Climbing for kids and beginners

Have a go at climbing to tick off number 46 from your list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾. 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. Instructors need to have a minimum of an SPA qualification, and preferably they will have an MIA or MIC qualification too. Here are some places we care for where you can try out climbing:

Climbing at Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks 

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.

Darwin boulders in Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia

Great Langdale campsite 

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.

Winter view of Windermere from Fell Foot

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.

Winter walker on the edge of Derwent Water, Lake District


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

Darwin boulders in Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia

Carneddau and Glyderau 

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.

Walkers exploring the Beacons Way path in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

Brecon Beacons

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

The Mournes, Murlough, National Trust

The Mournes

Groups can learn to rock climb and abseil in the beautiful Mourne Mountains with Clearsky Adventure.

Winter at Castle Ward

Castle Ward

You can pre-book the climbing wall at Castle Ward as part of an adventure package with Clearsky Adventure.

Sunset over Lizard Point, Cornwall

Castle Ward

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