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.
Monday 5th April 12pm to 6pm - Castle Garden Fete
Explore the Castle’s open garden and meet local projects and practitioners who will be hosting activities for everyone. Plus cob fired pizza and drinks on sale from the Castle's roundhouse from mid-afternoon.
Did you know that much of the garden has been built by volunteers? Want to get involved?
• Garden warm ups. Get a good warm up before you climb by ferrying wheelbarrows of material. We’ll give you tea and cake in exchange! • Weekend workdays. Learn new skills and meet new people. We’ll provide the training, equipment and lunch. • Garden volunteer programme. Mondays - Herbs. Thursdays - Fruit and Veg.
For more information, please take a look at our Garden page