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Development Update: We're Renovating The Slabs!

The Slabs Castle Climbing Centre
They’re one of the favourite areas in the Castle, and a much-loved spot for top roping – absolutely nothing to do with its proximity to the Café’s famous brownies, of course…
But the time has come to give the Slabs a little love. This is one of the oldest sections of wall in the entire Castle, and an area this popular doesn’t last forever. 
After the last inspection we’ve decided the Slabs are due a bit of TLC, and so we’re taking advantage of the summer (our quietest time) to give them a facelift. 
The renovations will be taking place over the next six weeks. Slab fans will be pleased to learn that we won’t be redesigning the wall, or changing the style of climbing – your favourite spot will be back and ready for you again in early October. Until then, you’ll see the area cordoned off behind wooden boards
whilst we do the dirty work. Difficult though it is, we have to ask you to resist taking a peek whilst the work is carried out. 
Good news: the neighbouring Comp Wall (bouldering) and the Café lead area will remain open for climbing. 
Exciting things to come, watch this space… we’ll let you know once you’re able to be let loose on the brand new Slabs in October. 

Just The Facts:

  • The Slabs were closed for inspection earlier this month
  • Renovations started in August, including building works to the roof to cause minimal disruption
  • The Lead and Comp Wall areas are both still open for climbing 
  • Most of the work will take place weekday mornings before the centre opens to reduce the impact of the works
  • We expect the Slabs to reopen shiny and new in early October