Climbing for kids and beginners

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Have a go at climbing to tick off number 46 from your list of 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4. Climbing can be great fun, but please remember that you must only climb in a supervised environment and with a helmet.

All indoor climbing walls will offer training, but if you're climbing outdoors you need to hire a qualified instructor. Instructor's need to have a minimum of an SPA qualification. Preferably they will have an MIA or MIC qualification too.

Here are some great places to try out climbing:

Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire
Brimham's varied and dramatic natural landscape makes it an exciting place for climbing. Children as young as seven years old can have a go at one of our family-friendly events.

The Lake District, Cumbria
Gorge scrambling, at Stickle Ghyll, is perfect for beginners and children as young as five. Bouldering lessons are also available. These are just a few of the many activities on offer at Great Langdale campsite.

Kids can climb trees with ropes, knots and karabiners at Fell Foot Park. You can also hire rowing boats and kayaks here from April-October.

Scrambling for beginners is available at Cam Crag Ridge, in the Langstrath Valley.

Kids can try abseiling at Keswick. The Keswick Climbing Wall provides everything you need to safely practise rock climbing as well as abseiling - with trained instructors on hand too.

Carneddau & Glyderau, Snowdonia
The slabs and faces of Tryfan and Cwm Idwal are famous climbing spots. Training is available for kids, beginners and experienced climbers at the National Mountaineering Centre at Plas y Brenin.

Brecon Beacons, Powys
There are indoor facilities for beginners here and more experienced climbers can arrange an outdoor session.

The Mournes, County Down
Groups can learn to rock climb and abseil in the beautiful Mourne Mountains with Clearsky Adventure. Call 028 4372 3933 for more information.

Castle Ward, County Down
You can pre-book the climbing wall at Castle Ward, as part of an adventure package with Clearsky Adventure. Call 028 4372 3933 for more information.

The Lizard, Cornwall
Half day and full day rock climbing lessons are available on the Lizard, with Lizard Adventure.