/ Where would you like to see a new wall?
For a while I have been contemplating opening a climbing wall in the west midlands any where between Birmingham and Bristol and would just like peoples thoughts on where you would like to see a new wall?
We could do with one in Portsmouth
Amersham needs one - apparently.
There's loads of walls out in the west midlands and therefore loads of competition. You'd probably be better to research which parts of the country don't have as many walls and open one where supply isn't meeting demand. Personally I'd suggest one of the larger towns in Kent as we currently only have a very small number of dedicated centres, none of which are really worth visiting on a regular basis.
Been saying it for years, a decent sized wall in Ashford or Maidstone would do very well indeed in my opinion.
We're in desperate need of a good wall in Brighton but there are already plans so there is some hope for us.
In the southwest, Truro is a glaring omission.
There's a big university and a big regional college nearby, a young population generally. Catchment for Truro, Falmouth, Newquay, Redruth/Cambourne, St Austell and likely further afield considering how far people are prepared to travel to get to The Barn. Lots of holidaymakers and rained off would-be sea-cliff climber in the summer months. Plus there's no serious competition nearby (The Barn isn't nearby).
I reckon a wall would clear up there.
Somewhere down in Bromley please, I know its all the way down in Kent but I'm sure it'll be worth it :)
A first forUKC - no mention ofStoke on a thread like this!
I know it's not going to happen, but to the West of London still has gaps. We drive an hour to Westway or occasionally do the hour to Reading (have given up on Guildford). Even the new wall opening in Kingston will still be approx an hour in evening traffic. London climbing walls are rammed... it seems there's still enough demand to support more.
Do you wanna pop one up in my back garden? Got large outhouses and a large area for cars...
An commercially-run wall with enthusiastic & dedicated staff could do well. Finding somewhere would be the hardest part but there are a few places.
I'm off to Coventry on the 5th September, if you can get one built there (the nearby uni looks passable, just!) then I'd greatly appreciate it. In all honesty though you're just going to get people posting roughly where they live!
I've experience of Birmingham and Bristol themselves. Red Point in Birmingham and an old church in Bristol. Both were excellent and would probably provide stiff competition in the surrounding areas.
Rokt in Brighouse has managed to carve themselves in a niche in an area surrounded by Sheffield, Leeds and Harrogate though, so it's definitely not impossible. They're very family friendly and aim to appeal to kids and parents who want to try out bouldering without any of that expensive and dangerous rope nonsense (though they do cater very well to 'proper' climbers!) and they've done very well by setting up shop in a relatively small town, directly off a major motorway in an old flour mill. I imagine the mill was relatively cheap given there's little other use for them nowadays.
Copying what they've done certainly wouldn't be a bad start. Are there any small towns close by to larger cities on the M5? Any with cheap rents or old abandoned (tall and unique) buildings?
Bath would be cool, already quite a sporty city and i'm sure the uni climbing society could make use of it too.
Currently go to radstock to use one, but lack of bouldering and leading is a shame.
Only idea I'd have is Rugby on the grounds of being half way between me in MK and someone I climb with a lot who has moved to Brum. In practice, though, it's near Leicester, Northampton and Cov, so probably wouldn't be a solid business proposition. And in practice we'll probably end up at the Pinnacle and Bear Rock in rotation anyway :)
Bolton, one of the largest town's in the UK, is crying out for a wall.
I spent quite a bit of time looking at property in and around the town centre and created a very conservative business plan a couple of years ago when I still lived there, but didn't have the balls to risk our savings on it...
I suspect strongly had I bothered, it would have been a very profitable business proposition.
Anywhere in Hertfordshire, please for the love of god someone put one in Hertfordshire. I don't think there is a proper wall in the entire county. Combined with its lack of real rock I think it is probably the county with the least climbing in the UK.
opposite my house in my garage
Brighton? Slough? Truro? Shaftesbury?
Methinks there are a number of UKCers in need of a geography lesson!
And Sheffield gets another one ffs.
Nope. I think most of us are wistfully answering the thread title rather than the question actually asked :-)
This house could have done with one ;)
Forget the midlands - plenty walls for everyone within an hours drive
Try Dorset - huge gap in the market for a decent, well-run climbing wall with a significant market desperate for an alternative to QE in Wimborne and the long trek to Calshot (good wall/routes, poor location and bouldering). The Bournemouth Uni wall has just closed too.
Shrewsbury, so I have somewhere fairly close when I visit my father-in-law.
> In the southwest, Truro is a glaring omission.
Came to the same conclusion for exactly the same reasons during a recent conversation.
NW London,somewhere around Brent cross or Cricklewood or central London-the Camden town/Kings X area?
As Myles stated, albeit well outside your suggested location, Kent lacks any decent climbing walls but has a large population, especially in east Kent/Medway. The nearest decent wall for me (living in Chatham) is The Reach, in Woolwich. An excellent and expanding climbing centre but still a 35mins drive away.
Medway's still keen to support regeneration projects & has a varied sporting venue choice but only the tiny, restricted access climbing wall at Arethusa, in Upnor.
+1 again for Wiltshire. All I want is a decent bouldering wall for when its raining or mid week workouts!!
Serious lack in the area.
Calshot's bouldering is rubbish.
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