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Sitting at the heart of Lancashire, Preston is well positioned to a number of quality rock climbing quarries and crags catering for all those with a keenness to climb - from beginners making their first steps on real rock, through to more experienced climbers looking to push their grade to the next level.
Boulder UK Preston
Located just outside the city, Boulder UK Preston offers a premier dedicated bouldering venue, providing one of the best training facilities in the North West.
With a vast range of creative problems and impressive training area (including circuits boards and varying degree campus boards), the venue is a great place for both beginners to elite athletes looking to get stronger and take their performance to new levels.
For more information, including opening times and prices, see Facebook - Boulder UK Preston.
West View Climbing and Leisure Centre
Close to the city centre, West View Climbing and Leisure Centre offers both bouldering and roped climbing at all levels. Their dedicated boulder section provides a good mix of problems and a range of climbing walls. From top roping to an interesting choice of lead walls, the facility caters for climbers of all abilities.
For more information, including opening times, prices, facilities and courses see Better - Climbing.
Clip n Climb
Stepping aside from the conventional climbing scene, clip and climb offers a fun experience for kids, with 20 unique climbing challenges to try and extra surprises, such as a vertical drop slide.
With toddler and group bookings, plus parties and even fitness classes, everyone can get it on the action and enjoy something a little bit different from the norm!
For more information, including opening times and prices, see Clip n Climb Preston.
Outdoor climbing venues
For those drier days, there are a number of attractive locations sitting just outside the city centre. For traditional climbing, nearby venues include Denham and Hoghton quarry. Both of these are great options, though Hoghton, in particular, is considered to be one of the best gritstone venues in the north of England. Travel a little further afield and you’ll find Wilton and Anglezarke, both gems of the Lancashire climbing quarry scene.
In contrast, if bouldering is more your bag, Craig y Longridge offers an extensive traverse wall and a number of interesting bloc (straight up) problems to keep you well entertained.
Preston is excellently positioned for climbers of all abilities, being within an hour or so drive from the Lake District and Yorkshire - a haven for any enthusiast. So, whether you fancy ticking off a few Cumbrian classics (Dow Crag, Esk Buttress and Gimmer to name a few) or prefer a spot of sport climbing on some of Yorkshire's great limestone outcrops (from the big walls of Malham or Kilnsey to the mid-grade venue of Giggleswick South), you can be sure to enjoy some epic crag days out.
Map addresses for climbing in Preston
- West View leisure centre, West View, Preston, PR1 5EP.
- Boulder UK, 3B Carnfield Place, Walton Summit, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 8AN.
- Clip n Climb Preston, Unit 1-4 Wyder Court, Preston, PR2 5BW.