The Castle runs a range of climbing sessions for schools and youth groups. These include:
Weekly after-school climbing club
NICAS, the National climbing award scheme
Term-long course with an assessment
Frequently asked questions:
How many children can I bring? We can accommodate groups of up to 30 climbers.
How long do the sessions last? This depends on the group. We recommend a minimum of 1.5 hours for groups of 7 or more (minimum 1 hour for groups of 6 or less). We recommend a maximum of 3 hours for all groups.
What is the student to instructor ratio? We work with a maximum ratio of 6 students per instructor. For groups with special needs we may recommend a smaller ratio.
What happens in a session? All sessions include bouldering and top-roping. We can also offer an exciting abseil down the inside of one of our towers. If you’d like the abseil to be included in your session, please specify this when you contact us.
How much does it cost? Please contact our Head Instructor for prices as it will depend on group size, amount of time and level of supervision required.
What is included in the cost? We will provide rock climbing shoes, harnesses and helmets for each climber. The instructor will provide additional safety equipment.
Are you insured? Yes, we have public liability insurance for up to £5m. A copy of our certificate of liability cover is available on request.
Do you have risk assessments? Of course! We’re happy to send you a copy of the relevant risk assessments – just ask.
I’m an instructor and would like to bring in my own group? Please read our information on Bringing a Group.
What else can groups do at The Castle?
We can also organise workshops in our organic garden and talks on sustainability.
Catering is available from The Castle Café, featuring homemade food and produce grown in our organic garden.
Bringing a Group
Brit Rock film tour
Saturday 4th October - Brit Rock comes right from the heart of the UK adventure scene, with liberal splashes of the inimitable British spirit.
Screening: 7.30pm Tickets: £10 BOOK NOWWatch Trailer
Summer Garden Events Series
Join us in the Castle for a lively programme of workshops, learn new skills and explore your local environment. Learn from the experts: get crafty with green wood, learn to forage, grow grapes & make wine or understand the humble honeybee.
Climbing in the Lake District
Climbing & Yoga Retreat Morning & Evening Yoga; Daytime Climbing
Professional climbing and yoga instruction.