The ground floor is the pumping station's original boiler house and still houses five diesel tanks behind and underneath various walls. There’s something for everyone here with a mix of top ropes, lead lines and bouldering, ranging from the gentle and easy to the rock-hard.
The Castle Shop located across from Reception has the biggest range of climbing shoes in the South East and a great selection of clothes from top climbing brands like prAna, Blurr, Patagonia and Moon. They also show the latest climbing DVDs so it’s a nice place to hang out in between problems.
Going through the back door you’ll find yourself in a different place – our organic garden is a lovely place to relax after an afternoon's climbing session. Based on permaculture principles, our objectives are to grow food for our café, create a wildlife habitat and act as an educational resource for the community. You can get involved and learn about permaculture and growing your own food through our weekly volunteer days and monthly gardening events.
Follow the path around the garden or take the stairs down from Floor 2 (Engine House) and find yourself in the Boulder Field. The Castle's beloved feature wall is resurrected, nestled between two impressive, towering sandstone style boulders. On a crisp, cold, sunny winters day, if you squint slightly, you could almost believe you're out on the grit, enjoying the great friction. Sunny summer days no longer need to be spent climbing indoors - with 6 coloured circuits changed regularly and the featured wall to master, you can while away many enjoyable summer evenings out in the garden.
with Andy Kirkpatrick Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th May
If you’re planning a big wall adventure or interested in the techniques and systems involved in aiding and big wall climbing, this may be the course for you.
Thursday 17th April 11am to 4pm - Family Easter Crafts Day
Join us for this free family craft day to explore our garden and turn your hands to some Easter creativity! 6pm to 8pm - An Evening of Foraging
From nettle beer to water mint ice cream, come and find out what is at your finger tips when it comes to eating in the outdoors with John Rensten.
Thurs 17th and Fri 18th April
The filming will take place in and around the centre's climbing areas, cafe, outdoor boulders and the garden. The primary use of the film and images will be for promotional use on the Castle Climbing website, associated social media and advertising campaigns.
If filming is going on in the vicinity of where you are and you do NOT consent to the use of your image being used for marketing purposes, please let the filmmakers know and they will not film you.
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