An overview of our climbing

Designed, built and used by people that are passionate about climbing, Beacon is the largest indoor climbing centre in North Wales and a firm contender for Snowdonia’s most consistent climbing venue!

We welcome climbers of all abilities, no matter whether you are just starting out or pushing the big numbers. You’ll find a full range of roped climbing and bouldering from relatively easy challenges for those new to the sport to fiendishly difficult climbs capable of testing the best climbers around.

Whether you are a regular visitor or just passing through, we hope that every visit to Beacon leaves you motivated and inspired for your future climbing endeavours, whatever they may be. Have fun and stay safe.

Yes. Experienced climbers age 18+ must register before using the bouldering or roped climbing walls. Registration is free and involves reading our conditions of use and completing a registration form declaring your basic competence and a willingness to accept responsibility for yourself and anyone you are supervising. Under 18s must be supervised by a competent registered adult. Read our REGISTRATION section for full details.

A full range of climbing equipment is available for hire including: climbing shoes (sizes child 7 to adult 14), harnesses (adult waist or child full body), belay plates (with karabiner), chalk bags (with chalk ball) and helmets.

1 item per person £2.00
2 items per person £3.50
3+ items per person £4.50

Please note that ropes are in position for top roping but not for leading. We do not hire lead climbing ropes. All lead routes are equipped with quickdraws.

You will need a minimum 40m rope to attempt our longest routes.

No. Spectators can watch for free but must not enter the designated climbing areas. The climbing centre features numerous viewing balconies so that you can easily watch friends and family climb.

Experienced climbers often like to introduce friends to climbing, which we accept, but we also recognise that there are inherent risks. We therefore have a clear policy to minimise these risks:

  1. Registered adult climbers may sign in no more than two guests, who may be novices or U18s.
  2. By signing in a guest, you are accepting responsibility for the full and constant supervision of your guest(s) while on the premises. We specifically warn that if you wish to teach a novice to belay you ensure that it is done in a way that is appropriate and puts no other wall users at risk. For anyone wanting to learn to belay we would recommend our INTRO COURSE.

Bouldering only members are not permitted to sign in novices. Read our REGISTRATION section for full details.

Beacon is open 7 days a week all year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Weekdays 10am – 10pm
Weekends 10am – 8pm

Yes. Caffi Barcud is located upstairs within the Beacon and is open to anyone irrespective of whether they wish to use the climbing facilities. The cafe offers a superb range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals served throughout the day, with seating overlooking the climbing areas.

Routes

  • Multi-faceted lead climbing walls up to 17m high & 7m overhanging.
  • Gently overhanging & vertical walls for more technical roped climbing.
  • 15m continuously overhanging wall with auto belay unit.
  • Top roping area with 2 auto belay units.
  • 56 route lines with grades from F3 to F8+.

Bouldering

  • Multi angled bouldering areas including a full overhanging arch
  • All styles covered from tenuous slabs to 30+ move upside down journeys.
  • 12m long & 5m wide bouldering ‘routing’ roof with raised matting.
  • Over 100 problems with grades from F1 to F8A.

Training

  • Beastmaker 1000 & 2000 fingerboards.
  • Peg board & systems board.
  • Large 35 & 45 degree circuit boards.
  • Campus board.
  • Gymnastic rings.

Standard prices

If you want to climb regularly, our 10 entry pass deal allows reduced rate entry on any day and at any time for a total of 10 visits with an advance payment. These passes have no time expiration so can be used at any time in the future. We also offer a 5 entry pass for students only.

 Standard Entry Single Entry 10 Entry Pass 5 Entry Pass
Adult £9.50 £80
Student/Concession* £8.50 £65 £33**
Under 18 £6.90 £55
Under 6 £3.00  £25
Supervising Adult Free
Group under instruction £5.80

*Over 65’s, unemployed or full time students. All must have current proof of status.
** Students only. A valid student ID card is required.

Want unlimited climbing? Beacon membership allows unlimited use of the climbing centre for a 3, 6 or 12 month period and could literally save you hundreds of pounds!

Unlimited Membership 3 months 6 months 12 months
Adult £125 £240 £415
Student/Concession* £110 £205 £365
Under 18 £90
Family Membership** £285 £495
Additional family member £65 £115

*Over 65’s, unemployed or full time students. All must have current proof of status.
**1 adult + 2 children or 2 adults + 1 child

Weekly social climbing sessions

Open to all registered rope climbers no matter how experienced you are or what level you climb at, these weekly sessions offer you the chance to meet up with other climbers just like you and are the perfect way to organise your exercise routine and your social life in one hit! Advance booking is not required and there is no additional charge to attend – you just need to pay your standard entry fee.

Rock
Chicks.

Organised by Beacon instructor Clare Mayfield, these female only sessions are open to anyone from new climbers through to those with more experience. Once you’ve completed your INTRO COURSE what better way for new climbers to learn skills than from other more experienced climbers in this relaxed, sociable group. There’s also an instructor on hand if you’re looking for some handy tips.

Every Monday 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Minimum age 18

Free coaching
evenings.

Want to know your Gaston from your GriGri? Keen to delve further into the world of climbing? Turn up on a Wednesday evening and you can receive free coaching tips and advice from our professional coaches – identifiable by their Beacon tees. You’ll also be able to meet up with other climbers and form a group of regular climbing friends too.

Every Wednesday 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Minimum age 18

Grading at Beacon Climbing Centre

Boulder
grading.

Our bouldering problems use a colour coded circuit grading system with each colour designating a particular band of difficulty on the internationally recognised ‘Font’ grading system, with problems ranging from F1 to F8A.

We use 8 bands: 1-5, 3-6A, 5-6B, 6A-6C, 6B-7A, 6C-7B, 7A-8A and 3-8A with each denoted by a specific colour. The colour allocation for each band changes (allowing us to set the greatest variety of problems) with the current colours displayed on the bouldering area notice boards. 3-8A is the mystery circuit… ignore the grade & climb for fun!

The starting holds for all problems are tagged and problems finish on the highest hold of the problem colour. The coloured holds for each problem are used for both hands and feet – smearing on the blank wall is fine, and all arêtes and volumes are allowed.

Route
grading.

We use the internationally recognised French grading system to denote the difficulty of roped climbs, with routes ranging from F3 to F8a+.

Each route features a tag next to the starting handholds displaying the difficulty rating. The coloured holds for any particular route are used for both hands and feet – smearing on the blank wall is fine, and all arêtes and volumes are allowed.

To successfully claim a route, you’ll need to clip the belay chain from the last hold – grabbing the top of the wall is ‘out’!