Having waited with eager expectation for the new climbing facility in Maryport, I can only say that massive disappointment does not go far enough to describe my feelings. Having visited and climbed at many of the indoor climbing walls in the Uk and some abroad, I feel that the badly needed addition of a top class wall for West Cumbrian climbers has once again not been offered. The only half decent local one being in Keswick. This fun based, clip 'n' climb facility is not in any way an actual climbing centre, granted, so why have Leo Houlding, one of the top climbers around to open it.
I also feel sorry for locals and tourists who may not know how much they are being ripped off in admission fees. Top class climbing centres only charge £6.00 to £8.00 to climb for as long as you wish on the day you visit. Maryport clip 'n' climb at £13.00 for just one and a half hours, - the first half hour of which is for safety briefing etc -giving just one hour for climbing is nothing short of scandalous. What an absolute ripoff!!