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With indoor and outdoor climbing walls available, and natural rock faces for any experience level, Anglesey is perfect for a climbing holiday. With the option to book time with expert trainers on the island’s stunning cliffs or a few hours practice on one of the indoor walls, there’s enough for climbers of any level of experience to enjoy.

What is rock climbing?

A sport requiring participants to climb up, across, or down natural or artificial rock formations, rock climbing is an intense physical and mentally demanding sport which tests the full range of a climber’s physical and mental attributes in order to reach a predetermined summit. With climbs rated according to difficulty and technical skill, climbers are often able to assess their ability to tackle a particular climb based on community feedback.

Rock climbing is an activity that dates back millennia – with paintings dating back to second century BC in China depicting men rock climbing, but the pursuit has found new levels of popularity in the last few decades with the spread of indoor climbing walls and several television documentaries.

Best rock climbing locations on Anglesey

While Anglesey is famous for its sea climbs, these are not for everyone – and can be extremely daunting for beginners. Nevertheless, there are some fantastic trad climbs on the island along with some excellent indoor climbing available.

Outdoor

  • Craig Badrig: – With a mix of difficulty levels, climbs at Craig Badrig are ideal for mixed groups with routes that will challenge everyone involved. While you might not get to experience the sea like you would on one of the island’s famous sea cliff climbs, the views from the summit are still world class.
  • Holyhead Mountain: – There are around a hundred routes available at Holyhead Mountain and they run the full range of difficulty and technical requirements. Although the area is popular with outdoor activity providers, the mountain has more than enough routes to make it possible to find a quiet climb at any time of the year.

 

Indoor

  • Indy Climbing Wall: – A mainstay of climbing on the island, Indy Climbing Wall began as a military training facility before becoming a fantastic climbing venue open to all ages and levels of experience under owner operator Jon Ratcliffe. If you’re new to climbing, or want to polish your skills before setting out to tackle one of Anglesey’s world famous crags, you couldn’t hope for a better venue.

 

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Where to Book Lessons and Guided Climbs

Whether you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone to attempt a more difficult climb than normal or looking to take up the pursuit, Anglesey has some fantastic companies offering lessons and guided climbs.

Indy Climbing Wall

Tyddyn-y-Bwn,
Rhoscefnhir,
Pentraeth,
LL75 8YR

Offering supervised and unsupervised climbs that replicate a host of skill levels and technical difficulties, Indy Climbing Wall features more than 30 individual lead belays (most with two routes) and 25+ individual top ropes (again, most with two routes).

Taster sessions range between £45 per person for individuals and £150 total for a group of nine. Development sessions have a limit of four participants and costs £45 for a single person and £100 for a group of four – equipment is available to hire at the venue.

Anglesey Pursuits

53 Maeshyfryd Road,
Holyhead,
LL65 2AW

With a variety of supervised climbs running between 9am and 4:15pm, Anglesey Pursuits only requires that you bring yourself, a rucksack and some sensible clothes (and a picnic for full day bookings). Prices for activities include:

  • Half day (adult): – £45 per person
  • Half day (child): – £30 per child
  • Full day (adult): – £70 per person
  • Full day (child): – £50 per child

 
With plenty of selection in terms of kayak and expert tuition and supervision on the day, Anglesey Pursuits is great for beginners, or for anyone wanting to take a step up to the next difficulty level with a little support.

Adventure Activities Wales

2 Rowen Cottages,
Y Felinheli,
LL56 4RX

Offering climbing for all abilities, Adventure Activities Wales can provide you with everything you need, from helmets and harnesses to rock shoes and chalk, and will allow you to use your own equipment provided it passes inspection.

With full and half day excursions available for all ages, they provide the perfect opportunity to take up a hobby that will be with you a lifetime. Prices vary, but as a guide the price are as follows:

  • Half day (adult): – £50 per person
  • Half day (child): – £35 per child
  • Full day (adult): – £70 per person
  • Full day (child): – £50 per chil
  • Extended day (adult): – £80 per person
  • Extended day (child): – £60 per child

 

Anglesey Activities

Porthdafarch Rd,
Holyhead,
LL65 2LP

Offering supervised climbs for half or full days, Anglesey Activities provides the key safety equipment such as helmets, harnesses and ropes. You’ll need to take sensible clothes, a rucksack and any sundry items necessary for the day and conditions (warm or windproof clothing, sun cream, medication etc.)

Anglesey Activities cater for group activities (bookings of 8 people per instructor) and for a full range of experience levels. Prices vary, but for the half day are as follows:

  • Half day (adult): – £50 per person
  • Half day (child): – £35 per child

 
Knowledgeable and approachable trainers make climbs with Anglesey Activities perfect for families or groups with members that might need a little extra support.

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