Loughborough University

Climbing Wall


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Climbing Walls








OS ref. SK512186 (Sheet 129)



The climbing wall is outdoors and unlit and so it is not much use in the winter.  However, it faces south‑west and can be very pleasant on a summer's evening.  The wall is about 15m long and 5m high.  The holds are a mixture of bricks, recesses and rocks all fixed in a vertical brick wall.  Very good for the fingers but no cracks.  There are no anchorages at the top so once you get up you have to get down again.  There are a variety of routes but the repeated traverse is probably most popular.  Passing on this is difficult and so the wall is crowded with one or two climbers.  The pea gravel at the bottom means that you can jump off from quite high and land comfortably.



From junction 23 on the M1 take the A512 to Loughborough.  Take the first turning marked "University" off to the right.  The road is currently (June, 1992) being dualled and so these instructions may be outdated.  The turning into the University is a dual carriageway.  Go to the T junction and turn right under a building which bridges over the road.  There is a car park on the right and the wall can be seen just down the hill.


Although on private ground the University has an open campus and so access is not currently a problem.