Local indoor climbing walls
If you’re looking for a new, fun and exciting activity to get to grips with, why not try indoor climbing? Whether you’re a novice or a climbing pro, visiting an indoor climbing centre is a great way to move your body and get your adrenaline pumping.
We have a wide variety of inclusive climbing activities across our UK leisure centres to suit all ages and experiences. Practise your grip strength with challenging bouldering sessions or master the wall on exhilarating lead climbs - the choice is yours.
As an added bonus, since Better is a part of a not-for-profit organisation, all the proceeds from your activity fees are reinvested right back into your local community, helping us on our mission to make fitness accessible to everyone.
Indoor Climbing activities at Better
We have a variety of climbing activities to enjoy at GLL, no matter if it's your first time on the wall, or you’re an experienced climber. Whether you’d like to practice your skills at your own leisure, or develop your abilities with the help of a trained instructor, there’s something for everyone to take part in.
Suitable for ages four and up, our Clip ‘N’ Climb sessions help your child brave new heights in a fun, safe and supervised environment. After a quick introduction from our experienced instructors, your child can enjoy scaling our 7.5m climbing panel, helping them develop their abilities and grow their confidence on the wall.
Bring the kids, bring the parents, bring your trainers (no climbing shoes allowed) and bring it on! Our Clip ‘N’ Climb sessions are currently available at The Wave Centre, Cumbria | Barking Sportshouse and Gym, Barking and Dagenham | Waltham Forest | Sutcliffe Park, Greenwich and York Leisure Centre.
Bouldering is a fun and exciting sport and a great way to stay active, for climbers of all ages and experience levels. Differing from traditional rock climbing, bouldering is a form of free climbing performed on small or artificial rock walls without the use of ropes or harnesses. Easy to pick up but challenging to master, bouldering requires you to use technique, strength and patience to develop your skills.
Bouldering sessions are currently available at Workington Leisure Centre, Cumbria | Cockermouth Leisure Centre, Cumbria (currently unavailable) | Hendon Leisure Centre, Barnet | Penrith Leisure Centre, Eden | West View Better Health Leisure Centre, Preston | The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby | Indoor Tennis Centre and Ozone Complex, Belfast and Energise Leisure Centre, York.
Ideal for those new to climbing, we offer top-rope climbing sessions at a number of our centres across the UK. With top-rope climbing, as you scale the wall, you are secured to a rope that runs up to a fixed anchor at the top. From there, it runs back to the ground, where a member of our team can securely control your ascent and descent.
An excellent introduction into climbing for beginners, top-rope sessions provide an environment to practise and develop your skills with confidence. If you’re interested in taking part, get in contact with your local Better centre today to see if top-rope sessions are offered near you.
Find top-rope climbing sessions at the following centres: Workington Leisure Centre, Cumbria | Cockermouth Leisure Centre, Cumbria (currently unavailable) | Hendon Leisure Centre, Barnet | Penrith Leisure Centre, Eden | West View Better Health Leisure Centre, Preston | The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby | Indoor Tennis Centre and Ozone Complex, Belfast and Energise Leisure Centre, York.
One of the most popular forms of rock climbing, lead climbing is where a climber scales a wall while carrying a rope, fixing it to points along their ascent to protect from a fall. This thrilling activity is ideal for those looking to push themselves to the limit, practise their climbing abilities and enjoy the fantastic exercise it offers. Our lead climbing sessions are run by our trained and experienced team members, on hand to offer advice and support to help you hone your skills and develop your confidence on the wall.
Discover lead climbing sessions available at the following centres: Workington Leisure Centre, Cumbria | Cockermouth Leisure Centre, Cumbria (currently unavailable) | Hendon Leisure Centre, Barnet | Penrith Leisure Centre, Eden | West View Better Health Leisure Centre, Preston | The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby | Indoor Tennis Centre and Ozone Complex, Belfast and Energise Leisure Centre, York.
For those looking to make regular use of our climbing wall facilities, our Pay As You Go Membership allows you to access your local Better facilities at a discounted rate. For just one annual payment, you can benefit from 30% off a whole range of activities, including gyms, swimming pools and fitness classes, with no monthly contract or additional fees.
Where to find an indoor climbing wall near you
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The Benefits of Indoor Climbing
From the exhilarating feeling of scaling the top of a wall to the rewarding experience of mastering a new position, indoor climbing is a challenging activity that offers plenty to enjoy. The benefits of staying active on a climbing wall near you include:
- Reducing stress - using nothing but your body to reach, climb and leap activates your muscles, releasing endorphins and naturally reducing your stress levels.
- Building mental strength - putting your problem-solving skills and your hand-eye coordination to the test, climbing offers more benefits than just physical.
- A full-body workout - climbing requires you to use every part of your body to reach the top, building your strength, stamina and coordination.
- Improved flexibility - when you stretch to reach challenging handholds, you’re improving flexibility across your entire body.
Grow your confidence- with the help of our trained instructors, climbing helps you to reach new heights and develop your confidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is climbing a good workout?
Climbing is a great way to keep fit and build your strength as you make full use of your body to scale new heights. Each type of activity tests you in different ways, providing a challenging, yet rewarding way to have fun and stay in shape.
What do I need to bring along to an indoor climbing session?
All you’ll need to bring along is lightweight, flexible clothing and a bottle of water to stay hydrated. We provide all necessary safety equipment, along with a fully qualified instructor to keep you safe and ensure you’re having a great time on the wall.
Is indoor climbing fun for beginners?
Indoor climbing or bouldering is a great activity to enjoy whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber. We tailor our wall climbing sessions to be accessible and fun for everyone. Our trained instructors help you to develop your skills and can provide the support and advice you need to grow your confidence on the wall.
How safe is indoor climbing?
While indoor climbing can carry risk, it is generally a safe and enjoyable experience as long as safety precautions are followed. Our trained staff are always on hand during climbing sessions, with your wellbeing being their top priority.
Can children take part in indoor climbing?
Indoor climbing is a great activity for children to take part in. That’s why we offer our Clip ‘N’ Climb sessions, where children aged 4 and up can safely have fun on the climbing wall, with our trained instructors on hand to provide support and guidance.