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Rock Climbing In London - 13 experiences

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London

Being one of the most vibrant cities in the world, London has no shortage of things to do. In fact your biggest problem is probably going to be what not to do! From historical palaces and famous landmarks to musicals and nightlife London has it all. Take an iconic open-topped bus tour, delve into the details on a walking tour, explore the stunning Royal Parks, or get active with a paddle down the Thames. Whatever floats your boat, London has the answer! Practise your climbing skills in one of the many indoor climbing walls, or jump on a train and with just a short journey be climbing in beautiful woodlands at Harrison’s Rocks. Explore one of the many rivers, like canoeing or kayaking the Thames or the River Medway for a peaceful escape. There’s also a wealth of rolling hills in Surrey, perfect for the weekend hike, bike or camp!
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Climbing Walls in London, Near Me.

Living in London, you’re never too far away from your local climbing wall. Here’s some of the major climbing walls in London.
  • The Arch Climbing Wall - The Arch provides a large range of bouldering opportunities, with a gym, shop, cafe and lockers, there's everything you need to get involved. It can get busy on week nights after city dwellers leave offices to get their climbing fix, but it's a friendly atmosphere to meet other like minded climbers.
  • Mile End Climbing Wall - Mile End climbing wall offers bouldering and roped climbing, with a well-stocked on-site shop and a cafe, it's got all you need to get a quick climb in around your daily work schedule!
  • Mt Palace - Mt Palace is a small climbing wall in the iconic grade 2 listed Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, offering a number of courses for different levels of ability to get involved.
  • Ravenswall Climbing Centre - With a shop, gym, cafe and on-site showers and lockers, Ravenswall has what you need for your next bouldering adventure.
  • The Castle Climbing Centre - The Castle is an excellent place to explore for climbers, with lots of rooms, indoor and outdoor climbing available in Summer, auto-belays, a huge range of top roping, lead climbing or bouldering routes, there's something for everyone.
  • Third Space Soho - Third Space is a cutting edge fitness centre with a climbing wall offering abseiling, top rope and lead climbing and bouldering challenges. You have to be a paying member to use the wall.
  • Vauxwall East Climbing Centre - Vauxwall East (not to be confused with Vauxwall West) is aiming to set a new standard for accessibility to bouldering. With an induction video and self check-in, these are just small ways they're trying to make this happen. Being in central London, it's convenient for a quick climb for many. It can get busy on weekdays. With a cafe, shop, gym and treatment room, showers and lockers, you've got all you need to get involved.
  • Vauxwall West Climbing Centre - Vauxwall West (not to be confused with Vauxwall East) is aiming to set a new standard for accessibility to bouldering. With an induction video and self check-in, these are just small ways they're trying to make this happen. Being in central London, it's convenient for a quick climb for many. It can get busy on weekdays.
  • Westway Climbing Centre - Westway is one of the UKs largest climbing centres with over 350 routes on 110 roped lines up to 13.5m and over 450sqm of Bouldering. As a result its suitable for all levels and runs many courses too.
  • White Spider - just outside London itself near Tolworth but still very accessible is this huge, light and airy centre with over 350 routes, 200+ bouldering problems and 100+ top/lead roped routes. Many routes are set by top UK names, and features include a competition wall, a cave, training area and good cafe with a kids play area/wall next to it.
  • Vertical Chill - for something a bit different, if you want to experience ice climbing as opposed to rock climbing, London also has that covered. Head to Vertical Chill in Covent Garden where you’ll find an 8m ice wall where you can crack on your crampons and get out the ice axe and pretend you’re scaling Everest. It’s definitely on the pricier end of the climbing cost spectrum, at up to ~£50pp / hour depending on equipment requirements but is a great experience.

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Bouldering in London

Bouldering is the act of climbing, typically up to 20ft without ropes but with big soft matts beneath. As the height of the climb is not high enough to cause injuries (assuming you fall correctly of course), it’s a great way to get into the sport without having to get used to the technicalities of using ropes, belay devices and the other equipment associated with other types of climbing. To get involved with bouldering, look up your local climbing wall and ensure they mention they have bouldering on offer. Most climbing walls do offer bouldering nowadays. Also, you can find outdoor places to go bouldering. If you’re doing this as a beginner, make sure to organise an instructor who can ensure you’ve got the right equipment (including a bouldering mat to fall on), and show you the best routes and techniques.
All of the aforementioned walls offer bouldering, but those who are dedicated to bouldering in London are: The Arch Climbing Wall and the Vauxwalls (both East and West).
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Outdoor Bouldering in London

Hackney - Hackney may seem like an odd inclusion here, but not once you see the two massive 100-tonne and 4 metre high lumps of granite that have been placed in two of the green parks here. Boulder 1 (in Shoreditch Park) has now been joined by Boulder 2 in Mabley Green. They offer a stunning and unexpected feature to the parks, and offer keen climbers a range of bouldering problems up to V9 in difficulty.

Outdoor Climbing Near London

  • Harrisons Rocks, East Sussex - the largest of the rock outcrops in the south of England known as Southern Sandstone, Harrisons Rocks are owned and managed by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and feature a wide range of climbs up to 9m in height. Set in beautiful woodland they are strictly top-roping or soloing routes to help protect the rocks from undue wear and tear, being such a popular location.
  • Bowles Rocks, Kent - with over 200 routes and just a short walk from Eridge station, Bowles Rocks is quick drying and south facing, making it a popular destination, but well worthwhile. It is run by a charitable organisation, so you will have to pay £5 at their office on arrival. The crags rise up to 10m in height, with routes from 1a to 6b to tackle. Notable routes include Pig’s Nose, Fandango and The Thing.
  • Happy Valley, Kent - located just a 10 minute walk from Tunbridge Wells this is a great little location, offering mainly low main walls great for bouldering. Due to the woodland setting it can get damp, so is best suited to summer climbing. Notable routes include Inglenook Left at the sweeps cave area.

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Why go Rock Climbing?

Rock Climbing is a great way to see some of the most stunning places, get fit and healthy in the process and have a great time. There’s a wealth of spots to climb, with over 1000 destinations, 150 climbing walls and hundreds of climbing clubs in the UK. See below for some of the best climbing courses in the UK. For some, climbing is the challenge of getting to the top, for others it's the puzzle of working out the route and how to approach the different hands and footholds. There's also the fitness side of course, being a fantastic total body workout, and particularly effective for those doing indoor bouldering on midweek evenings! Then there's the locations. Outdoor climbing locations are often in some of the most stunning locations in the country, and with the climbing itself you are able to get up close and personal with the landscape, and often able to access locations and views unavailable to anyone else! It’s also an incredibly social sport. When at an indoor climbing wall, it’s natural to talk to others about how to climb routes.
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Who is Rock Climbing Suitable for?

There's a climb for everyone, and part of the beauty of climbing is that the challenge is relative for each individual. There are plenty of climbing clubs if you'd like to join others and do it more socially and learn from peers, and it can be a great family activity too for those with a bit more experience. For those less confident there are plenty of guides and instructors always happy to share their passion with new people to the sport. There are also plenty of great UK climbing forums for further advice and information.

Climbing Overview for Beginners

Climbing is a great activity for everyone, from individuals, groups, families, friends and corporates. Conquering a climbing route or your fear for heights in a group is a great bonding experience. Climbing doesn’t have to be a huge challenge. There are many ways to get involved with the sport that are more accessible than the crazy films like El Capitan where Alex Honnold climbs over 2km without ropes. Try a guided climbing session to take it easy and pick up the basics, or try bouldering at an indoor climbing wall.
There's different techniques and methods to climbing that make the sport that little bit more interesting and challenging.There’s also a wealth of kit and equipment needed for the different types of climbing. And there’s different ways to get involved with the sport. Don’t worry - it’s easy to pick up. We’ve put together a bunch of resources so that after reading them you’ll be clued up on your next rock climbing experience. Below are some useful rock climbing resources to learn more.
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Useful Rock Climbing Resources

  • A Beginners Guide to Rock Climbing We’ve created a resource for beginners to rock climbing to outline the different types of rock climbing from bouldering, sport climbing and trad climbing and more. What equipment you need and the various ways to get involved with the sport, whether that be joining a local club, going to an indoor climbing wall or booking an instructor.

  • A Beginners Guide to Rock Climbing. We’ve created a resource for beginners to rock climbing to outline the different types of rock climbing from bouldering, sport climbing and trad climbing and more. What equipment you need and the various ways to get involved with the sport, whether that be joining a local club, going to an indoor climbing wall or booking an instructor.

  • A Guide to Outdoor Rock Climbing in UK. We’ve pulled together a resource to outline what to expect when climbing outdoors in the UK, including the differences from indoor rock climbing and what kit to take.

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