Lakeland Climbing Centre unveils new London venture

The Westmorland Gazette: View of one of VauxWall’s three arches View of one of VauxWall’s three arches

IN its first venture outside of Kendal, The Lakeland Climbing Centre has opened a new state-of-the art indoor climbing centre in London.

The centre – VauxWall – is located under Vauxhall Station’s railway arches and was unveiled on May 1.

The £500,000 construction offers bouldering, which means users can climb on low walls without ropes.

The Centre say that VauxWall has ‘set a new standard for indoor bouldering in the UK’ with its 500m2 of high-quality climbing surfaces and high specification fittings including electronic registration and check-in systems, dust extraction and air conditioning.

The move is the first venture away from The Lakeland Climbing Centre’s headquarters at Kendal and the management team lead by local businessman, Jeremy Wilson, is already looking for the next opportunity outside the Lakes.

The Centre said its ethos is “to encourage climbers to visit the Lake District - the birthplace of British rock climbing.”

Tom Hull, a key member of The Lakeland Climbing Centre’s team in Kendal supervised the VauxWall build work and is the new Centre’s manager.

As a recent Kendalian, he said he is ready to give a warm welcome to any climbers from South Cumbria when they visit London.

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