Many people use their climbing sessions as a way to keep fit or to train to reach their climbing goals. The Castle offers dedicated training facilities to help you achieve your objectives, whatever they are. You can read climbing training tips on our Training Blog.
The Gym – Perched above The Cave, climbers can use the gym to warm up, rehabilitate injuries, do complementary strength training and improve their aerobic training. The gym has the following equipment:
Concept 2 rowing machines
Vertical Knee Raise / Pull up / Dip station
Free weights (dumbbells, straight and combo bar)
Squat Stand and Bench press
Campus Board- The campus board is one of the most widely used (and mis-used) training aids in the climbing world. Climbers ascend and/or descend wooden rungs using only their hands as a way to develop finger and arm strength. The campus board was developed by the legendary Wolfgang Gullich in 1988 as a way to train specifically for his project, Action Directe (which was the hardest route in the world at the time). The campus board replicates a move required to do the route and is named such because it was hung at a university gym called the Campus Centre. The term ‘campus’ now refers to footless climbing. The Castle has three different sized wooden rungs as well as climbing holds.
Fingerboards- We’ve got a fingerboard for every taste! Our current selection of fingery fun includes:
2 x moon board
2 x simulators (metolius)
2 x beastmaker (1000 series)
1 x beastmaker (2000 series)
1 x karma board
Rock rings- For something a bit more specific than a pull up bar try our Rock Rings, located next to the Campus Board.
Pull Up Bar- If you don’t need anything too fancy, we’ve got a plain vanilla pull up bar located in the stretching area next to the Catacomb.
A private coaching session is a great way to assess your strengths and weaknesses, develop your technique and build a training programme. Our coaches can work with you as a one-off or over a longer period of time to help you reach your goals whatever they may be.
Raffle tickets are still available from Reception and the winners will be announced at the party.
The raffle is being held in aid of Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign. To find out more please take a look at our blog
Christmas Opening Hours
Tue 24 Dec 10pm - 6pm
Wed 25 Dec Closed
Thu 26 Dec Closed
Fri 27 Dec 10am - 10pm
Sat 28 Dec 10am - 7pm
Sun 29 Dec 10am - 7pm
Mon 30 Dec 10am - 10pm
Tue 31 Dec 10am - 6pm
Wed 01 Jan 10am - 6pm Thu 02 Jan Normal Opening Hrs
No Session running between Tues 24th Dec and Wed 1st Jan. The Session will run as normal from Thurs 2nd Jan.
The first 2014 Women with Altitude bouldering session will run on Mon 6th Jan.