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Our friends over at the Association of British Climbing Walls (the ABC) commissioned the world-leading research team in De Montfort University to undertake a study of the COVID-19 and how chalk might deactivate virus on climbing holds.

The full report is due out in August. This is just one report, without peer review as yet, but we're psyched to see where this emerging area of research takes us.

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Following the government advice on leisure activities, specifically that “more outside spaces will open if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms and playgrounds” we are really pleased to say that, after some careful planning, we’re able to reopen our outdoor boulders. We consider the boulders an outdoor playground – don't you?
We’ve got extra security measures in place to keep the area safe for everyone, so please read on to find out everything you need to know before you return to the Castle. 

Last week, the Castle made a statement in open support of the Black Lives Matter movement on our Instagram page.

**Last updated 16/03/20**


As you’ve probably seen on the news, the outbreak of Coronavirus has reached the UK. We are asking all our customers to please be particularly mindful of hygiene when you're at the centre.

We get a huge range of climbers here, and we have to assume that some will be from the higher risk categories who have weakened immune systems. We really appreciate your help and support in keeping the centre and everyone here safe and well.

Trainee Scheme

This season our Garden is looking for two volunteer trainees:

  • Monday: Herb trainee

  • Thursday: Kitchen garden trainee


Work with the Castle garden team, learn to manage a productive and fun food growing project and grow vegetables, fruit and herbs for a commercial kitchen and café.

About the traineeship:

The Castle are looking for an experienced Salaried Climbing Instructor to join the team here. This role will be guaranteed 15 hours per week, with extra hours available at our hourly rate. 

Trial Nights Begin: Wednesday 30th October and Friday 1st November, and subsequent Wednesdays and Fridays for a few months. 
The Castle is delighted to announce that we’ve been granted our alcohol licence!
This month we’ll start selling alcohol in the Café. Now, once you’ve finished climbing, you’ll be able to relax with a celebratory (or consolatory!) beer or cider with your friends. 

"From daring to wear trousers in the mountains to knocking on 9a, the story of British female climbers is one of rebels and disrupters, trailblazers and game-changers. And now the stories of these women who rock are headed off on tour and may be coming to a climbing centre near you!"

Buying climbing shoes is always a bit of a mission. ‘Are they too tight?’, ‘Will they stretch?’, ‘What will they feel like on the wall?’ are some of the many questions that pop into our head as we slip our foot into an unknown territory.
Whether you are a first time buyer or a climbing veteran, buying a new climbing shoe comes with a degree of uncertainty. Unlike your street shoe size, different brands have different sizing, and different models within these brands also have different sizing. Phew! The task ahead is to find a shoe that not only fits, but that also performs.