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“Great value for money”

Awesome Walls Climbing Centre Stockport
Ranked #1 of 24 Fun & Games in Stockport
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great value for money”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

My youngest attended lessons here last year and loved it. Fantastic place great staff and lovely cafe. Everything you need you can hire here, so was great fof my son to 'try before you buy' hobby. Recommend to everyone, free wifi for spectators too bonus.

Visited November 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“fun”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

this is a great place for adults and family to enjoy a different way to exercise. We have taken Nephews here who loved it, something different to do and a great way to get the kids hooked on climbing.

Visited June 2013
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“Great bouldering. Good staff, chatty and knowledgeable.”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

I used to do a bit of climbing as a teenager but I've been off for a few years. Awesome walls is a great place to relearn some things.

The staff are chatty, experienced climbers, hot on the safety aspect of things and pretty friendly.

At £10 for unlimited time bouldering including shoe hire and chalk it's great value. I only went twice before buying my own gear anyway so it's only £6 a session now. Good loyalty schemes too.

The first week I went was a little overwhelming but the other climbers there are easy going and happy to chat so I was put at ease quickly. Pleanty of variety in routes and things get changed round regularly so it doesn't get boring.

Visited January 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The opinion of an experienced climber”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Lets start off with the good...

This is by far the biggest indoor wall I've been to and there should be enough climbing here for everyone's needs from bouldering to top roping to lead, there are even times when dry tooling is available.

The staff are pretty hot on general safety and this is a big deal in climbing, just because it's an indoor wall doesn't mean you can't get severally injured or even die. Myself and my girlfriend were both asked to demonstrate how to 'tie in' and asked general safety questions before we were allowed to climb.

The V12 shop within the centre is good with a large selection of equipment at reasonable prices.

Now for the bad...

The staff were miserable and seemed to have 'the attitude'. Within the climbing scene there are various 'clicks' and that's very much how I felt in the centre, like I had to prove myself before I would be treated with respect. New climbers might want to come on a quiet week day before you face the wolves on a Wet Sunday when it's busy.

It gets hot, the bouldering room gets face meltingly hot! It was 20 degrees outside however it was 30+ in the bouldering room and the big industrial fans just move the hot air around unless you are sitting on top of them.

The vast majority of the holds in the bouldering room were dirty/greasy which made the lower grade climbs a lot harder. No amount of brushing these holds would get them to a reasonable condition and new climbers would probably struggle here and just slip off most routes. They did however get considerably better at V4 or above but that's probably due to the fact considerably fewer people climb at this level. There were a few dirty holds on the roped climbs however most were decent.

The grading in the centre was pretty sketchy, there were a couple of 5+ routes which were harder than some of the 6a routes. I know the grades are only a rough guide but the difference there is considerable. This would suggest the route setter(s) are either inexperienced at setting, setting at the limit of their ability or even worse setting outside of their limit.

And finally, this is a big deal for me, kids and climbing. How can someone belay a child and keep control of the other 4 children in their group? It happened to both myself and my girlfriend when we were belaying each other and a child was between the belayer and the wall. If the climber were to have a fall that child is in prime position of getting slammed into the wall pretty hard! Even worse parents who walking under climbers as they take pictures of their child.

Children climb and move up the wall while looking down at their feet, personally I'd want my child to be wearing a helmet at its not that hard to smack your head into a hold by moving up in this manor. Belaying someone down to the ground who is out cold is not going to end well!

Visited July 2013
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Stockport, England, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

A great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Staff at the climbing wall are friendly and welcoming. The walls are truly awesome and have a great range of difficulties to ensure there are climbs accessible to everyone.

If you are looking for a climbing wall look no further! If you live nearby take up climbing and make awesome walls your second home!

Visited June 2013
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