The British Mountaineering Council is the national representative and governing body for climbers, hillwalkers and mountaineers. The BMC works hard to ensure that our access rights are protected and that our climbing environment is protected. They also organise national competitions, seminars and climbing meets in addition to compiling guidebooks for a number of areas. The BMC relies heavily on a network of volunteers. You can get involved by joining the BMC and attending a local area group meeting. The BMC’s website has a wealth of information about climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering.
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There are several types of outdoor climbing:
Bouldering - Like indoor bouldering, you climb without ropes on shorter crags or boulders. Climbers bring their own bouldering mats to protect their landings. Boulders (also called blocs) are graded using either V-grades or Font grades (link).
Trad climbing – ‘Traditional’ climbing where the lead climber places their own protection in the rock. The second follows up removing the gear thus leaving no trace of the climbers’ passage. Traditional climbing uses the English grading system. (link)
Sport climbing – In this style of climbing, protection points (bolts with hangers) have been glued into the rock. Sport climbing uses the French grading system (link).
During the spring and summer The Castle runs one day and weekend bouldering and top-rope days out in The Peak District National Park (South Yorkshire) and on Southern Sandstone (Kent). We run these courses with a small student to instructor ratio so that you get the most out of your trip. Check our course page for more information or sign up for updates to find out when the next course is running.
Traditionally in the UK many climbers join clubs to learn to climb, share use of huts and meet climbing partners. There are many local, national and university clubs, many of which welcome novice climbers. The Castle has a designated notice board by the Featured Wall for clubs to advertise.
In the run up to the Castle’s Arctic themed Christmas party being held on Saturday 14th December, we’re holding a raffle, with some great prizes on offer to the lucky winners. To stand a chance to win one of the following prizes all you have to do is part with £2 and buy a raffle ticket.
The raffle is being held in aid of Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign. To find out more please take a look at our blog
Christmas Opening Hours
Tue 24 Dec 10pm - 6pm
Wed 25 Dec Closed
Thu 26 Dec Closed
Fri 27 Dec 10am - 10pm
Sat 28 Dec 10am - 7pm
Sun 29 Dec 10am - 7pm
Mon 30 Dec 10am - 10pm
Tue 31 Dec 10am - 6pm
Wed 01 Jan 10am - 6pm Thu 02 Jan Normal Opening Hrs
No Session running between Tues 24th Dec and Wed 1st Jan. The Session will run as normal from Thurs 2nd Jan.
The first 2014 Women with Altitude bouldering session will run on Mon 6th Jan.