Getting #WomenOutdoors in Yorkshire

Posted by Joanna Rowbottom on 30/06/2016

The Yorkshire area has an abundance of opportunities to get outdoors and get involved in #WomenOutdoors Week. From indoor climbing for beginners, to independent walks, there's something that appeals to everyone.

#WomenOutdoors Week is designed to get more women into climbing, hill walking and mountaineering. 

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 the North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Dales to lower areas on the outskirts of urban areas such as Ilkley Moor. 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.

#WomenOutdoors Week 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.

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Many of the indoor walls across Yorkshire are getting involved in #WomenOutdoors Week, with lots of opportunity for those who haven't tried climbing before. Here's whats going on near you.

Huddersfield Climbing Centre, Huddersfield

  • 2 for 1 on taster session for women. £30 for a taster session for two people. 
  • Free entry for existing member when bringing a new female climber to the centre, just turn up
  • Free entry to women’s club for first time attendees (must be, or be with a competent climber) 9 August 7:30pm-9:30pm, just turn up.

Call Huddersfield Climbing Centre to book: 01484 766269 

Awesome Walls,Sheffield

  • 2 for 1 on taster sessions, regular cost of taster session is £19. Use this fantastic offer to split the cost saving you 50%.
  • If you’re a competent climber already we have 2 for 1 on ladies night during #WomenOutdoors Week, Tuesday 9 August 7-9pm

Call Awesome Walls Sheffield to find out more: 0114 244 6622 

Harrogate Climbing Centre, Harrogate

  • 2 for 1 on taster session for women. £30 for a taster session for two. 
  • Free entry for existing members when bringing a new female climber to the centre. Men and women to bring a new female climber anytime time during 5-15 August
  • Free entry to Women’s clubs for first timers (must either be confident, or be with confident climbers)

Call Harrogate Climbing Centre to book: 01423 815024

The Leeds Wall, Leeds

  • 2 for 1 on Women only taster session, 3 August 7:30-9 £13 for two people.
  • Female guests get free entry. Whole week 8-14 August.
  • Women’s night, £5 entry for all women. Also female only Partners in Climb session 15 August 6pm onwards.

Call The Leeds Wall to book: 0113 2341554

City Bloc Climbing Wall, Leeds

  • 2 for 1 taster session for women any time between 5-15 August £10 each

Call or email City Bloc Climbign Wall to book: 0113 3912652, info@citybloc.co.uk

Rock City, Hull

  • 2 for 1 taster and induction for women £10 book at reception.
  • 2 for 1 entry for women £4.25, no booking required.
  • 2 for 1 entry to ladies night, 8 August and 15 August 6-10pm, £4.25.

Call Rock City to book: 01481 223030

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-4pmLawrencefield 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

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 / month? And with full membership from £1.66 / 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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