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Route Areas

Visit Explore the Floors for a map and pictures of our different route areas.

The Slabs (walls 0-10)

These were the original Castle walls, built by our CEO/Founder Steve Taylor. They might not be anything fancy, but they still get a crowd. Walls 0-2 are the tallest top rope lines in the centre. The door next to wall 3 is the access to our Abseil Tower. We used to have a window looking into the Tower from which we could run short abseils down the wall.


The Quarry

Built in 2005 by Crispin Waddy (Living Stone), we called it the Quarry because the clean, gray walls reminded us of the slate quarries in North Wales. Building this area was not as easy as it looks because we had to stack the three enormous diesel tanks that are protected by English Heritage. There are five tanks in total in the boiler house. Two of them are in the ‘tanks area’ which is visible through a window in the bike park stairs. The other three are behind the Quarry.


The Rockley Wall

Built in 1997, the Rockley wall is modelled on the sandstone walls of Kent- our nearest climbing area. Although we mostly use this area for easier routes, a great challenge is to try to climb as many of the featured only routes as possible. The two arêtes on either side are particular favourites!


The Stack

The left side of the stack (Zawn wall) was built in 2001. The right side (the Fang wall) was built in 2003). Later we added three cracks: the Lemon (based on the Peapod at Curbar edge in the Peak District), crack inserts on wall xx and a hand crack on wall xx. Though the routes are shorter than our walls upstairs, they’re usually fiendishly tricky and pack in a punch! The slab on lines 59 and 60 are ideal places to take beginners and to teach lead climbing.


The Lead Area (walls 12-28)

The lead area has also seen many changes over the year. It used to be the home of our infamous twin roof cracks that were reported to have been climbed in gardening gloves by Niall Grimes (now of BMC guidebook fame). These were replaced by the pillar in 2008. Walls 12-16 were featured top-rope panels that were redeveloped into a cutting edge lead area in 2013. Future plans include the re-design of the remaining walls (19-28) to keep up the high standards set!
 

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Big Wall Courses

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.

FREE Garden Events

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.

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We're Filming!

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.

The Castle offers a commitment to only allow said pictures and film to be used appropriately and sensitively.

 

 

 

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