So, climbing – it’s just for elite athletes and adrenaline junkies and maybe Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, right?
Well think again thanks to the good folk at ROKT indoor climbing – home to one of the UK’s biggest climbing walls and the ROKTAGON, Europe’s only bouldering centre of its kind.
But as a day out, it’s perfect for anyone with an open mind – especially if you’ve never climbed anything bigger then a fence.
The team at the Brighouse centre have built the attraction around a community feel, completely inclusive, and now welcome climbers from two-years-old upwards.
Daredevils can of course take on the skyscraping climbing walls which test some of the UK’s best climbers who are regulars at the centre.
But for beginners, it’s a dream. The experienced instructors understand the fear factor that plays on people’s minds and use equipment and coaching to help you take your first steps – whether you’re a toddler or a grandparent – and everything inbetween.
A good tip is to try out one of their taster sessions to see how you like it and learn the ropes as it were, with full beginners’ courses on offer too.
Among the gems inside the cavernous building is the top-rope climbing, housed in four individual former grain silos, and each one is 16-metres tall and can hold up to three climbing pairs at a time.
The 21-metre lead wall, the tallest of its kind in Yorkshire, offers slab, vertical and overhanging routes with half-height anchors available for climbers not wanting to go the full height.
The penthouse is where even more action is at with the ROKTAGON, which is an ingenious set of obstacles that builds on the global phenomenon that is bouldering.
And the centre is home to more than just climbing.
There’s a spa on site providing a bookable range of treatments and cafe bar too – great for enjoying a timeout with views over the canal.
For those who prefer wheel-based fun, the giant complex is also home to an indoor skate park and shop where you can hone your skills and your fashion.
There’s even a dedicated kids room with mini-boulders, wall and ball pool for the youngest.
The speed at which this attraction keeps growing means that by the time this hits the presses, they’ve probably extended the centre again.
Price: Adults from £4-£8, children £4-£6, concessions £4-£7 )
Opening Times: Daily (see website)
Address: Mill Royd Street, Brighouse, West Yorkshire
Car Parking: On site and street
Attraction Website: www.rokt.co.uk
Telephone: 01422 893 710
Sat Nav: HD6 1EY