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The Leeds Wall this page viewed 12,155 times, with 755 clicks to their website
100a Gelderd Road, Wortley, Leeds, WEST YORKSHIRE LS12 6BY
0113 234 1554 / 0113 2341554
£3 Registration Fee,
Standard Adult Entry £8.00,
Entry before 2pm £4, before 4pm £6.50
Concession Entry £5.50-£7,
Various other memberships available :-
Regular User Membership £20 per year which entitles
10.00-22.00 Mon-Fri, 1000-20.00 weekends (may be earlier in summer)
A large dedicated bouldering area, shop and cafe. Impressive and steep 13m main wall, vertical or slightly overhanging walls, slabs, featured walls. Mainly leading, but plenty of toproping. The whole main wall can only be lead. Over 60 belay points, and more than 180 routes overall. All lead lines have in-situ quickdraws, Belays 1 and 2 have easy routes set with bolt hangers to learn how to place and clip quickdraws for sport climbing practice. Routes are changed regularly, many routes set recently by top sport climbers such as Steve McClure and Rob Napier, lead and top-rope routes vary in grade from f4 - f8a.
Large bouldering wall with circuits from easy to hard with vertical and steep walls. Our new Gym area houses a Systems board, 3 sets of campus rungs, a finger board and large training board.
Other features are beginners courses, birthday parties, Kids club (Lizards), changing rooms, showers, classroom and outdoor courses.
Bouldering and leading competitions through winter.
All in all a fantastic place to climb with some fantastic routes. Can be a bit pricey but well worth it: there are fantastic walls for the kids and some great courses, eg outdoor single pitch and intro courses for adults and kids. Lizards clubs for the kids too. I'd give it a 9/10. [Stuart Henderson 12/01]
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Gelderd Road is the A62 Leeds-Huddersfield road, close to the city centre. It's easiest to find from the M621 - turn North (ie left if heading in to Leeds, right when heading out) on to the A6110 ring road and then immediately right at crossroads. Go straight across a small roundabout, under the railway bridge and it's on the left after the Bentley showroom. Park in the car park or Brown Lane opposite. Buses run from Leeds City Station, ask for Gelderd Road or Domestic Road.
Or ask in the information centre at the train station.
Great selection of cragging/casual clothing, lots of trad gear/hardware, helmets, rock shoes, ropes, local and worldwide guidebooks, instructional books, OS Maps and even a really snazzy longboard!
Leeds City Centre! Need I say more?!
YES, a dedicated climbing centre
YES, this wall is a member of the Association of British Climbing centres
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Hi i learnt climbing at the leeds wall. I cant understand how people comment that leeds wall has no climbs for learner climbers. it has great climbs in the 3 to 5a grade range on easy slabs etc. The staff do watch for dangerous practices but that is for our safety. if someone is watching you belay then so what! if you are confident you are belaying correctly you will have no problem. The staff have always helped with advice when asked my stupid beginners questions and have always been friendly. All in all leeds is an excellent wall.
jrjamus - 31/Dec/07
I have never visited the wall but on reading the comments it seems that the staff are considered rude for checking on belaying. At other walls at which I have climbed I have seen the belayer leave the ground and crack heads with the falling leader at 3 metres off the deck. At another the leader hit the deck from 10 metres because the belayer was not familiar with the belaying device.This resulted in a serious back injury.The attitude at Leeds may be born of experience.
kevin crofts - 13/Jun/07
Yep, they are really vigilant at the leeds wall, good on them! Why should they just trust you know how to belay because you say so? Climbing is potentially dangerous and yes it can be off putting to be watched but I feel safe knowing they are on the ball. I have climbed for a year and found the leeds wall to be an excellent place, plenty of scope for beginners and a massive amount of progression possible. Having watched climbers climb main wall for the last year I have finally conquered it myself, I think I could climb here for years and still find challenges. Friendly staff too!
R - 22/Apr/07
I totally agree with these comments. Ive climbed all around the uk and usually find walls to be extremely friendly and chilled out. However I found climbing at Leeds wall abit like walking into the Slaughtered Lamb (American werewolf in London!). Staff on whole were very rude and I dont like being stared at at the best of times! but during a climb or when belaying its most off putting. Massive shame for what could be a very chilled out wall with great facilities, location is great, shop superb, never seen cafe open, but spoiled by snobby staff - not at all what climbing is about. Let us know when you sort them out and we'll return.
Kev Mosby - 04/May/05
Excellent wall. Routes of all grades particularly the middle grade climber, absolutely loads of 6's. Recent new addition extended number of routes and the variety as it is properly featured. The route setting is very good. Shop is excellent and the cafe is okay. Not sure about the comments in previous note as it seems to have excellent opening hours 10AM-8PM at the weekends seems good to me.
Iggy - 21/Jan/05
Great climbing, but the caff is next to useless. They close very early at a weekend (2pm??) and aren't open at all during the week until 6pm. Of course the evenings are the most popular times, but you are stuck with vending machines the rest of the time. Take some sandwiches and a flask of coffee (although don't try taking them into the cafe because you'll get told off). Grrrr...
Nick Smith - UKC - 12/Jul/04
leeds wall is okay i suppose but terribly overrated.
almost all of the walls are for experianced climbers and if you have only been going a while then it is hopeless,as only about 8 of the walls have topropes.
the best part of the place is the shop,that is fantastic.the place is so pricey,would reccomend if you live locally go to huddersfeild sports center,but get the gear from leeds.i agree the staff dont seem to trust you when you say'i know how to ruddy belay'and look down their noses at you.the bouldering is decent.i would give it 5/10(and thats being generous)
jasmin - 20/Jun/04
I visited 'The Leeds Wall' for the first and last time about 2 weeks ago.
The staff on the whole were rude and obnoxious, the arena itself is on the small side or at least it feels that way.
After signing the waiver they still came and 'checked' my belaying, this taking the form of asking I was the correct person and then walking away after giving a weak explaination of why I was being 'checked'.
A lot of the wall climbs are for the very good climber there was not a lot for the less experienced climber of a climber wanting a nice easy skills testing warm up climb. The overhangs are impressive but the majority of people there could not actually do them, hence making a massive part of the centre unclimbable.
The off wall facilities are brilliant the shop is good and the cafe excellent well done!! changing and shower facilities far away beats Rockcity in Hull were I normally climb but the atmosphere was less than friendly!!
Having only been climbing ever week for 6 months I accept that I still have a lot to learn but the method the staff employ here was less than encouraging!
Anthony Cadle 17/March/2004
Anthony Cadle - 17/Mar/04
Great lead wall and bouldering. Now has two "Billy-no-mates" auto-belay type devices which are handy when
you can't find a partner.
Go between 12-2pm on a weekday for a lunchtime climb as
there are special cheap rates and it's usually very
Agree about the Caf, it never seems to be open and doesn't
have a great selection of food when it does anyway.
MeMeMe - 12/Aug/03
Top wall but some routes are made very hard because of the steepness of the overhangs so clipping in can be very hard on arms.
Dave Stocks - 06/Mar/02
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Amy at Leeds
© PaulHermes, Mar 2008
Robyn Erbesfield - First British indoor international competition at Leeds - 1989
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Robyn Erbesfield climbing in the first British indoor international competition at Leeds - 1989
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Leading at Leeds wall
© raptorheli, Jun 2008
leeds new bouldering wall + woodie
© zoobizooretta, Nov 2007
new leeds bouldering wall
© zoobizooretta, Oct 2007
leeds new bouldering wall
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© Nigel R
me bouldering at leeds wall, ahh my second home
Leeds Wall comp Round 2
© Laurie Rogerson
Scotland South BRYCS 2002 podium finishers - Robbie Prentice, Aline Kirkland, Michael Mullins, Natalie Berry
© Dave Berry, Oct 2002
Natalie Berry leading an F7a at Leeds Wall
© Dave Berry, Aug 2002