Learn to Rock Climb at UK’s Top Crags

Challenge yourself with a thrilling weekend of climbing the UK’s most beautiful limestone cliffs. 0 days off work.

Experience the world of rock climbing at a spectacular, close-to-home destination. Rock climbing is one of those sports that seems crazy at first, but by the end of the weekend you’ll be hooked. Learn to tie knots, belay safely, and climb cliff faces with confidence. Staying overnight at a local B&B allows you hit the crags two days in a row and truly hone your skills. By the end of the weekend you won’t believe how well you’re climbing. Your vertical adventure includes:

  • 2 days of guided rock climbing
  • 1 night of accommodation with breakfast
  • All climbing equipment
  • Private return transfers from London
  • Return transfer from local train station

Perfect for:
Aspiring rock climbers who want to immerse themselves in the world of rock climbing for a full weekend of fun, adrenaline and adventure.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Meals other than breakfast on Sunday morning
  • Drinks
  • Activity insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 4. However, even if you’re the only one booked on to the trip you can decide to pay a small surcharge to run the trip anyways.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

You’ll start by tying knots, learning to use your belay device, and exploring the basics of technique on a short, easy climb. After that, it’s onwards and upwards.

Your guide will take you to a variety of crags that offer sporty, easy climbing with excellent scenic beauty. The base of the crag is a fun place to rest and have conversations between climbs, even as you’re belaying another climber.

Rock climbing is one of those great sports where you make progress really quickly. You’ll amaze yourself with how well you’re climbing by the end of the second day. As you progress you’ll move into harder climbs where you can learn new skills and push your grade a bit. By the end of the weekend you’ll be hooked!

You need a basic level of fitness to enjoy a full weekend of climbing, but no previous experience is needed.

Breakfast is offered at the B&B on Sunday morning, but all other meals and snacks are up to you. Your guide will take you grocery shopping on Saturday evening to restock your supplies for Sunday. On Saturday evening you’ll go out to eat and drink with the group (not included).

Your guide will pick the location with the best weather for your trip. Summer temperatures in the climbing areas average 15 – 21 °C throughout the day.

Your host will provide all the necessary climbing gear, including your helmet, harness, climbing shoes and belay device.

Your host recommends you pack the following:

  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • Water bottles (about 2L)
  • Sanitary supplies for doing your business in nature
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Flexible, breathable trousers and shirts for climbing
  • Warm layers
  • Trainers or hiking shoes

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Portland, the Wye Valley and the Peak District are three of the top climbing areas in the UK. They each boast wild beauty, excellent climbs, and a range of routes that are guaranteed to keep you challenged and having fun all weekend.

  • Portland: A small island on the south coast, Portland is a climber’s heaven. The Jurassic coastline is full of history, both ancient and modern. You’ll climb over giant ammonite fossils and explore the great stone quarries (source of the stone for St Paul’s Cathedral) all with wonderful views over the sea.
  • Wye Valley: Following the path of a meandering river, the Wye Valley is an Area of Outstanding Beauty on the Welsh border. The crags catch a lot of sun, and the lovely surrounding woodland is home to a great variety of wildlife, including deer, game birds and rare birds of prey.
  • Peak District: One of the most popular climbing areas in the UK, the Peak District features weathered gritstone and limestone cliffs that overlook a beautiful landscape of heather-carpeted moorland. The crags here are close together, so it’s easy to chase sun or shade throughout the day.

Start point?
You’ll meet at an agreed-upon location in London on Saturday morning at 07:00. If you’re not coming from London you’ll meet your host at the train station nearest the climbing area. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You’ll be dropped off in London around 20:30 on Sunday evening. If you’re traveling elsewhere your host will drop you off at the train station nearest the climbing area around 17:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Your guide will personally drive you to the rock climbing area and back to London. You can travel on your own by car or train if you like, but there’s no cost savings in doing so.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Get ready for a weekend of steep cliffs and awesome views. Your guide will plan the trip based on the weather and your suggestions so you might climb in Portland, the Wye Valley, or the Peak District. No matter where you end up, you’ll find top-notch climbing and a whole lot of adventure.

Example Itinerary

Saturday: Head to Portland and climb all day

Don’t hit the snooze button: your guide is picking you up at 07:00 to start your adventure.

Drive 3 hours to Portland, a small island on the south coast. Head to the island’s interior for an easy warm up at the Cuttings crag.

Knot tying, belaying and the basics of climbing technique are the important lessons of the day. Practice your new skills on 25m limestone cliffs.

Break for lunch, then move to the Bower for some bigger climbs. Scale to the top of the Lady in the Bower, then try your hand at Sunlovers’ Slab and Nicodemus Knob.

Call it a day and head to Weymouth for much-needed relaxation. Check into your B&B, then grab dinner and drinks at a local pub.

Rest up: tomorrow’s another big day.

Sunday: Climb all day, then back to London

Fuel up with breakfast at the guesthouse, then drive back out to the crags.

Warm up at Block Slab, then move to the beach to scale the incredible Diamond Slabs. Don’t forget to appreciate the epic sea view from the top.

Learn some advanced techniques and push your grade. You’re already climbing way better than yesterday.

Check out some ammonite fossils, then break for lunch at the base of the next crag.

Tackle the exciting Triple Slabs, then finish the day at the incredibly photogenic Fallen Slab.

At 16:30 it’s time to pack up the gear and head home to plan your next climbing adventure.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.


Because your itinerary will depend on the weather that weekend, it’s unknown which town you’ll be staying in. Wherever you are, you’ll stay at a friendly, local guesthouse or B&B with comfortable ensuite rooms.

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