The ground floor is the pumping station's original boiler house and still houses five diesel tanks behind and underneath various walls. There’s something for everyone here with a mix of top ropes, lead lines and bouldering, ranging from the gentle and easy to the rock-hard.
The Castle Shop located across from Reception has the biggest range of climbing shoes in the South East and a great selection of clothes from top climbing brands like prAna, Blurr, Patagonia and Moon. They also show the latest climbing DVDs so it’s a nice place to hang out in between problems.
Going through the back door you’ll find yourself in a different place – our organic garden is a lovely place to relax after an afternoon's climbing session. Based on permaculture principles, our objectives are to grow food for our café, create a wildlife habitat and act as an educational resource for the community. You can get involved and learn about permaculture and growing your own food through our weekly volunteer days and monthly gardening events.
Follow the path around the garden or take the stairs down from Floor 2 (Engine House) and find yourself in the Boulder Field. The Castle's beloved feature wall is resurrected, nestled between two impressive, towering sandstone style boulders. On a crisp, cold, sunny winters day, if you squint slightly, you could almost believe you're out on the grit, enjoying the great friction. Sunny summer days no longer need to be spent climbing indoors - with 6 coloured circuits changed regularly and the featured wall to master, you can while away many enjoyable summer evenings out in the garden.
Saturday 19th September
The Castle's 'Off-Grid' pop-up cafe here in the garden, celebrating Urban Food Fortnight; promoting local produce being grown, produced and cooked right on our doorstep.