Arch climbing centre Burnt Oak

#take12trips Challenge 11: Bouldering Fun at The Arch North, Burnt Oak


The Arch climbing wall has grown to become something of an institution in London, drawing in hordes of boulderers all over the capital to its centres. So when I heard that the Arch had recently opened a new centre in in Burnt Oak in September, my friends and I eagerly hopped on the Northern Line to test its routes.


The first thing that comes to mind when you see the centre is hip. Featuring a modern, futuristic design in the form of glowing stair lights, industrial lighting that resembles climbing ropes, and eco-friendly showers, it’s easy to see a lot of thought has been put into the centre. Not to mention, they also have a café there that serves amazing (and cheap!) coffee, as well as a handy mini store.




But of course, you want to hear about the bouldering. The 11,000 square-foot complex is covered with largely overhang routes, but also 2 large standalone bouldering islands.




There’s also a super-fun horizontal roof and barrel wall feature that offer routes for beginners and experts alike, as well as a nifty glass light pyramid.


In addition to the bouldering routes, the centre also has a contemporary-style strength training facilities, complete with 45-degree training boards, gym rings, finger boards, gym apparatus and a training bouldering wall with routes ranging from easy to difficult. The facilities inject some fun into strength training, which can sometimes be a little on the dull side with the traditional formats.


The centre is divided into 10 different areas, offering enough space for everyone to comfortably boulder. If you want a quiet session you better head here soon, as the centre is filling up fast as word gets out!




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