Climbing can be done indoors out outdoors, usually as a pair but often as part of a group.

Indoor climbing involves following a series of coloured grips, with different colours corresponding to a different level of difficulty. Your climbing partner, called the belayer, controls the rope that stops you from falling and preventing an injury.

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that doesn’t use ropes. Instead, you only climb a few metres off the ground with crash pads beneath you to cushion your fall.

Why is it good for me? 

It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy nature with friends and family, or a great way to meet new people by joining a climbing group. Climbing can help to improve strength keep your heart healthy.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary, contact your local climbing centre/club to ask about their fees. Lessons usually include all of the equipment you need.

What equipment do you need?

Most climbing centres will provide you with the ropes, harnesses, karabiners, shoes and helmet needed for climbing. Before going along to a session, make sure to ask what you need to bring.

Getting started

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC), the national governing body for climbing has an article on their website called 'Five steps to start climbing' take a look here