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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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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

Monday 5th April
12pm to 6pm - Castle Garden Fete
Explore the Castle’s open garden and meet local projects and practitioners who will be hosting activities for everyone. Plus cob fired pizza and drinks on sale from the Castle's roundhouse from mid-afternoon.
 

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Garden Volunteers

Did you know that much of the garden has been built by volunteers? Want to get involved?

• Garden warm ups. Get a good warm up before you climb by ferrying wheelbarrows of material. We’ll give you tea and cake in exchange!
• Weekend workdays. Learn new skills and meet new people. We’ll provide the training, equipment and lunch.
• Garden volunteer programme. Mondays - Herbs. Thursdays - Fruit and Veg.

For more information, please take a look at our Garden page

Get in touch  garden@castle-climbing.co.uk or pop in the centre if you are interested.

 

 

 

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