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About Keswick Climbing Wall

Keswick Climbing Wall and Outdoor Activity Centre has something to keep every member of your group or family happy – whether they’re into rock climbing and ghyll scrambling, kayaking and canoeing or archery and mountain walking.

The centre is just 5 minutes’ drive from central Keswick next to Castlerigg Stone Circle and boasts amazing views to Helvellyn, Blencathra and the Pennines.

There’s indoor climbing, bouldering and archery all year round, so it’s ideal if it’s wet. Climbing lessons are available if you’ve never tried it before, while experienced climbers have a good range of challenges to test them.

Rain won’t stop play outside either and there are loads of outdoor activities too, all with qualified instruction, quality equipment, and suitable for all ages. Outdoor sessions last three hours and booking is essential, so call to check availability and full details.

Every Day is an Adventure!

Our outdoor sessions cover everything from ghyll scrambling with the chance to jump off waterfalls, slide down water-chutes and dive into plunge pools, to kayaking and canoeing on Derwentwater, rock climbing, and high ropes up in the tree tops.

If you’re brave enough, head up to the 170m zipwire, which offers amazing views of Helvellyn, Blencathra and Skiddaw as you zip over the fellside. There’s also the chance to enjoy an adventure day with high ropes, archery, orienteering, and indoor climbing.

We also have an exciting Field Archery course. After a session on traditional archery targets to hone your shooting skills you are led by an Instructor through the woodland around the centre “hunting” our specially made foam creatures. Hares to herons, deer to badgers are all hiding out in the woods and with the changing terrain, weather and undergrowth, tracking your dinner becomes a bit more challenging. See where you end up on the Leader-board as points are awarded depending on what area of the creature you hit. Sessions are £30.00 pp, run daily 12pm to 2pm, you must be 16 years and over to take part and we need a minimum of 2 / maximum of 4. Wellies or boots are essential as you are walking through natural woodland, which can be wet.

Younger kids will love the Rookery Woods Adventure Play – designed for little adventurers aged eight and under with zip-wire, archery, climbing, slides, maze, low ropes, orienteering, sheep hunt and more.

The new on-site Hungry Heifer Cafe will keep everyone on the move throughout the day, while there’s free on-site parking too. The only problem is deciding what to try first …..!!


  • 40 top ropes each with 3 or 4 routes on each

  • 100sqm of bouldering

  • 170m Zip Wire

  • Orienteering Course

  • Indoor & Outdoor Archery

  • Canoes and Kayaks

  • Indoor Climbing Wall

  • Field Archery Course

  • High Ropes Course

  • Free parking
  • Hungry Heifer Café
  • Safety equipment for all activities
  • Qualified and skilled instructors
  • Rookery Woods Children’s Adventure Playground
  • Stunning views over Blencathra
  • Activities suitable for all ages & abilities


Joining the team in 1997, Debbie has wide experience working in the outdoor industry, hospitality and customer care. Looking after the bookings at Newlands Adventure Centre, Debbie has also taken on the management of Keswick Climbing Wall and has led the company’s sustainability drive that has won national awards and recognition.
BrianAssistant Manager
Brian joined the Newlands team in 2011 and was promoted to Assistant Manager in 2014. Brian is responsible for the day to day running of the activities and also helps out in the centre wherever he is needed.
SamSenior Instructor
Sam joined the team in 2014 and was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2015. He has become a valued member of the team at Newlands and at Keswick Climbing Wall.

Ready to give it a go?

If you are looking for something new to try then why not book on a climbing lesson for only £20 per person. Click here for further information or give us a call.

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