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The Castle Shop is looking for enthusiastic, gear-obsessed climbers, with experience in retail, to help explain and sell our kit and caboodle. If you

  • can use your previous retail experience to provide a friendly and efficient service for our customers;
  • offer accurate help and advice on equipment;
  • are a demon at replenishing stock;
  • have experience cash handling in a retail environment;
  • can administer our rental equipment with a friendly smile;
  • are able to work approx 30 hours per week

Then we’d like to hear from you!

Friday 26th July

Mosonmagyaróvár- Budapest:  Distance: 175km

Hello all,

So we made it! We have spent a couple of days partying in Ozd, where Zoltan is from. I am now back in Budapest for the night and taking the opportunity to finish off the blog before I fly home tomorrow.

Here's the story of our last day.

We woke up to rain, the first of the trip. It was only drizzling really but it was a welcome relief to the heat of the previous days.

Tuesday 23rd July

Linz – Krems: Distance: 170km

After the disastrous day we had yesterday we treated ourselves to a luxurious lie in until 7am this morning. I had to shoot off back to Linz to get my wonky wheel fixed whilst Zoltan took the time to chill a bit and chat with an Australian family who had been cycling for nine months with four kids. The Father was carrying three kids and packs weighing over 150kg, putting our own trip into perspective. Respect!

Monday 22nd July

Deggendorf – Linz: Distance: 167km

We’re calling this day Two Wobbly Wheels and One Flat Tyre

Castle Comp Squad and British Team member Jim Pope had his best international result to date with a fantastic 9th place overall at the European Youth Championships in Imst, Austria last weekend. Jim qualified for the finals in 9th place (10 make it to the finals) against a very tough field in the Male Youth B category. He maintained his rank coming 9th in the finals as well. This was his first (of hopefully many!) international finals.

The Castle is looking for an energetic, creative & self-motivated person to join the team as Café Manager.

If you want to find out more about The Castle's journey to becoming a more sustainable business, you might want to look through our archived Sustainable Castle blog. This dates back to when we first embarked on the project in 2008. I've copied over all the entries from 2012 onwards, but some gems that haven't been transfered to this new blog (yet) are:

We are hosting a number of FREE workshops with our garden experts this summer. These are on Friday afternoons from 12pm to 1pm and are open to everyone. Please email garden@castle-climbing.co.uk if you will be attending. Why not make a day of it and stick around to volunteer in the garden and learn some new skills?

Friday 19th July

Weidersbrunn- Wurzburg: Distance: 60km

This day turned out to be a bit of a bummer (again), and seemingly the low point  of the trip.

My fantastic navigation this time took us up into another forest and this time we lost any sign of a trail. In the process my long suffering bike/ girlfriend for the trip (Geraldine) decided to break a spoke and bend a wheel. Limping into Wurzburg we wasted a lot of time getting the wheel trued.

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