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The Best Climbing Centres in Leeds

· Darcie Hewitt-Dudding · Culture

Challenge your body and your brain!

The Big Depot

Whether you’re looking for a new route to challenge yourself or you want to learn to climb from scratch, these are Leeds’ best climbing centres.

If you’re a climbing aficionado, or you want to be one, then you’re in luck. Leeds is packed with loads of climbing centres to choose from. We’ve got dedicated bouldering centres, centres that change climbing routes weekly and entire centres aimed at getting kids scaling walls. There are even centres with gyms, yoga studios and cafes. Time to get chalked up…

The Depot Climbing

Bouldering The Depot Leeds

A dedicated bouldering centre, Depot Climbing in Pudsey is the place to go to learn to climb in Leeds. We’re talking 10 bouldering circuits ranging from V0 to V11+, dedicated training areas with a Beastmaker board and a gym with everything from yoga mats to pull-up bars. The routes are reset weekly for something new to try every time you come in. A climbing beginner? They offer a range of courses for complete novices and those wanting to up their grade. Wednesday evenings are a free social session for women only, so you can climb without feeling self-conscious (and you can make friends!).

The Depot, 173 Richardshaw Lane, Stanningley, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6AA. Entry starts at £9 and £8 for under-18s. Monthly passes start from £36 per month.

City Bloc

City Bloc is a climbing centre in Leeds for everyone interested in climbing. It’s a one-stop shop whether you’re a beginner (they have specific ‘get to grips’ sessions) or an old hand looking for a challenge. They’ve got three different types of wall to have a go at, a training gym and a yoga studio where you can stretch your muscles. There’s a cafe for refuelling after your climb or relaxing while your kids scale the walls in a weekend session. Forgotten your gear? Climbing tape, liquid chalk and brushes can be picked up at reception.

City Bloc, 1-4 Kitson Road, Airedale Industrial Estate, Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NT. Entry starts from £7 for adults and £5.50 for under-18s. Memberships start from £40 per month.

The Climbing Lab

Climbing Lab

The Climbing Lab is a bouldering centre in Leeds where you can learn to climb without ropes. It’s perfect for beginners and pros alike. They’ve got a large beginners and kids section, as well as more challenging climbs like the top out boulder, overhanging, slab and vertical walls. There’s a training area too, where you can improve your functional strength and practice climbing skills. They hold free classes for flexibility and core, as well as specific courses that teach the fundamentals of bouldering. Looking to compete? Try their comp walls on for size.

The Climbing Lab, Units 14 & 15, Kirkstall Industrial Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AZ. Entry starts from £10.50. Memberships start from £40 per month.

Clip ’n Climb

Clip 'n Climb Leeds

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Clip ’n Climb is like the fun younger sibling of all the serious climbing centres in Leeds. It’s colourful, exciting and challenging – it’s aimed at kids but adults are more than welcome to have a go too. There are 32 walls, each with their own theme and colour scheme. You might be using picks to scale the ice wall or leaping from platform to platform up-high. Even tiny tots can have a go with their Climb ’n Rhyme Story Time where they’ll rescue their favourite cuddly toy! There’s a cafe to relax in too while you get your kids hooked on climbing.

Clip ‘n Climb, Unit 3, Tristam Centre, Brown Lane West, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6BF. Prices start at £11.50 for adults and children.

The Big Depot

The Big Depot

The Big Depot is just like Depot Climbing, but, um, bigger. And it’s a bit closer to Leeds city centre. Instead of bouldering, the focus here is on rope climbing. You have over 60 top rope and lead lines to choose from, as well as auto-belays and a bouldering wall. They change the routes weekly, so you’ve always got something new to try. If you haven’t climbed before, there are beginner classes so you can learn to use the equipment confidently and without supervision. You can get one-to-one coaching and sessions for kids four and up here too!

The Big Depot, 100a Gelderd Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6BY. Entry starts at £9 for adults and £8 for under 18s. Monthly passes start from £36 per month.