North West Face

Conditions of use and Rules


The British Mountaineering council (BMC) participation statement must be understood and accepted by all climbers: “The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.”

You are warned that climbing is a potentially dangerous sport and that climbing beyond your capabilities or using equipment incorrectly may result in personal injury.

You are warned that holds can spin or break.

These climbing walls are used at your own risk; no responsibility is accepted for any accident, loss of or damage to personal possessions.

The climbing walls are unsupervised.

Prior to climbing you must complete a registration form which declares YOUR COMPETENCE TO USE THE CENTRE. Novice climbers and those unable to satisfy the minimum requirements for entry must be under constant supervision by an approved instructor, or competent adult members at all times whilst in the centre. You must report to reception before climbing on every visit.

The centre reserves the right to refuse entry.

When using theses facilities please BE AWARE OF OTHER CLIMBERS, THERE IS ALWAYS A RISK OF SOMEONE OR SOMETHING FALLING e.g. CLIMBERS FALLING AWAY FROM THE WALLS. Please give way to climbers in a higher position. NB Note the HAZARD AREAS on the floor and be extra vigilant IN and AROUND theses areas.

When not actually climbing/belaying, keep clear of the hazard areas and bouldering mats.

Do not move or attempt to alter any holds.

Please report loose holds or damaged/faulty equipment to a member of staff immediately.

All accidents/incidents must be fully reported to a member of staff immediately.

The centre monitors climbing activities and reserves the right to stop individuals climbing if their behaviour or practice is considered unsafe to themselves or others.


Soloing is only permitted on designated bouldering walls.

Be aware that bouldering mats do not necessarily prevent injury on landing.

Roped Climbing

You must use an appropriate climbing sit-harness. The rope must be attached to this by an appropriate knot, as indicated by the harness manufacturer.

You must not untie from the rope at any time whilst climbing on the walls.

When belaying, you must use an appropriate belay method (no waist belaying).

Belayers should stand close to the wall and remain attentive whilst belaying.

Top ropes must not be removed to use on other routes.

Only top rope on lead routes when the climb has been completed and is correctly clipped into the lower off point. You must ensure that the rope is clipped through sufficient quick draws to prevent you from swinging in the event of a fall.


Leading is permitted only on designated lead routes.

When leading you must provide your own appropriately rated dynamic rope.

When leading ALL quick draws must be correctly clipped in sequence.