Roped Climbing for Beginners


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Learn the ropes, literally

This course is the perfect introduction to the world of climbing with ropes.

Under the watchful eyes of our nationally qualified instructors you will progess through the basics of indoor top rope climbing. Once you've perfected these skills you will be able to climb unsupervised on the ropes in our centre. This course is ideal for people who have never climbed before or those seeking a refresher for their top roping skills. 

Suitable for age 14 years* or older.

* Parents of under 18s will need to contact the centre for the correct paperwork – those who arrive without the correct forms will not be allowed to climb and no refunds will be given.

What you will learn:

  • How to tie into a rope correctly 
  • How to correctly fit a climbing harness
  • How to belay and hold a falling climber
  • How to use a ground anchor to belay a heavier climber
  • How to use an auto-belay

What will I need to bring?

All the technical equipment and climbing shoes are included. You need £1 (refundable) for a locker and we recommend bringing some water (or buy a drink here).

What do I need to wear?

  • Normal gym wear is best. Be aware that climbing centres are notoriously hot in summer and very cold in winter so dress accordingly.
  • Please be aware that 2/3 of the course takes place in our Secret Garden climbing area, therefore we recommend very warm clothing in the winter. 

What's next?

If you want the full climbing experience you may want to consider adding Introduction to Bouldering (climbing without ropes). It's a further 1.5hrs of tuition covering all the basics of bouldering safely in the centre. N.B. Please check the dates when adding your Introduction To Bouldering Course - choose a suitable date, not just the first one on the list!

How much does it cost?

  • Roped Climbing for Beginners costs £75 and runs from 10:00 - 16:00
  • Introduction to Bouldering is £30 for 1.5hrs of instruction.

What's the plan for the day?

The course is split into 3 sessions, with breaks for refreshments and lunch (please bring your own lunch):

  • 10:00 Report to reception
  • 10:15 Session 1 - The basic skills
  • 11:45 Refreshment break
  • 12:00 Session 2 - Consolidation
  • 13:45 Lunch break (bring you own food)
  • 14:30 Session 3 - Moving on
  • 16:00  Roped course ends
  • 16:15 Introduction to Bouldering (this is an optional add-on course, click to book)

Refund and Cancellation policy:

You must give 72 hours notice if you need to cancel or amend your booking. Cancellations within 72 hours from the course start date will not result in a refund, date changes or other amendments will not be granted.

Early Summer Sale:

As part of our Early Summer Sale this course includes 30 day unlimited pass worth £55 (this only applies to courses purchased between 1st and 30th of June 2022)

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Latest Reviews

Such a great vibe and cool instructors. The only thing I thought would've been good and important to learn is how to fall. Not like with top rope climbing, I mean literally falling when bouldering - like practicing falling onto the ground or something just so we don't unknowingly have bad habits that mean we cause ourselves unnecessary injuries. Apart from that it was fun
20th June 2022

Really good course, Georgia was an excellent instructor, very knowledgable and gave us plenty of tips for climbing independently going forward.
11th June 2022

Five stars!!! This was a brilliant course and both of our instructors were patient, knowledgeable and very professional. We will definitely be back - Mark and Kirsteen Newell :)
11th June 2022

I had a lot of fun - my family were also very happy since they were able to try everything despite being completely new to climbing. The instructor (sorry I can't remember the name) was great as well - very sociable. I really enjoyed it.
2nd June 2022

A really comprehensive and fun course!
30th May 2022

The instructor was great and very thorough. We got in a lot of climbing time.
21st May 2022

Loved the course. Thought it was a really good introduction where me and my friends went from knowing nothing to feeling confident to use the top ropes ourselves. Great instructor, good size group, good length for testing and taking in knowledge
9th May 2022

It was perfect
8th May 2022

Very clear instruction, great teacher
3rd April 2022