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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.

Training facilities

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:

  • Exercise bike
  • 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.

Private coaching starts at £44/hr for one person and can be booked at Reception ( , 020 8211 1066).

A number of professional climbers also offer one-to-one and group coaching sessions at The Castle.

Personal Training

For personalised strength and conditioning, try a personal training session with one of our Castle Associates.


Training links


Training and Skills blog

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What's On

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

Monday 5th April
12pm to 6pm - Castle Garden Fete
Explore the Castle’s open garden and meet local projects and practitioners who will be hosting activities for everyone. Plus cob fired pizza and drinks on sale from the Castle's roundhouse from mid-afternoon.


Garden Volunteers

Did you know that much of the garden has been built by volunteers? Want to get involved?

• Garden warm ups. Get a good warm up before you climb by ferrying wheelbarrows of material. We’ll give you tea and cake in exchange!
• Weekend workdays. Learn new skills and meet new people. We’ll provide the training, equipment and lunch.
• Garden volunteer programme. Mondays - Herbs. Thursdays - Fruit and Veg.

For more information, please take a look at our Garden page

Get in touch or pop in the centre if you are interested.




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