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YHA Exciting new climbing centres for the North-West
    18/04/2013 10:32

Exciting new climbing centres for the North-West

 Work has begun on a new indoor climbing wall in Carlisle - only the second of its kind in the country. The Clip 'n Climb centre is now under construction and it is hoped that the facility will be opened to the public by May 6th.

Clip 'n Climb seeks to engage young people in climbing by creating bright and interesting climbing walls built around ideas and themes - not simply a stone-effect wall with a series of coloured handholds, as is the typical design. Following the successful opening of the first Clip 'n Climb in Exeter, the Carlisle site at the Wave Centre will feature 23 unique climbing wall experiences, and will be able to host family parties and large groups.

Kelly Donnelly, of Carlisle Leisure Limited which runs the centre, told the North-West Evening Mail: "It's an exciting time for everybody at the centre especially now that there is a team on site creating the new climbing arena."

With an automatic rope system to help pull people up some of the walls and guide them down again, Clip 'n Climb claims to be suitable for all ages, while wheelchair users will also be able to participate.

Interest in climbing is growing in the UK, and just last month a state-of-the-art climbing centre was opened at the Crewe campus of South Cheshire College. The wall can be booked for private parties and team-building events, as well as being open for one-one climbing tuition.

Graham Chafer, head of community leisure at the centre, told the Crewe Chronicle: "We're delighted to be launching this fantastic new centre, which will provide a perfect training base for climbers of all ages and abilities.

"We welcome anyone who wants to come and give it a try." If you want to learn some climbing skills at either of these great venues, why not make a proper break of it with a stay at one of our fantastic North-West hostels?

By Harry Hosteller

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