Whether you’re a complete beginner, new to the outdoors, wanting to take the kids climbing or itching to lead your first route, there’s a climbing course here for you. Low ratios ensure high quality instruction and tuition at a personal level. All our rock climbing courses are outdoor courses and look at the fundamentals of how to rock climb in order to help you climb at your best.

Book a day – families, newbies, groups, improvers

Due to popular demand we are now offering tailor made rock climbing courses in a day. Perfect for the holiday-maker to the Peak District, for those looking for a taster to rock climbing or for a family or group looking for something different to do outside.

From £150 per day (depending on numbers) & discounts available for week day bookings!

Alternatively, book yourself onto a private day being guided on wonderful multi-pitch climbs in the mountains of Snowdonia or the Lake District… for £175 per day (for up to 2 people)


Rock Climbing Course 1 – Introduction to Climbing Skills

“Just to let you know we had an absolutely fantastic weekend! … We’d also like to comment on how professional and competent Matt is, we felt quite safe under his guidance and learnt loads! … Thanks again – keep up the good work, hope to see you again soon.”
– Tim & Linda O’Gorman.

Learn to climb on this introductory Peak District rock climbing skills course, perfect for the complete beginner: everything from tying in to a harness and belaying, to the fundamentals of rock climbing techniques to help you on your way up the rock face. All our beginner courses start with a bouldering session to get you used to the rock before we start you on the roped routes. Also included:

    • How to belay and tie in to your harness
    • Efficient use of foot holds to support your weight
    • Balance exercises and position of centre of gravity
    • Different types of hand hold and how to use them
    • Abseiling

Location: the grit stone edges of the Peak District National Park
Price per person: £110 (2 days)
Instructor/client ratio: 1:4
Meeting point: Hathersage, Derbyshire

Alternatively, book yourself onto one day … 1:1 for £150 & discounts available for week day bookings!

Dates coming up:
23/24 Sept 2017
14/15 Apr 2018
19/20 May 2018
21/22 July 2018
18/19 Aug 2018
13/14 Oct 2018

Private bookings can be taken for this course. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details

Rock Climbing Course 2 – Improvers

“Thanks for a fantastic weekend – they just get better and better.”
– Chris W.

You’ve covered the basics already, you’re no novice, but maybe you’re not quite ready to lead climb. This course introduces you to trad climbing and seconding routes, with some focus on placing gear and rigging anchors. It also gives you the opportunity to have someone look at your skills and confidence to advise whether or not you’re ready for the next stage . . .

    • Warming up
    • Techniques for different climbs
    • Gear placement and removal
    • Seconding routes
    • The principles of rigging anchors

Location: the grit-stone edges of the Peak District National Park
Price per person: £125 (2 days)
Instructor/client ratio: 1:4
Meeting point: Hathersage, Derbyshire

Alternatively, book yourself onto one day … 1:1 for £150 & discounts available for week day bookings!

Dates coming up:
23/24 Sept 2017
14/15 Apr 2018
19/20 May 2018
21/22 July 2018
18/19 Aug 2018
13/14 Oct 2018

Private bookings can be taken for this course. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details

Rock Climbing Course 3 – Learn to Lead

“Dave has taught us a lot and was an inspiration to us…..we now have the basis of the necessary skills to which we hope leads to a safe and long climbing career!!”
– Denise and Michelle

Having learned the basics and honed your skills some more, this course is designed to primarily teach you how to lead climb on natural protection and set up belays and stances. This course may be of particular interest for those proficient at the local indoor climbing wall now itching to get outdoors – and quite right too! Nothing beats the real thing … two days of lead climbing covering the following:

    • Equipment – the rack
    • Gear placement
    • Belaying the leader
    • Rigging a stance
    • Personal abseils

Location: the grit stone edges of the Peak District National Park
Price per 2 people: £360 (2 days)
Instructor/client ratio: 1:2
Meeting point: Hathersage, Derbyshire

Dates coming up:

Please tell us when you might be interested in joining us for one of learn to lead climbing courses and we’ll see who we can find to join you.

Private bookings can be taken for this course. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details

Rock Climbing Course 4 – Rocks and Ropes The Twilight Zone

This one day course will teach or revise you on how to rig anchor points so that you may enjoy safely continued lead climbing or top rope climbing outdoors. It is a technical course more than a climbing course and will be of great benefit to graduates of the Rock 2 Improvers course who wish to progress further. But also for graduates of Rock 3 – Learn to Lead who think their skills may be a little rusty, this will be the perfect recap.

    • Refreshing the basics
    • Knots
    • The rack
    • Placing gear
    • Rigging anchors
    • Ethics
    • Further climbing practice

Location: the grit stone edges of the Peak District National Park
Price per person: £125 (1 day)
Instructor/client ratio: 1:4
Meeting point: Hathersage, Derbyshire

Alternatively, book yourself onto one day … 1:1 for £150 & discounts available for week day bookings!

Private bookings can be taken for this course. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details

Rock Climbing Course 5 – Multi-pitch Rock Climbing

Introduction to Summer Mountaineering
“Will, Recovering from a great weekend – tired but exultant. Learnt a lot, and gained a lot of confidence. Steve was an excellent instructor – supportive, encouraging and very clear. I need to get back out on the rock IMMEDIATELY … !” – C.

By now you will be climbing with confidence (outdoors) and may have experience at placing your own trad protection. You have done it at the local crag and you have known for a long time where it was all leading . . .

    • Basic skills recap
    • Guide books and route selection
    • Route finding
    • Anticipating problems
    • Ropework and stance management
    • Solutions to simple problems
    • Escaping the system
    • Use of prussik
    • Crag evacuation
    • Traverse problems

Location: the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia
Price per 2 people: £360 (2 days)
Instructor/client ratio: 1:2
Meeting point: Llanberis, Snowdonia

Dates coming up:

Please tell us when you might be interested in joining us for one of mountaineering courses and we’ll see who we can find to join you.

Alternatively, book yourself onto a private day being guided on wonderful multi-pitch climbs in the mountains of Snowdonia or the Lake District… lternatively, book yourself onto one day … for £180 per day (for up to two people)

Private bookings can be taken for this course. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details

Included in the Price

    • Instruction by a qualified leader
    • All technical equipment – harness, ropes, helmet, shoes etc.

Not Included

    • Accommodation
    • Travel costs
    • Meals

Email Will at will@will4adventure.com for further details, or


10 climbs, in 10 miles, in 10 hours

Can you climb 10 routes in 10 miles inside just 10 hours? Here’s your chance to try!? Join us for this excellent Peak District challenge and mini-adventure. No previous experience is necessary. We will provide all the kit, expertise and plenty of encouragement!

Location: the grit stone edges of the Peak District National Park
Price per person: £60
Instructor/client ratio: 1:4
Meeting point: Hathersage, Derbyshire

Alternatively, book yourself onto one day … 1:1 for £150 & discounts available for week day bookings!

Dates coming up:

1/2 July 2017
7/8 Oct 2017

Private bookings can be taken for this course. Contact us with your preferred date(s) that suit you and the numbers and we’ll get back to you asap with all the details

Rock Climbing

Many people come to rock climbing by way of their local indoor wall or climbing gymn. They don’t realise it – but something that is seemingly so simple as a concept is a package of differing styles, grading systems and ethics too. So here are a few words on what you could be getting into …

Wall climbing – this is what you do when you climb indoors. At your indoor wall you’ll find routes with pre-rigged climbing ropes and routes with just a series of bolts in the wall. The former is what is largely known as top-rope climbing. This is extremely safe since you are always attached to a rope. The bolted walls are for lead climbers. Climbing on bolts outdoors is known as sport climbing – and there is a alpha-numeric grading system for this style of climbing.

Climbing outdoors is split largely into three groups: bouldering, traditional (trad) and sport. Bouldering is climbing low outcrops of rocks without need for a rope. Many boulderers also forgo a helmet (due to it not looking cool) – and instead of using a helmet and rope – they have a mattress laid out on the floor beneath them.

Trad’ climbing is where people lead routes and safeguard themselves by placing protection (gear) as they go. The second climber then climbs up and retrieves all this gear. (It’s very expensive). The grading system for trad climbing is a complicated mixture of adjectival grades and numbers … It’s a bit like the offside rule in football: it takes time to learn it but once you do you wonder what all the fuss is about. We’ve mentioned sport climbing – no gear is needed since the route is pre-bolted. It’s comparatively rare to find any sport climbing venues in the UK – though they do exist. Better is to travel overseas – where there’s an abundance of sport routes to be found on the continent and Europe.

All Will4Adventure rock climbing courses take place outdoors on real rock. Rock 1 courses have you climbing on a top rope. Rock 2 courses take the adventure a little further and you will second routes as well as learn how to place gear. On Rock 3 climbing courses you’ll learn to lead climb placing your own protection as you. If you have to climb a rock face in many goes because it is too high to get to the top in one go – this is called multi-pitch climbing – this is taught in our Rock 5 mountaineering course.

Be it an adventure weekend you’re seeking, a weekend in the fresh air or a brilliant new hobby to take you outdoors you couldn’t do much better than join us for one of these weekend courses. Rock climbing is also perfect for the corporate day out – get in touch for ideas and details.

Peak District Accommodation – Castleton

While accommodation is not included in the price we will happily help you find something comfortable and to the liking of your budget – from campsites and barns to youth hostels and B&B’s.

All our weekends in the Dark Peak (Rock 1,2 &3, Hill Skills 1&2, and many free weekends) have us based in Castleton, the Hope Valley, which offers the following accommodation options.

Camping and Bunkhouse
Pindale Farm Outdoor Centre
Pindale Farm, Pindale Road, Hope,
Derbyshire, S33 6RN
Tel: 01433 620111

YHA – Losehill Hall
Castleton, Hope Valley,
Derbyshire S33 8WB
Tel: 0870 770 5758
castleton@yha.org.uk

B&B
Bargate Cottage
Market Place, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WQ
http://www.bargatecottage.co.uk/
Tel: 01433 620201

Causeway House
Back Street, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WE
http://www.causewayhouse.co.uk/
Tel: 01433 623291

Cryer House
Castle Street, Hope Valley, Castleton, Buxton, Derbyshire, S33 8WG
Tel: 01433 620244
Fax: 01433 620244

Dunscar Farm
Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WA http://www.dunscarfarm.co.uk/
01433 620483

Four Seasons B&B
Spital House, How Lane, Hope Valley, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8WJ
http://www.4seasonsbb.co.uk/
Tel: 01433 620 655

Swiss House
How Lane, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WJ
http://www.swiss-house.co.uk/
01433 621098

Willow Croft
Pindale Road, Hope Valley, Castleton, Buxton, Derbyshire, S33 8WU
http://www.peak-district-bed-breakfast-bb.co.uk/WillowCroft.html
Tel: 01433 620400

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn
How Lane, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WJ
http://www.cheshirecheeseinn.co.uk/
Tel: 01433 620330

How to get to Castleton

With a view to helping the environment and keeping costs down you may be willing to share space in your car, or maybe you need a lift: either way, let us know and we’ll see what can be done.

If you are making your own way, try plugging the above postcodes into www.streetmap.co.uk and you’ll be provided a great set of instructions.

Alternatively take the train to Hope (in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire) and from there you can walk to Castleton (2 miles), get a taxi or take the 272 bus.

Taxis will need to be pre-booked – try these numbers:
Mick Rowland – 0777 1762068
Sickleholme mini-cab hire – 01433 651173 / 0777 3763445

Note –you must make arrangements to find Castleton in Derbyshire – there is more than one Castleton in the UK !