Crystal Palace Sports Centre, Ledrington Road, Crystal Palace, London
This new climbing wall at the Crystal Palace Sports centre is an excellent venue for beginners and those with little climbing experience. One hour classes are run by Climb London, who offer popular sessions for the youngest children (4-7yrs Pebbles and Junior Rock 7-13yrs). Please see website for up-to-date session times and classes. On a ration of 1:4, the children are started on a low-level boulder (surrounded by cushion mats) which doesn't include ropes or harnesses, but instructs them on the basic climbing techniques, followed by roped climbing on easier angled slabs. Children can progress through the NICAS training levels (National Indoor Climbing Association Scheme) by joining their regular clubs.
Children's climbing parties are also popular but must be booked directly with Climb London (0845 363 1144).