#WomenOutdoors in the North West and Wales

Posted by Joanna Rowbottom on 30/06/2016
Sophie Whyte, trad legend, climbing at the 2015 BMC International Meet. Photo: Alex Messenger.

Find out about the opportunities to get involved in #WomenOutdoors Week in the North West and Wales.

For those living in the North West and Wales there are lots of opportunities to get outdoors and get involved 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 the Peak District, the Lake District and Snowdonia National Park, 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.

Outdoor events  

Peak Climbing Club
A family friendly day of outdoor fun, with the priority being on women climbing whilst the kids are entertained by the men!
Climbing, walking, a barbecue and a scavenger trail for the kids.

Often women give up or significantly reduce their participation in outdoor activities when they have children, whilst men seem to be less affected.  This is opportunity for women, and for non-climbing partners of climbers, to meet likeminded women.  If you haven’t climbed before, or haven’t climbed in a while, you can have a go in a friendly environment. If bringing children, you need to ensure there's another parent or adult to act in loco parentis. There is a pond in the quarry, however, there is also plenty of space for kids to run around and play games well away from the water.

Sunday 7 August, 10am-4pm, Lawrencefield Quarry (park at Surprise View carpark, bank card required for the pay & display), Come and go as you please, but the walk will set off at around 11am.

£2 per adult, £1 per child, pay in cash on the day. Wet weather alternative TBC.
Please contact Becky Hammond rebecca.j.e.hammond@gmail.com 07901 813175 or Greg Bristol gregnlyns@googlemail.com 07967 607158 in advance.

Women's Trad Festival 2016
Friday 12 August 6pm- Sunday 14 6pm. Eric Byne campsite, Peak District, DE45 1PQ
The Women’s Trad Festival aims to bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor climbing and make trad climbing more accessible, for women in particular. competent leaders will take inexperienced people out trad climbing, with fun activities in the evening.  The festival is aimed at women who climb indoors and have little experience outdoors. All experience levels welcomed. We are very inclusive; children are welcome (accompanied by an adult), as are any men who may be interested in the event.
Free event but participants must be BMC members.
Please contact Charlie Low to book charlielow@hotmail.co.uk

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Indoor events

Many indoor walls in the North West and Wales are getting involved in #WomenOutdoors Week. Here's what's going on near you:

Awesome Walls, Stockport

  • 2 for 1 on taster sessions. For first timers who have always wanted to give climbing a go. Regular cost of taster session is £19. Use this fantastic offer to split the cost saving you 50%.
  • 2 for 1 on ladies night. Wednesday 10 August 7-9pm 

Call Awesome Walls Stockport to find out more: 0161 494 9949 

Manchester Climbing Centre, Manchester

  • Women Climb Event. For first time climbers, build confidence, meet like minded people and have fun. Thursday 11 August 6pm-9pm, £5pp. Book through Women Climb website.
  • Outdoor Day for Women’s Club. Sunday 7 August 10am to 4pm, for competent indoor climbers but new outdoor climbers £40pp
  • Free entry to women’s club for first timers. Fun social sessions for competent climbers. Thursday 11 August, 6:30-8:30pm. No need to book, just turn up.

Call Manchester Climbing Centre to find out more: 0161 230 7006

Rock Over Climbing, Manchester

  • Free climbing for women. Come along to ladies night on Thursday 11 August, 6:30-9:30pm for free. Fun, friendly and the chance to pick up some tips from other female climbers.

Call Rock Over Climbing or ask at reception to book: 0161 288 1218 

Awesome Walls, Liverpool

  • 2 for 1 on taster sessions. For first timers who have always wanted to give climbing a go. Regular cost of taster session is £19. Use this fantastic offer to split the cost saving you 50%.
  • 2 for 1 on ladies night. Wednesday 10 August 7-9pm

Call Awesome Walls Liverpool to find out more: 0151 298 2422

Awesome Walls, Stoke

  • 2 for 1 on taster sessions. For first timers who have always wanted to give climbing a go. Regular cost of taster session is £19. Use this fantastic offer to split the cost saving you 50%.
  • 2 for 1 on ladies night. Tuesday 9 August 7-9pm

Call Awesome Walls Stoke to find out more: 01782 341919 

Eden Rock, Carlisle

  • 2 for 1 on taster sessions, for first time climbers, see if you like it, £12 for 2 people
  • 2 for 1 on inductions, for first time climbers, at the end of the session you'll become a competent climber able to come back independtly whenever you like £16 for 2 people
  • Bring a friend on ladies night, 5 August, and 12 August 7:30-9:15pm. Current climbers can bring a friend, new climber climbs for free. 

Call Eden Rock to find out more and book 01228522127, edenrockclimbing@gmail.com 

Lakeland Climbing Centre, Kendal

  • Free entry for first time female climbers 18 years +. Current competent climbers aged 18+ can bring a female friend along anytime between 5-15 August, No need to book.
  • 50% off beginners top roping session.  Ages 14+ Saturday 13 August 3:30pm-5pm. Just £10.
  • 50% off beginner trad leading session.  Ages 18+ Monday 8 August 7-8:30pm. Just £10.
  • 50% off bouldering induction plus female only session.  Just £10. Ages 14+, great for first time climbers to have a go and find out what bouldering is all about. Tuesday 9 August 6-7:30pm

Call or email Lakeland Climbing Centre to book: 01539 721766, info@kendalwall.co.uk

Wales
Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon

  • 2 for 1 climbing taster sesions. For those who have never climbed before. Only 1 person signing up needs to be a woman. Normal price £15 per person. 
  • 2 for 1 womens only intro course. For new climbers to get to grips with some of the basics. Normal price £65 / person. 2 for 1 offer applies. The price also includes four weeks of unlimited climbing upon successful completion of the course.
  • Discounted entry to rock chicks. A fun and friendly ladies climbing night. Normal price entry fees usually apply £5.50 entry Rock Chicks runs every Monday evening at Beacon from 7pm-9pm. 
  • Bring a friend for free. Already a registered roped climber at Beacon? Bring along a female friend during #WomenOutdoors Week and your friend can climb for free! 

Cheshire Climbing, Crewe

  • Free taster sessions. For those who want to try climbing. 10 August, 6-6:45pm, 7-7:45pm or 8-8:45 pm

Contact Cheshire Climbing to book

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.


As the climbing walls, crags and mountains start to open, we wanted to say thanks to every BMC member who supported 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 have made it without you.

If you liked what we did, then tell your friends about us: www.thebmc.co.uk/join


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