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Many people use their climbing sessions as a way to keep fit or to train to reach their climbing goals.  The Castle offers dedicated training facilities to help you achieve your objectives, whatever they are. You can read climbing training tips on our Training Blog.

Training facilities

The Gym – Perched above The Cave, climbers can use the gym to warm up, rehabilitate injuries, do complementary strength training and improve their aerobic training. The gym has the following equipment:

  • Exercise bike
  • Concept 2 rowing machines
  • Vertical Knee Raise / Pull up / Dip station
  • Free weights (dumbbells, straight and combo bar)
  • Squat Stand and Bench press

Campus Board- The campus board is one of the most widely used (and mis-used) training aids in the climbing world. Climbers ascend and/or descend wooden rungs using only their hands as a way to develop finger and arm strength. The campus board was developed by the legendary Wolfgang Gullich in 1988 as a way to train specifically for his project, Action Directe (which was the hardest route in the world at the time). The campus board replicates a move required to do the route and is named such because it was hung at a university gym called the Campus Centre. The term ‘campus’ now refers to footless climbing. The Castle has three different sized wooden rungs as well as climbing holds.

Fingerboards- We’ve got a fingerboard for every taste! Our current selection of fingery fun includes:
2 x moon board
2 x simulators (metolius)
2 x beastmaker (1000 series)
1 x beastmaker (2000 series)
1 x karma board

Rock rings- For something a bit more specific than a pull up bar try our Rock Rings, located next to the Campus Board.

Pull Up Bar- If you don’t need anything too fancy, we’ve got a plain vanilla pull up bar located in the stretching area next to the Catacomb.


A private coaching session is a great way to assess your strengths and weaknesses, develop your technique and build a training programme.  Our coaches can work with you as a one-off or over a longer period of time to help you reach your goals whatever they may be.

Private coaching starts at £44/hr for one person and can be booked at Reception ( , 020 8211 1066).

A number of professional climbers also offer one-to-one and group coaching sessions at The Castle.

Personal Training

For personalised strength and conditioning, try a personal training session with one of our Castle Associates.


Training links


Training and Skills blog

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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.


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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