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, pole fit and circus skills classes, catered birthday parties, conference facilities and social functions.

A further phase has been completed in the summer 2014 and includes the addition of Crazy Climb  and the spectacular Skyline Indoor Aerial Adventure, Europe’s first indoor Via Ferrata.

2014 also saw the launch of Lakeland Climbing Centres first new site VauxWall Climbing Centre in London. This stand alone bouldering centre will set a new standard for accessible, clean and constantly evolving indoor climbing. In partnership with our customers, staff, sponsors and suppliers we will create and develop a friendly, efficient and safety conscious Centre of excellence for bouldering that everyone can enjoy. 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.

Lakeland Climbing Centre will continue to evolve and search for new venues that will set new standards of excellence.