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“I would like to thank you and your team for running a great climbing centre  and hope it will continue to run well. Looks like you need to expand!”
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All of our retired rope is reused, usually donated for non-climbing purposes by artists, schools and even a crocodile hunter!
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Who can climb here?

Who can climb at The Castle? Everyone!

Bouldering - You don’t need to be an experienced climber to enjoy the bouldering at The Castle. However, if you’re not experienced you’ll need to watch our Bouldering Safety Induction Video before you complete the Unsupervised Climber Registration Form. You can also book onto our Discover Bouldering course to learn how to boulder safely and make the most of the bouldering we offer. Please note that the Bouldering Only Registration will not allow you to use the roped climbing areas or supervise novice climbers. 

Top-rope and Lead Climbing - To do the roped climbing (top-roping and leading) unsupervised you must be able to put on a harness, tie in using a figure eight or bowline knot and belay someone safely using a belay device. If you don't know how to do this, you can come in with a friend as a Novice Climber. Your supervisor must be a registered Roped Climber at The Castle.  You can complete the Novice Supervision Form online - both you and the Supervisor must complete the same form.  You will only be able to climb under their supervision. Alternatively, book onto one of our Learn to Climb courses and you'll be handling the ropes in no time.

Abseiling- You can only use our Abseil Tower if you are supervised by an Instructor. If you'd like to have a go at abseiling, book onto a Taster Plus or contact us for a private booking.

All unsupervised climbers must read our Conditions of Use and Rules. Read the forms carefully because we'll quiz you to make sure you’ve read them when you register!

If you're under 18, please see the Youth and Kids Climbing page.


Castle Registration

Everyone wishing to climb in the centre must complete a registration form - either the Unsupervised Climber Registration or the Novice Supervision Form.  There is no charge for this.  You will need to complete a new form every three years to ensure that you have read our most up to date conditions of use and rules and that the details we hold for you are current.  See Admission and Membership for prices.
  • You may not top-rope or lead if you have a bouldering only registration.
  • You can upgrade to a roped climbing registration for free at any time.
 
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Novice supervision

Registered roped climbers may supervise up to two novice climbers. If you are supervising a minor you must have permission from their parent or guardian to supervise them. Novice climbers may not climb in the centre unless their supervisor is with them.
Climbers registered for bouldering only may not supervise other climbers (including minors).

Not from around here?

Climbers from abroad should be aware that we do not use in situ belay devices fixed to ground anchors. Top-ropes are provided on many of our routes but you are expected to be able to belay from your harness and provide your own belay device. You can hire non-locking belay devices, ground anchors, harnesses and climbing boots from The Castle Shop. Registration forms are also available in Spanish, French, German and Italian.
 
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What's On

Free film screening

with live film score from The Cabinet of Living Cinema

Saturday 25th October from 7pm in the Quarry

Pizzas served in the garden until 7pm

 

Watch the 1923 comedy Safety Last starring Harold Lloyd with live four live performers providing sound and music.

 

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The Session

The Session is a free social drop-in service offered to registered climbers
Monday-Friday 7 to 9pm
Saturday-Sunday 2 to 5pm

Women with Altitude
Women only bouldering session for registered climbers – held on the first Monday of each month from 7 to 9pm 

 

 

 

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