Indoor climbing already? All you have to do is register as a competent climber before you can use Boulders. Once registered you’ll be able to use the centre’s indoor climbing walls on a pay as you go basis and you’ll then be able to sign-in and supervise up to two novices at a time. Check out information on our GOLD Membership to see how we can save you money.
For more information about what you need to know to register as a competent climber, see our climbing terms and conditions.
If you haven’t climbed before, or aren’t sure what to do, check out our Go Climbing page.
You can also have a walk though the centre below.
|U7s||£4.20 off peak, £4.50 peak|
|Supervision to belay only||Free|
We have over 120 lines of indoor climbing, covering over 2,000 square meters of climbing surface and reaching heights of 12m. We try to ensure there are at least 3 routes per line on every line, so at capacity our maximum number of routes will exceed 360.
We use a colour coding system, put together with colour blind awareness advice that ensures as many routes as possible are distinguishable.
We like to keep mixing it up too, with constant route setting, that aims to have at least 50 new routes up per month.
We have a dedicated top roping area with lots of lower end grades which even has a large heater to keep you toasty during the cold winter months.
To keep things interesting, we have a liberal spread of volumes strategically placed all over the walls. We move these around regularly to help change the dynamics of the lines and make for more interesting routes. All our routes and boulder problems include any volume or arête you can get your foot or hand on. This makes routes much easier to understand and creates some pretty interesting sequences.
Occasionally, our large swinging volumes will come out and we’ll set some nasty endurance-fest through the arches and we even have the odd dry tooling session!
We have a large dedicated indoor climbing bouldering area, that when fully set boasts close to 100 problems from easy to V9 and above.
The area is made up of three main areas:
- The slab, vertical wall and 5 degree over hang
- The 20, 35 and 45 degree overhanging walls
- The cave
All of which go to an intimidating 4 ½ m high.
We try to keep it simple. Easy to find starting holds and simple to follow routes, and yes all volumes are ‘in’. Once you leave the floor any hold, in your chosen colour, or volume you can reach can be used to pull on, push against, body smear, jam, foot drag or whatever other crazy technique you might want to invent to get you to the top of the problem. Getting to the top means holding the last hold under control with two hands!
We’ve adopted the Fontainebleau grading system and have set out the bouldering into colour coded circuits that get progressively harder from 1 – 10. At any one time there’ll also be about an additoinal 30 problems on the walls from the various competitions we run.
Have fun falling off!
Top Rope Bay
We have a dedicated top roping indoor climbing area with lots of lower end grades which even has a large heater to keep you toasty during the cold winter months.
On one side there are plenty of slab lines with big holds, perfect for those bringing groups or those looking to introduce friends to the sport. Opposite there’s a flat wall with a stepped roof around mid height, great for introducing the idea of climbing on steeper ground. We’ll even set the odd test piece in this area so don’t expect it all to be easy!
Our indoor climbing training area has been designed to get you stronger. Use it to isolate and train different weaknesses that might be holding your climbing back. Its great for those lonely sessions or using as part of a more comprehensive training program.
Training Board – Similar in concept to the original “Woody” training walls, our training board is just a massive wall of rubbish holds. Make your own problems up and set long term projects, this is a wall for the serious climber, wanting to get seriously strong. If you’re using this look after those tendons!
Endurance wall – Develop your anaerobic endurance and stamina linking together 60+ moves in one circuits. There are always 2 circuits to chose from, (one easy one hard) both get progressively harder with plenty of ways to link loops between the two. It is an excellent training tool to improve your overall climbing fitness for sports, boulderers and trad climbers alike.
Campus board – Designed to improve explosive power and contract strength in the fingers and arms. A good supplement to a work out once you have gained a solid foundation of straight through bouldering and routes. We recommend you should be pretty comfortable on at least 6B before you get serious on the Campus baord.
Systems Board – Isolate a particular grip or body position and train it in a systematic way to allow symmetrical gains on both hands. Design a work out to improve contact strength, lock-off strength, wrist strength, finger strength, and core stability. The walls here can provide an excellent workout for any number of primary climbing muscles; such as the shoulders by performing a shoulder presses, or biceps by emphasising the deep lock-off on undercuts.
Finger boards – What training area would be complete without a legendary ‘beastmaker’ finger board? We have both sizes, plus the enormous Fender from Beacon, as well as both open and closed hand pull up bars.
Rock & Gym Rings – Rock and gymnastic rings are ideal for training body tension and core strength as well as contact strength and general upper body strength. Thier suspension allows them to move freely thus relieving the stress on your joints and reducing your susceptibility to injury.
There’s not a lot to say about the traverse wall – it is what it is! 35m long and covered in holds, it’s great for practising technique warming up and down or getting some serious low intensity endurance under your belt.
At any one time there will be a number of coloured routes on the wall. Try these as a route in themselves or disregard the colours and use the wall to get limbered making up your own route as you climb. There will always be plenty of big holds, use these early on in your warm up to get the blood flowing to the tendons in your fingers before you start your indoor climbing training session.
Climbing skills area
The Skills area has been set up to help indoor climbing instructors teach groups skills, but there’s no reason why you can’t use it to introduce your friends to indoor climbing or even the wider world of outdoor sport climbing.
In it you’ll find examples of different handholds including things like finger locks and fist jams that you can test out for yourself. There are examples of equipment used for sport climbing indoors and an introduction to some of the equipment used to sport climb outside.
There are a few setups that allow you to practice outdoor skills before going outside. Learn and practise stripping a sport climbing belay from ground level and then at head height to gain confidence before going outside.
You are able to practice lead climbing indoors with the safety of a top rope attached on our specially equipped lines that have two lower off’s at the top. Before removing the top rope demonstrate things like back clipping and z clipping in total safety and practice how you deal with the issues.
There’s even a static line in place to practice setting up a self protected Absail at ground level and the with more confidence from a ledge at shoulder height to add a dimension of realism.