About the Lakeland Climbing Centre

Our History

1993 three climbers met and hatched a plan to build a climbing wall. One climber had the capital, one climber had the skills to build the wall and the other had found the perfect building for the Kendal Wall, the old Milk Drying Plant in Kendal.

By mid 1995 their dream evolved when the old Milk Drying Plant was converted into climbing wall and named the Lakeland Climbing Centre. The doors were opened to the new Kendal Wall in December 1995.

In 1996 the Main Wall was added at a height of 18.5 m and by the late 1990’s the Kendal Wall had gained recognition for its quality of climbing and was ranked in the BMC’s top 3 in England.  For 14 years the Lakeland Climbing Centre grew steadily and developed a loyal and supportive customer base of climbers who appreciated having a major indoor climbing wall in an area of relatively low population. The Centre has also enjoyed group use from local outdoor centres as well as trade from tourists and seasonal visitors.

2010 A massive new development was started to extend the Climbing Centre and increase the range of facilities and activities on offer.  We have added a dedicated training room, a family-friendly room for beginners to intermediate climbers (The Den), two new bouldering rooms (The Marmot Loft and The Green Room), an extension to the existing 18m high Main Wall to make it the tallest in England once again (25m), a brand new 20m high multi facetted vertical wall (the King Kong Wall), a new Reception area with Kendal Wall Shop and Creamery Cafe and two meeting rooms to allow us to extend the scope of our services to include yoga classes, catered birthday parties, conference facilities and social functions.

2014 A further phase was completed which included the addition of Kendal CrazyClimb (April 2014), the spectacular indoor Via Ferrata (July 2014) and the Toolbox (Aug 2014), making the Lakeland Climbing Centre’s site at Kendal one of the most extensive climbing and vertical adventure centres in the country.

New sites  2014 also saw the Lakeland Climbing Centre opening a second site.   VauxWall Climbing Centre is a state of the art bouldering centre in London’s Zone One.  With efficient air conditioning and dust extraction, ultra modern electronic registration and of course our hallmark fantastic walls, VauxWall is setting a new standard for accessible, clean and constantly evolving indoor climbing.  Strong links with our site in Kendal will provide opportunities for customers to continue their journey into the diverse sport of climbing in the stunning Lake District National Park.

The Lakeland Climbing Centre is raising the bar for climbing wall standards once again and will continue to evolve and search for new venues that will set new standards of excellence.