PETERBOROUGH CLIMBING WALL CLOSED ON 20 MARCH 2020 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND WILL NOT BE RE-OPENING
Peterborough Climbing Wall was opened in December 1995 by Sir Chris Bonnington. It was constructed by converting an exhibition squash court in the Peterborough Town Sports Club. In 1998 the wall was extended to include a roof section and bouldering cave.
Recently the Peterborough Town Sports Club decided they wanted to convert it back to an exhibition squash court, so did not renew the lease. Which meant our lease expired on 31 December 2020, by that date we have to remove the climbing wall so it can go back to being a squash court. We closed on 20 March 2020 due to Coronavirus. It was not worth re-opening for what would have been 2 months. The climbing wall has now been removed and is being converted back to an exhibition squash court.
The wall was suitable for bouldering, top roping and leading. It consisted of a 7 meters high moulded surface wall, with slabs, cracks, overhangs and aretes. There was also a 7 metre roof section including a large stalactite; a Bat Cave for bouldering, featuring a ‘Woody Wave’ roof. For keen trainers there was a balcony traverse, finger boards, a campus board and rope ladder.
The wall was jointly owned by the PMC and its members.
Peterborough Climbing Wall was built by Livingstone and opened to the public in 1996 offering state of the art indoor climbing. It consisted of easy, gentle slabs for the novices to awesome overhanging walls and roof routes for the expert. There were 20 rope lines with in-situ ropes and about 100+ climbs graded from 3c to 7c.
Peterborough Climbing Wall was 50% owned by Peterborough Mountaineering Club. Members got discount on entrance fees and season tickets. Further discounts were available by working as a supervisor on the door.