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Rock Climbing in the United Kingdom

Discover the stunning scenery and varied terrains of the United Kingdom from the rocks!

From introductory rock climbing trips to the Lake District to sustained ascents of sea stacks in Scotland, the United Kingdom is home to plenty of great rock climbing opportunities. Enjoy stunning scenery as you climb in a variety of different places throughout the island! Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Rock Climbing trips to the United Kingdom. The mountains are calling!
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

paul Rand

5.00

October, 2022

1+ day Rock Climbing in Lake District, North West England

Had a brilliant time kids loved it Paul was excellent will be definitely booking again

Jinhe Wang

5.00

September, 2022

1+ day Rock Climbing in Lake District, North West England

Had a great day out with my instructor Paul who was very helpful in introducing me to trad climbing and getting me to be very comfortable on the rocks. We did six 1-pitch climbs and one multi-pitch climb while enjoying the phenomenal view of Langdale amongst many Herdwick sheeps. Would have extended the experience if I had more time and definitely would do it again.

Madalina Matei

5.00

August, 2022

Introductory Rock Climbing Course in Ben Nevis and Glencoe

Thanks to Scott for a great intro to trad climbing day. We learnt about all the necessary basics needed for leading trad and my partner got the chance to lead a diff. It was his very first trad lead and he was extremely happy to have the opportunity, with Scott on a static rope beside him to check gear placements etc. Scott was very knowledgeable, answered all questions we had and was overall a great teacher. Would book more activities with him in the future.

JAKE MITCHELL

5.00

August, 2022

Climb the classic multi-pitch routes in the Snowdonia National Park in Wales

It was all great. Thanks so much

Uta Schorn-Rhodes

5.00

August, 2022

Ascent of the In Pinn on Skye Island

Our guide Will Manners was great. He was very patient with us and made us feel safe throughout. We would highly recommend him to anyone planning to climb the Inn Pin. It was a fabulous experience and some members of the family are already planning the 2-day traverse of the Ridge.

Steve Glynn

5.00

August, 2022

Introductory rock climbing course in Snowdonia

Thanks so much to John for an awesome day. The kids absolutely loved it and said at the end it was one of the holiday fortnight's best days.

Dorothy KammererDoak

5.00

June, 2022

Climb the classic multi-pitch routes in the Snowdonia National Park in Wales

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Ben Speller

5.00

April, 2022

Introductory rock climbing course in Snowdonia

we had Rhen as our guide/instructor for an introductory day rock climbing. He met us outside our hotel nice and early. he was very knowledgeable, patient and helpful and we would definitely book again. the whole booking process was very easy.

John Rodigan

5.00

October, 2021

Ascent of the In Pinn on Skye Island

Almost died, but didn’t. 5/5

Matt Haag

5.00

September, 2021

1+ day Rock Climbing in Scotland

Fantastic experience in glorious weather. Paul did a great job in keeping us all safe while setting us some interesting challenges. Highly recommended!

Angela Orban

5.00

September, 2021

Climb the classic multi-pitch routes in the Snowdonia National Park in Wales

This was our first outdoor climbing experience and we loved it. We can highly recommend James who planned a full day of climbing around our wishes. Thank you James for this unforgettable day.

Grace Illidge Illidge

5.00

September, 2021

1-day Rock climbing for beginners in Snowdonia, near Llanberis, Capel Curig or Tremadog

I had an amazing 2 days spent with James climbing. I was new to climbing and have now fallen in love with the sport thanks to James’ incredible teaching and adventures. James spent time getting to know me which allowed him to cater the course to what I wanted to achieve. The days flew by way too quickly as I was having too much fun. I will definitely be booking in some dates soon for some more adventuring and climbing. Thank you James :-) and I will definitely be recommending you to everyone I know.

Jessica Gebbett

5.00

October, 2019

1+ day Rock Climbing in Lake District, North West England

Had a great day out climbing with Paul and his lovely dog Harry. Paul was a wealth of information for us. We came over from America and he was even so helpful to give us a lift. Super friendly wish would had more time for another day of climbing!

Tal Peleg Lieblich

5.00

August, 2019

Guided rock climbing in the Lake District

We had a wonderful climbing day with Nick. Thanks a lot!

William McEwan

5.00

June, 2019

1+ day Rock Climbing in Scotland

Paul is the man! Great guide.

Nathaniel Mackinnon

5.00

June, 2019

Climb the classic multi-pitch routes in the Snowdonia National Park in Wales

James was excellent. Planned the day really well. He offered very helpful advice and is an awesome guy to spend a day climbing with.

Lisa Willsher

5.00

May, 2019

Introductory rock climbing course in Snowdonia

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Anne Stewart

5.00

August, 2018

Winter climbing in Highlands, Ben Nevis and Cairngorms

Euan is an excellent leader and seems to have a great gift of knowing the abilities of those he is leading. He definitely creates even more enthusiasm and enjoyment : even when I am going to have a really great day, he makes it even better!

Ian McIntosh

5.00

July, 2018

Winter climbing in Highlands, Ben Nevis and Cairngorms

Some of the best days I have had in the winter hills have been those guided by Euan. The climbing is always challenging, for me, but his calm reassurance and expertise always results in an enjoyable and memorable day.I am already looking forward to doing more routes with him next winter!

Tim

5.00

June, 2018

Climbing and scrambling in Scotland

Euan was great and I would recommend him to others.

Jim Parsons

5.00

June, 2018

Winter climbing in Highlands, Ben Nevis and Cairngorms

I was fortunate enough to have Euan as my Guide for my first alpine adventure. Euan’s patience, knowledge and humour made our trip challenging, rewarding, educational and above all fun. I would not hesitate to book him for future outgoings and recommend him highly to anyone who is looking for a guide in the mountains or on the crag.

Paul Murphy

5.00

March, 2018

Winter climbing in Highlands, Ben Nevis and Cairngorms

Spending a day in the hills with Euan is always a pleasure: Summer or Winter he will always ensure that you’re experience of the day will be remembered. His leadership style and skills are excellent and he is always willing to instruct and pass knowledge on no matter what the activity is.


 

There are many reasons for choosing Rock Climbing in United Kingdom

Boasting rugged mountains, verdant valleys, pristine lakes and incredible coastlines, the United Kingdom has plenty of incredible scenery to see and explore. Among the best ways to do so is to head out on a rock climbing adventure. Most rock climbing trips are in some of the UK’s most beautiful spots and give you the opportunity to gain some elevation and appreciate the stunning landscapes and amazing views stretching out below.

 

Good to know:

Country Code:

+44

Best time to visit:

May to October

Currency:

Pound sterling (GBP)

Language:

English, Welsh, Gaelic

What’s the weather like?

The UK has a temperate climate in spite of its northern latitude. This generally means that the country experiences cool and wet winters and warm and wet summers. Average temperatures tend to sit around 5 ºC (41 ºF) or more in the winter and reach 15 ºC (59 ºF) or more in the summer

How to get there:

This generally depends on where you are heading in the country. Trips to England’s Lake and Peak districts (where most outdoor activities take place) generally begin with a flight into Manchester Airport (MAN). Trips to Scotland generally begin with a flight into Glasgow Airport (GLA). And trips to Wales generally begin with a flight into either Cardiff Airport (CFL) or Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL). From any of these airports, it is easiest to rent a car and drive to your final destination

More info about Rock Climbing in United Kingdom:

Composed of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the United Kingdom is a small but diverse place and full of plenty of great rock climbing opportunities for participants of every level. Since Scotland is the nation within the UK that is home to the most mountains, it stands to reason that some of the best rock climbing can be done here. Aside from Cuillin Ridge, many novice climbers opt to challenge themselves on the slopes of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak. For those looking for a challenge with a view, look no further than the Old Man of Hoy, off the Orkney Islands. The five-pitch 135-meter (443-foot) sea stack presents plenty of technical challenges all the way up, but yields simply stunning views of the North Sea. Away from Scotland, there are still plenty of great rock climbing opportunities in England and Wales. In the former, the Lake District is a popular destination, with plenty of great ascents for intermediate climbers and novices alike. Farther south, the Forest of Dean boasts various rock climbing opportunities as well that combine incredible forest scenery with fairly challenging cliff wall ascents. In Wales, Snowdonia National Park is the most popular rock climbing spot. Boasting plenty of great multi-pitch trad climbing hotspots and incredible views, there is little wonder that the park is one of the most popular climbing destinations in all of the UK

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