place in and around the centre's climbing areas, cafe, outdoor boulders and the garden. The primary use of the film and images will be for promotional use on the Castle Climbing website, associated social media and advertising campaigns.

If filming is going on in the vicinity of where you are and you do NOT consent to the use of your image being used for marketing purposes, please let the filmmakers know and they will not film you.

The Castle offers a commitment to only allow said pictures and film to be used appropriately and sensitively.

 

 

 

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