Brighton is a seaside resort on the south east coast of the UK in Sussex. It has a vibrant climbing community focussed around two climbing centres. There is also fairly quick access to London, so check out our London guide too. Also of note are the lively and inclusive women’s climbing group, Vertigirls and the LGBT group Not So Trad, which has a strong female membership.
High Sports Brighton is part of the Withdean Sports Complex so you can go to the gym, have a sauna or a game of squash as well as visiting the wall. They have approx 130 routes on the top ropes and lead walls as well as a bouldering area with routes from VB to V7. There are two ‘bays’ from leading and top roping – Bay 1 has a shorter wall which is less daunting for nervous climbers as well as some lovely slab and overhanging routes. The lead wall is in Bay 2 as is the auto belay and a variety of nice routes from 4s to gnarly 7s. There is an upstairs training area with all the equipment your muscles could need. The routes are reset regularly either by staff in house or guest setters like Emma Twyford. There are vending machines in the wall for refreshments although there is a cafe upstairs in the sports centre reception. There is wheelchair access to the wall but not the training area.
High Sports Brighton Address
Withdean Sports Complex, Tongdean Lane, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 5JD
T: 0845 363 1177
Entry price for adults: £9.25 (peak times)/£8.30(off peak)
No women’s club
Boulder Brighton is a friendly venue on the outskirts of Brighton (well, Hove). They have 350 boulder problems for you to get your teeth stuck into – slabs, overhangs, roofs and ‘The Duck’ a fun top-out boulder. There is a small training area as well. They have regular yoga or calisthenics for climbing classes and on-site physio appointments. Boulder Brighton hosts regular comps and events as well as coaching from the likes of Leah Crane.
Boulder Brighton Address
Victoria Road Trading Estate, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 1XQ
T: 01273 422408
No women’s club
There is a vast list of money saving multi-buy options and concession prices for students, over 65s and unemployed people
This is a super exciting and successful women’s climbing community group that was founded in March 2008 by a woman with physical and mental health issues. She felt passionate about sharing the benefits that rock climbing had given her with other women. Initially a Can Do grant from the Scarman trust enabled Vertigirls to run free women only climbing courses at the Rock Court indoor climbing wall in Brighton with a qualified instructor. The courses proved so successful that a women’s climbing club was formed within 6 months. It’s still going strong and you can find out more on the Vertigirls website.
4. Not So trad
No So Trad is on the list to reflect the diversity of women who climb and to meet the needs of underrepresented people within the climbing community. With Emily Pitts, Womenclimb Founder, fitting into the LGBTQ+ bracket, she felt that including the group here might be useful to other LBGTQ+ women looking for support, psyche and climbing fun.
This is what the group say about themselves on the Not So Trad website:
We are a very friendly group of climbers of all ages, grades and aspirations. The group is mixed with an equal gender balance. We welcome all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender climbers and their friends to enjoy climbing in a fun and friendly atmosphere and to progress in the sport.
NOT SO TRAD are into all styles of climbing: trad climbing (leader placed protection), sport climbing, alpine climbing and bouldering, as well as top-roping on southern sandstone. We trad climb, but we are NOT SO TRAD.
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