Writhlington climbing wall is a Lottery funded facility. It is the only indoor climbing centre in the area serving both the local populations of Radstock and Midsomer Norton as well as Warminster, Westbury, Frome, Trowbridge, Wells and Bath. It is an 8 meter high, 5 top rope and 12 auto belay lines equipped with quick draws for lead climbing. There are 50 plus climbing routes ranging from Grade 4 (beginner) to 7A+ (advanced). Grading is very subjective and is therefore provided as a guide only. Grading can be different between indoor climbing centres. Lead climbing is only permitted on our climbing wall when a CWLA instructor is present. Lead climbing will not be permitted in the absence of a Writhlington qualified CWLA instructor.
We will aim to achieve at least 1 route change per week to ensure they stay fresh and exciting! Please speak to the supervising instructor during your visit if you have any suggestions or comments regarding new routes.
The climbing wall is open for unsupervised climbing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6.00pm – 10.00pm, Saturday mornings from 9am – 11am and Sunday mornings 9.00am – 11.00am. These sessions are suitable for Auto Belay (Clip and Climb) and Top Rope climbing. Children aged 5 – 17 MUST be accompanied and signed in by a registered adult (18 or over) when attending an open session. A registration form will need to be completed for all climbers. Rope climbers need to complete a short assessment when registering in their first visit. Assessments are provided free of charge but need to be booked in advance.
Novice climbers with no qualification or experience can arrive at any of our open sessions to use the auto belays (clip and climb).
Registered users for top rope climbing can sign in a maximum of 2 guests per visit. Guests must be aged 5 years or older. A separate guest form will need to be completed on the first visit. Registered users who sign in under 18’s who are not their children MUST have permission from their Parent/Guardian in writing.
Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied to their sports lesson by their parent or guardian. Children attending lessons will not be released from our care in the absence of their parent or guardian; we would therefore strongly advise that you remain on site incase of any emergency so we can contact you quickly and that you arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the end of your child’s lesson.
Registered users for auto belays can sign in a maximum of 2 under 18 guests per visit. Over 18 guests can come to open sessions and be registered for auto belay use.
Accompanying adults only need to pay an extra fee if they intend to climb themselves.
Under 18 users cannot access unsupervised sessions without an adult registered user.
Please note that Top Rope climbing will NOT be permitted in sessions where we do not have one of OUR qualified instructors present. Only Auto Belay allowed in unsupervised (Qualified Instructor) sessions. Please call reception on 01761 252631 ahead of your session to avoid disappointment.
Auto belays can be changed to top rope use, however this can only be done during a session where one of OUR instructors are available.
Open Sessions Charges
Inclusive Members FREE
PAYG (Non Members) £5.65
Inclusive (Non Members) FREE
PAYG Members £4.50
Harness £1.50 Karabina £0.75 Belay Device £0.75
The climbing wall can be hired for exclusive use by community / charity groups as well as for special occasions including adult parties, hen or stag events. Special rates are available to community / charity groups. Please contact reception on 01761 252631 for further details or visit our contact page.
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