#WomenOutdoors in London and the South

Posted by Joanna Rowbottom on 30/06/2016

Find out about the opportunities to get involved in #WomenOutdoors Week in the London and the South. From indoor climbing for beginners, to suggested walks there are lots of opportunities to get involved.

For those living in the London and the South there are lots of opportunities to get outdoors and get invovled in #WomenOutdoors Week.  The campaign is supported by Cotswold Outdoor who will be donating a number of prizes. To be in with a chance of winning these prizes, get active outdoors between 5-15 August and tweet your photos and comments to @TGCclimbing@CotswoldOutdoor and use #WomenOutdoors to enter the prize draw

Hill walking is a great activity for those looking to improve health, have some fun and explore new places.  There are many places to get out walking, from national parks such as Exmoor, Dartmoor, South Downs and the New Forest to lower areas on the outskirts of urban areas. Here's some essential hill walking know how to get you started.
The National Trust has a huge variety of places to walk from shorter walks in the grounds of their many properties, to longer walks in the great outdoors.  Find a National Trust walk that suits you and get outdoors with friends and family between 5-15 August.

Rock climbing is a great social activity, and indoor rock climbing and bouldering are becoming more and more popular. Indoor walls regularly change their routes, which cater for varying levels from beginner through to the more advanced. There's always something for everyone in this fun, social environment. Learn about the basics of indoor climbing.

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Some of the indoor walls in the London and South are getting involved in #WomenOutdoors Week. Here's whats going on near you.

Westway Sports Centre, London

  • Beginners courses buy one get one free offer, at least one participant must be female.
  • Free climbing for first time climbers. Current climbers can bring in a novice female along anytime and the novice gets to climb free. 
  • Free ladies session includes cake!

Call Westway Sports Centre to find out more: 02089 690992

The Castle Climbing Centre, London

  • 20% off courses for Women, includes Discover Bouldering, Movement One and Technique classes
  • Women With Altitude session free for those who have attended a course during #WomenOutdoors Week. Monday 15 August 7-9pm.

Visit the Castle Climbing Centre website to book.

XC, Hemel Hempstead

  • Climbing Taster session for women, £10 per person. Quote 'Womenoutdoors' when booking.

Call XC for more information: 01442 507100

Big Rock Climbing Centre, Milton Keynes

  • 2 for 1 Climbing Taster Session. Ideal for first time climbers, only one person needs to be female for this offer. Normal price £20 pp.
  • 2 for 1 Women's Only Intro course. The best way to get started with indoor climbing. Includes one month of free climbing. Normal price £75, 2 for 1 offer applies.
  • Free entry to womens only social night. Saturday 13 August, 7-9pm, for those who have been signed off as a competent climber.

Visit the Big Rock Climbing Centre website to book.

Dart Rock Climbing Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon

  • 2 for 1 taster sessions for women. Normally £15pp.
  • 2 for 1 entry for women. Both participants must be female. 2 for 1 entry only available at peak times. Entry: Peak £8pp (ropes) £6pp (bouldering).
  • Ladies only event. Sunday 14 August 6-10pm, £6.
  • Half price monthly memberships for women. Only available to buy 5-10 August. Full month membership normally £40pp.

Book in person at reception, call 01364 644499 or email info@dartrock.co.uk.

High Sports, Brighton

  • 2 for 1 Taster sessions and Adult Rock Start sessions.
  • 2 for 1 entry for women. Current male or female climbers bring a novice female climber along for free
  • 2 for 1 ladies night. Friday 12 August, inlcudes 2 free coaching sessions 6pm-8pm and 8pm-10pm

Contact High Sports Brighton for more information 0845 363 1177

High Sports, Crawley

  • 2 for 1 Adult Rock Start sessions, Sunday 7 August 3pm, Tuesday 9 August 7:30pm, Sunday 14 August 3pm. £23 for 2 people
  • 2 for 1 entry for new climber, when you bring a female climber who hasn't been to the centre before. 

Call High Sports Crawley for more information 0845 363 1177

Plas Y Brenin, North Wales
Be inspired and get involved with activities and events at Plas y Brenin from 5 -15 August as part of #WomenOutdoors week. Our aim is to encourage more women and girls to enjoy the outdoors, experience the benefits and share the adventures by participating in the outdoors. There will be evening talks, free introductory  activity sessions, and discounted #WomenOutdoors courses all taking place in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.

Mountain Training
Have you got a Mountain Training qualification? Would you be prepared to have an aspiring female instructor observe you for a day? Or are you working your way through a scheme and in need of some new ideas? The aim of #WomenOutdoors week is to boost female participation in outdoor activities and in order to sustain it, we need more females with qualifications. So this is the perfect opportunity to observe someone working or let someone observe you. find out more on the Mountain Training website.

Get involved, get outdoors and tell us your stories.  If you have any questions please contact: Joanna@thebmc.co.uk.


We want to say a big thanks to every BMC member who continues to support us through the Coronavirus crisis.

From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t do it without you.

Did you know that we've just launched a new U27 membership offer for just £1.50 / month? And with full membership from £2.50 / month, it's never been easier to join and support our work: 

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/join-the-bmc-for-1-month-U27-membership


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