Bouldering started as an activity for climbers to warm up before they took on the big routes facing them on large rocky outcrops.
People soon realised that warming up on these boulders was just as much fun as the big routes themselves. Bouldering, which is low level climbing without the aide of ropes or protective equipment, has become one of the dominant types of climbing in recent years. It allows for novices to easily take up the sport and learn the control, technique and joy that comes with completing a route or problem without needing to learn all the rope work that comes with big wall climbing.
More advanced climbers can also test their grit against the more intense and physically demanding moves that bouldering provides. XC has 206 sq m area of bouldering complete with intricate challenging hooks and turns designed to be fun and enjoyable for all levels of experience. So, whatever your grade and no matter your experience, this type of climbing will have you engaged in mind, body and hopefully soul. All you need is some shoes and a bit of chalk and we will have you imitating a monkey in no time.
All minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on their first visit.
The minimum age for climbing and/ or Bouldering is 8 years old however we do run specialist sessions for the younger climber. Children between the age of 8-13 years must be supervised by an adult who has passed a rope competency check and signed a disclaimer form. From the age of 14 years they can climb unsupervised providing they have passed the relevant rope check.
XC is open 10am - 10pm, 7 days a week. Please call reception (01442 507100) for the specific opening times for each activity.