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Preston Guild City


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Sitting at the heart of Lancashire, Preston is well positioned to a number of quality rock climbing quarries and crags catering for all those with a keenness to climb - from beginners making their first steps on real rock, through to more experienced climbers looking to push their grade to the next level.

West View Climbing and Leisure Centre

Located close to the city centre, West View Climbing and Leisure Centre offers both bouldering and roped climbing at all levels. With a dedicated boulder section providing a good mix of problems and a range of climbing walls, from top roping to an interesting choice of lead walls, the facility caters for climbers of all abilities.

For more information including opening times, prices, facilities and courses see Preston City Council – Climbing.

Outdoor climbing venues

For those drier days, there are a number of attractive locations sitting just outside the city centre. For trad climbing, nearby venues include Denham and Hoghton quarry. Both of these are great options, though Hoghton, in particular, is considered to be one of the best gritstone venues in the north of England. Travel a little further field and you’ll find Wilton and Anglezarke, both gems of the Lancashire climbing quarry scene.

In contrast, if bouldering is more your bag, Craig y Longridge offers an extensive traverse wall and a number of interesting bloc (straight up) problems to keep you well entertained.

Surrounding areas

Preston is excellently positioned for climbers of all abilities being within an hour or so drive from the Lake District and Yorkshire - a haven for any enthusiast. So, whether you fancy ticking a few Cumbrian classics (Dow Crag, Esk Buttress and Gimmer to name a few) or prefer a spot of sport climbing on some of Yorkshire's great limestone outcrops (from the big walls of Malham or Kilnsey to the mid-grade venue of Giggleswick South), you can be sure to enjoy some epic crag days out.

Google Map address of West View Climbing and Leisure Centre

West View leisure centre, West View, Preston, PR1 5EP.