Climb the walls of St Werburgh’s Church


Test your strength as you climb up the walls of this fifteenth century church on an activity break in Bristol.

When the architects set about creating St Werburgh’s Church back in the fifteenth century, it is pretty unlikely they envisaged their handiwork eventually being used by intrepid climbers rather than rapturous worshippers. But that’s exactly what happened.

Today, the church’s tower (yes, even the gargoyles) has been transformed into the Bristol Climbing Centre, an innovative climbing space. Don’t worry though, you won’t have to clamber up the side like King King. All climbing is done indoors on a 12-metre wall and a 250 square-metre dedicated bouldering area. First timers will probably be a little daunted, but a taster session spent learning the basics should allay those fears.

Experts, meanwhile, we be like harness-clad pigs in ordure when they clock the 150 routes available. It can be tricky, with certain sections of the wall requiring you to tackle ultra-tricky pillars, fins, overhangs and arches. So be prepared to unleash your inner-Spiderman. The key to success? Stay calm, look for your hold, and maintain those three points of contact.

The thrill of reaching the top is unrivalled but even if you fail there’s something satisfying about falling to the matting below.Afterwards, pop into the Duke of York for an ale and a spot of skittles. And if you don’t have the strength to raise the glass to your lips, there’s no shame in asking for a straw.

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