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With over 450 routes in the centre and at least 80 changing each month, you won’t get bored at The Castle! Routes are set by our team of in-house setters led by Chief Setter Mike Langley and guest setters including Steve McClure and Gaz Parry.
We offer both top-roping (where the rope is already in place through anchors at the top of the wall) and lead climbing (where you must clip the rope in through running belays as you climb). In order to lead climb you will need to bring your own rope. If you know how to top-rope and would like to learn how to lead climb, you can book a Learn to Lead course with us.
All our routes are graded using the French grading system and are easily identifiable on each wall. We have a range of routes at all times from grade 4 up to 8a.
We regularly host a number of national and regional competitions including the BMC’s Youth Climbing Series and the BMC’s Leading Ladder. See our events blog or sign up for updates to get the latest news.
The Castle also has a TruBlue Autobelay system (currently residing on line 55 on the Rockley Wall). The TruBlue autobelay system may only be used by registered climbers.
Has your climbing partner let you down? Are you looking for new people to climb routes with?
Join The Session which runs every weekday evening from 7 to 9.30 pm and weekends from 3 to 6pm.
A three event climbing and bouldering competition series. While the events have a fun, festival atmosphere to them and are suitable for beginners, they are also essential for selection onto the British Team.
Saturday 29th March - BMC YCS - London & SE: Round 3
The BMC Youth Climbing Series offers fun climbing competitions for young people from 7 to 17. Extremely popular, these comps are suitable for you, whether you're new to climbing, or already have some experience.
New Year Deals on Courses & Gear!
Discounts for Bouldering Only members & those new to the sport on Introductory Climbing Courses - from 6th January to 28th February 2014.
Duty Managers Wanted
The Castle is looking for enthusiastic, flexible people to join our Duty Managing team. Duty Managers have responsibility for the operation of the centre during opening hours and act as the designated First Aider when the centre is open. They provide a reference point for all the day’s activities for both staff and customers; they ensure that safety procedures are followed and they provide a friendly, efficient service for our customers while supporting the staff in the centre working in their specialist roles.