Rokt Climbing Gym review
What's the best thing about Rokt...
- Privacy in the silos for top rope climbing
- Lots of bouldering across a good range of grades
If we could improve one thing it would be...
Heating - Rokt Climbing Centre can be freezing in winter!! The lighting in some of the silos isn't great either, so it can be quite dark when you get near the top of routes.
Womenclimb's Grading of Rokt Climbing Centre:
|Value for Money||4/5|
I've been climbing at Rokt fairly regularly over the past 2 years after having done a ladies course to get me back into climbing after a ten year break. The centre is just near the centre of Brighouse in West Yorkshire, and is in old flour silos so you can't miss it, as it towers above the other buildings. Parking is easy as there is a cheap car park opposite.
The staff are really friendly and there is always someone in reception to greet you and help you out. The instructors on the Ladies course I completed were very friendly and helpful.
There is a bar/café area for hot drinks and snacks but no availability for other food. I guess Brighouse town centre is a only a short walk away.
Rokt doesn't have a dedicated shop but does sell a small range of their own t-shirts and hoodies, as well as essentials such as chalk.
Rokt run a lot of courses for young people and dedicated learn to climb courses for women. Their instructors are friendly and the courses fun to participate in. They also run taster sessions for families, ladies only and also dry tooling if you're considering ice climbing.
Find out more about Rokt courses and facilities.
Rokt Climbing Gym - Prices
Prices at the wall are similar to other walls of similar size - for example MCC in Manchester. You can find out more about prices on the Rokt website. It's not advertised anywhere, but if you have completed one of their ladies day courses you can get discounted climbing, so ask about this at reception before you pay.
Route setting and climbing
Rokt is like a rabbit warren of tope rope silos and bouldering rooms over a number of floors. There's a really good selection of routes with plenty to suit all abilities. There's not a lot of leading climbing space though. In terms of grades, there's a good spread here for all abilities. I like climbing at Rokt as the silos are small and only allow 9 people in each, (there's 4 rooms) which means in the evening it's possible for you to have a silos to yourself - meaning only your belay partner can hear you swear!
However, the routes are not set frequently and while they are graded clearly, there is often a massive difference between routes which are given the same grading.
The bouldering area is popular and is often busy, as is the competition wall at the reception area.
Rokt in summary
Great wall with loads of routes and friendly staff. Our advice: take the route grades with a pinch of salt.
Rokt Address/ Location info
Price Guide: £8 peak evenings & weekends / £6.50 off peakdaytimes