If you are under 18 and want to climb at The Foundry, you must either have taken the Top rope Assessment, or be signed in by a registered adult member.
You can only take the Top Rope Assessment once you have turned 14. So if you are under 14, you must be signed in by a registered adult member in order to climb. Alternatively, you can have an instruction session.
Any climber from 14 to 17 years of age (inclusive) must either be signed in by a registered adult climber, or adopt the To Rope procedure. This involves demonstrating competence in performing the basic safety procedures showing you are aware of how to stay safe whilst at the centre to a qualified instructor.
Demonstration sessions take place on Thursday evenings as part of Young Climbers Club. If the young person is under 16 yrs old their parent or guardian must visit the centre to sign a consent form, for those aged 16+ the consent form can be taken home to be signed.
The Top Rope card does not permit the young person to lead climb or lead belay. For this they must pass the Leader Card which can be taken at the same time as the Top Rope Card demonstration. For more information please contact us.
A registered Adult climber can bring a maximum of two novice or under 18 guests for a climbing session.
Please note: Guests who are novice climbers (i.e. very little or no climbing experience) should only belay when backed up by a competent, registered member of The Foundry.
Competent adult climbers will be required to register as individual members, the guest procedure is just for under 18’s and novice climbers.
The competent climber must sign their guests in and agree to provide tuition in the basic safety procedures if their guests are not experienced climbers, and full supervision throughout the session. The registered climber is responsible for their guests’ safety and safe behaviour during that time.
The Foundry Climbing Centre
45 Mowbray Street,
How to find us by car
We are located about 500 yards from junction 9 of the inner ring road, just follow the brown signs to “Foundry Climbing Centre”
Customers can park for free in the Foundry Courtyard, or it is usually possible to park on the road outside (urban clearway restrictions apply).