The Session is a free social drop-in service offered to registered climbers at the Castle. Hosted by one of our experienced climbing staff you'll always be guaranteed a belay or bouldering partner for the evening. You might even meet some really nice people!
Monday-Friday, 7 to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 5pm
Wednesdays are specifically aimed at helping people boulder more confidently. The rest of the week’s sessions are usually focused on top-rope routes.
Please ask the receptionist to point out the evening’s facilitator when you arrive.
* We do not run The Session or WWA over Bank Holiday weekends.
Women With Altitude
WWA is a women only bouldering session held three times a month on Monday evenings from 7 to 9pm. This is a free service available to women of all abilities who are registered members of the Castle. It’s an informal and unstructured chance to boulder with other women.
Climbing with other women can improve your strengths, helping you to focus on problems specific to female climbers.
The WWA sessions is hosted by Sonia, an experienced female climber who is there to inspire confidence, be a central meeting point for everyone taking part, as well as to help with any climbing related queries that you may have. She is also there to encourage you to try new and different things.
Keep any eye our on our FB page for next months dates or check the poster on the Reception notice board next time you're in.
Please note: these sessions are not coaching and the facilitators will not provide instruction or give coaching tips. They are there to facilitate the meeting of like-minded people to climb together.
International Women's Day 2015
On Sunday 8th March, the Castle hosted two special climbing sessions for those who had never tried climbing before, in celebration of International Women's Day.
Two 1.5 hour sessions dedicated to those who would like to learn to climb,with the aim of getting women bouldering independently, a 'Taste of Bouldering' was ran by the Castle's very own Managing Director, Audrey Seguy. As three-times national champion and experienced all-round climber, Audrey is passionate about climbing and getting new people involved in the sport.
Both sessions were filled almost immediately and the day was a great success, enjoyed by all those who attended.
This is what Audrey had to say about the IWD celebrations: "Today I was reminded about why I love my job so much! I get so much satisfaction out of watching others fall in love with climbing and the enthusiasm was infectious. Everyone did brilliantly and by the end of the session were achieving things they never had before".
Following the success of the special International Women's Day sessions, in the near future we will be looking at hosting more sessions facilitated by experienced athletes - both in The Session and WWA.
To see more photo's of IWD please take a look at our gallery.