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With over 450 routes in the centre and at least 80 changing each month, you won’t get bored at The Castle! Routes are set by our team of in-house setters led by Chief Setter Mike Langley and guest setters including Steve McClure and Gaz Parry.
We offer both top-roping (where the rope is already in place through anchors at the top of the wall) and lead climbing (where you must clip the rope in through running belays as you climb). In order to lead climb you will need to bring your own rope. If you know how to top-rope and would like to learn how to lead climb, you can book a Learn to Lead course with us.
All our routes are graded using the French grading system and are easily identifiable on each wall. We have a range of routes at all times from grade 4 up to 8a.
We regularly host a number of national and regional competitions including the BMC’s Youth Climbing Series and the BMC’s Leading Ladder. See our events blog or sign up for updates to get the latest news.
The Castle also has a TruBlue Autobelay system (currently residing on line 55 on the Rockley Wall). The TruBlue autobelay system may only be used by registered climbers.
Has your climbing partner let you down? Are you looking for new people to climb routes with?
Join The Session which runs every weekday evening from 7 to 9.30 pm and weekends from 3 to 6pm.
In the run up to the Castle’s Arctic themed Christmas party being held on Saturday 14th December, we’re holding a raffle, with some great prizes on offer to the lucky winners. To stand a chance to win one of the following prizes all you have to do is part with £2 and buy a raffle ticket.
The raffle is being held in aid of Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign. To find out more please take a look at our blog
Christmas Opening Hours
Tue 24 Dec 10pm - 6pm
Wed 25 Dec Closed
Thu 26 Dec Closed
Fri 27 Dec 10am - 10pm
Sat 28 Dec 10am - 7pm
Sun 29 Dec 10am - 7pm
Mon 30 Dec 10am - 10pm
Tue 31 Dec 10am - 6pm
Wed 01 Jan 10am - 6pm Thu 02 Jan Normal Opening Hrs
No Session running between Tues 24th Dec and Wed 1st Jan. The Session will run as normal from Thurs 2nd Jan.
The first 2014 Women with Altitude bouldering session will run on Mon 6th Jan.