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The Lock Climbing Wall

Harlow, United Kingdom
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About The Lock Climbing Wall
Whether you are a seasoned climber or a newcomer looking to try the sport, The Lock provides quality climbing experiences for all abilities. The Lock has four main climbing walls up to 14 metres in height, some of the tallest in the South-East and one of the four main faces is reset every month with new climbs and new holds. There is 1,000 square metres of climbing with 50 lines and over 100 top-roped routes, ranging in difficulty from 3 to 8a, plus 60 bolted lead routes, 'Dry Tooling' (simulated ice climbing) as well as a dedicated bouldering room and abseil platforms. Specialist facilities and equipment are also available for those with disabilities.
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Joseph wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom27 contributions26 helpful votes
I climb regularly at the Lock and I must say it is a great centre. The staff are friendly for the most part and they aim to make the centre as vibrant and broad ranging as possible. From simple routes to more challenging lead, the centre has it all. Even some artificial routes outside. The route setting is always spot on and challenging - my only complaint is that there are usually huge jumps in the grades for lead meaning there is little to hone learners onto. Another gripe is perhaps the very high age limit for children. Other centres allow me to supervise and instruct my 4 year old, others have “mini mountaineer” groups, however the Lock prevent this - likely due to insurance, but this does restrict the scope of what the wall has to offer. Other than this it is a great place to visit and well worth the journey for - just be aware of the limited parking if you do drive.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Jaggedsauce wrote a review Jun 2019
13 contributions10 helpful votes
Myself and my girlfriend went on the learn to climb course today and it was a really fun/knowledgeable day out. Colette was our instructor who was very friendly and great at explaining how to tie the ropes etc. This is the 3rd climbing centre I've visited and is my new favorite due to the amount of rope climbs available. There's a small bouldering section upstairs and a concrete slab outside. This was really fun being outside in the sun and having to work out a route without any coloured holds to go off. The staff there all seemed really friendly and approachable and I will definitely be coming back and getting some of my friends to try it too, thanks for a good day.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Paul A wrote a review Mar 2019
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Really friendly staff, nice little coffee shops and some decent walls ranging from 3 to comp grade , nicely set has auto belays, open till 10pm most week nights so handy for after work. I would recommend it only draw back is limited bouldering but for top rope and lead climbing its a winner.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Kerry wrote a review Mar 2019
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom71 contributions29 helpful votes
We had a taster session booked and although my 10 year old son had done some climbing before, we were a little anxious for our 7 year old daughter. But I needn't have worried. They both thoroughly enjoyed their session and they went higher than they thought they could. Our instructor (I think her name was Vicky) was fantastic with them by encouraging them to keep going when they felt nervous. They came away feeling very chuffed with themselves and they both want to return! Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Dream608409 wrote a review Nov 2018
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The staff are really friendly and were great with the kids. Great atmosphere whether your chilling up in the cafe or climbing on the wall. Kids came out buzzing and can’t wait to go again
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Date of experience: November 2018
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