/ Interesting climbing wall around Leicester
Next Saturday we're at a loose end, and I wondered about taking a trip to somewhere more 'interesting'. A climbing wall reachable from Leicester via trains/etc. would work well, if it's something that makes an interesting change from The Tower. (Doesn't have to be better, just different would be fine). We only climb using a top rope at present. We have most of our own gear, except we don't have a rope and he borrows climbing shoes from the climbing wall when we go.
I've sent an email to the RockBlok near Rutland Water, which looks a good option. However, I'm concerned that the long range weather forecast is for rain next Saturday, and I think that the RockBlok is mainly outside. If there are other options resembling a trip to RockBlok, I'd very much like to hear about them.
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Try some outdoor bouldering at Beacon Rock? Not great landings so a bouldering mat would be nice.
The Climbing Centre in Loughborough is a great suggestion. I've looked up their website, and my son is very interested. I've suggested that we use the Great Central Railway to go to Loughborough, but teenage son isn't as fascinated by steam trains as he used to be. I presume that The Climbing Centre is all indoors, and weather will not be an issue.
When we turned up at the Tower on a bank holiday to find it shut, we ended up going to Nottingham - quite an intriguing and friendly little wall in a converted Victorian swimming pool. Would recommend it. Plenty of leading, top roping and bouldering.
Accessible from the station by tram.
Also Alter Rock at Derby. In a converted church.
If travelling to Nottingham, I'd do a rope session at nottingham climbing centre (easy on the tram), maybe go to the Lion pub for lunch, then back to the tram stop, into the city centre then you can walk, 10-15 mins to the depot, nottingham's new(ish)bouldering centre and spend the afternoon/evening having a leisurely boulder there.
from there you can walk back to the station 15/20 mins or if it's desperate walk back into town and take the tram again.
Another vote for Loughborough Climbing Station - acres of bouldering - and loads of very amenable problems (ie I can manage them) many on slabs, or massive jugs on overhangs. separate traversing area, and half a dozen routes with top-rope. Friendly staff, comfy cafe area, featuring the famous tiffin.
In comparison, the Depot in Nottingham is bouldering only, a lot steeper, lots of overhangs, - I wouldn't last 10 mins in there!
Notts Climbing Wall has less bouldering than Lufbra, but plenty of top-roping and lead climbing. Also great cafe and also friendly staff. (Be aware Saturday there are a lot of kids classes going on)
For top-roping only, the Edge isn't ideal IMO, the foundry would be better. The Edge is great (I go twice a week), but the foundry has a much larger number of top roped routes.
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