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Climbing is suitable for all ages and abilities; it provides a low impact workout at a level specific to you. It’s also great for relieving stress as climbing requires you to focus your mind on your body movements and the route on which you are climbing.  It helps to keep you in shape, distract you from the pressures of everyday life and you can have fun whilst you’re doing it! If you have never tried climbing before just book onto one of our Taster Sessions or Introduction To Climbing Courses.











Fancy having a go at rock climbing? Not really sure where to start? Or looking for a fun activity to enjoy with family and friends?

Our 1 hour or 1.5 hour taster sessions are a great way to experience indoor rock climbing with the aid of one of our enthusiastic instructors. Each session is tailor made to your requirement’s and will introduce you to the world of indoor rock climbing! These sessions are open to anyone aged 5+ and all equipment is provided.

Great for friends, families, youth groups, social groups, works parties.

What is the next step?

  • NICAS Program

  • Adult Introduction to Climbing Course

  • Progressive Taster Session Course to suit your group








So you’d like to try indoor climbing and are not sure about how to get started. What equipment do I need? Should I join a club or get on a climbing taster session?

Taster sessions are great to give you a feel about whether climbing is for you - if you decide it is then the next step is to take our Introduction to Climbing Course.

Rock climbing is not only a great for your muscles it increases your strength, endurance and will improve your general fitness but it’s also a lot of fun! Rock climbing, even indoors, is exciting, will take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you in a way very few other sports can. It’s also a great way to meet people and is a much more sociable way of exercising than a lonely trip to the gym.

Is it safe?

Although rock climbing can be a risky activity when done incorrectly, with good instruction and the proper equipment, it can be a safe, enjoyable sport for adults and kids alike. As the BMC say: “The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.”

Our course runs for 6 hours and usually this is split into four one and a half hour sessions over four days. Normally we would suggest that this is done over four weeks. However we do understand that sometimes other commitments can get in the way so can adapt the course to suite – however we would recommend that no session is longer than 2 hours.


The course is suitable for anyone aged 16 and up.

On our Introduction to Climbing course you will learn about the equipment used in indoor climbing, how to belay, tie the basic knots, basic rope technique and of course how to climb, with plenty of climbing time to practice everything. We will spend time in both the main climbing wall the bouldering room.

At the end of the course there will be a basis assessment and if successful you will then be given a competent climber card which will enable you to climb at The Rock climbing wall independently of instructors and if over 18 you can also sign in and be responsible for two other novice climbers.

If under 18 you will still be allowed to climb unsupervised at The Rock the only stipulation is that we receive a parental consent form and the only restriction being that you cannot sign in any other novice climbers.

What should I wear?

Any sports or loose fitting comfortable clothing works well. Stretchy jeans can be comfortable but can get quite hot. We would recommend you wear something you don’t mind getting dirty or scuffed.











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