Outdoor Rock Climbing courses in Leeds

High quality rock climbing instruction in Yorkshire.

email dave on dave@wildspacesuk.com for details.

I had several choices about where to go to university when I left Birmingham – I had offers from Bangor, Sheffield and Leeds. I chose Leeds as my centre because of the world class rock climbing and have never regretted it.

Having been a teacher for over 20 years I now work as a rock climbing instructor in Leeds and offer a full range of rock climbing courses both indoor and outside for all ages and abilities, whether you want to find out what it’s all about to advanced performance coaching I have something for you.

It’s a great central location with plenty of high quality rock climbing both indoors and outdoors within a half hour radius of Leeds city centre. Some of my favourite venues are:



What can I say, Almscliffe (or The Cliffe to locals, or even GAC if you’re a Cliffe geek)) has become my spiritual home, the crag I go to when I need to relax and climb the stress away. Situated on the outskirts of Leeds,  very easy access and a plethora of super high quality rock climbing mean that it remains the number one destination for climbers both local and visiting. It also has the benefit of being quick drying although that does mean it can be quite windy.

There is something for everyone here whether you are just starting out and pushing your grade into the extremes. My favourite rock climbing days are the HVS day – climbing the urgent Overhanging Groove, the spaced out Great Western, the committing Demon Wall and the pumpy Birdlime Traverse – all superb three star outings. My favourite extreme day is Z Climb Eliminate, Black Wall Eliminate, Western Front, Wall of Horrors and if I’m feeling very fit and brave The Big Greeny. Again, a high quality three star experience and  a mind blowing extreme day out.

The bouldering is unsurpassed and has some of the highest concentration of high quality boulder problems in Yorkshire so bring a pad and enjoy a great day out.

I run my Bouldering Workshops at Almscliffe, see the Rock Climbing page for more details and booking.


Caley and The Chevin


With super quick and convenient access from Leeds, Caley has always been a popular destination for local climbers, the bus stops right under the boulders so it’s very popular with university students and there’s no excuse to go.

It is on the opposite side of the valley to Almscliffe so it’s shady aspect can offer welcome relief in the summer months (beware of the triffid like bracken though). However, Caley comes into its own during the Spring and early Summer when the bracken is low and the leaves are still young enough to let the light through.

Caley is somewhere I go to boulder, although there are plenty of great routes. The routes are mostly in the high extremes so it’s not really a venue for beginners. The bouldering, however, is fantastic and you will not be disappointed. There are so many to choose from it’s difficult to give my favourites – a though The Right Wall on Thin Slab (F6b+), Blockbuster (F7c), Ripper Traverse (F6b+ – but feels E2), Otley Wall (F6a+), Rabbit’s Paw Wall (HVS 5b), Lightning Crack (F6b+) are all awesome. The Yorkshire Gritstone guide has a great circuit called the  Roadside Ramble and is a brilliant day out.

I often run my privately guided Performance Bouldering days at Caley. See the Rock Climbing page for further details.

email dave@wildspacesuk.com for details

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