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.
Sunday 10th August: 3pm-7pm - Wood fired pizza's; bar; music including an open mic session. We'd love to see you all there, and please bring instruments and singing voices!
Summer Garden Events Series
Join us in the Castle for a lively programme of workshops, learn new skills and explore your local environment. Learn from the experts: get crafty with green wood, learn to forage, grow grapes & make wine or understand the humble honeybee.
Climbing in the Lake District
Summer Mountain Adventure
Wild Camping; Rock Climbing; Ghyll Scrambling
Five days & nights for 2 people. Professional guiding and instruction.
Climbing & Yoga Retreat
Morning & Evening Yoga; Daytime Climbing
Professional climbing and yoga instruction.