Accessibility

Here we try to give all accessibility information for our regular events. If you feel something is missing, or there is something else you would like to know, please get in touch with the club via instagram or facebook.

Rock Over climbing centre

Getting there

There is lots of on street parking near Rockover. There is a two hour parking limit before 6pm (12:30 pm on Saturdays, no limit on Sundays). There is also a small free gravel car park for rockover customers with no limit on the length of stay just across the street, but it does often get full. There are cheap pay and display carparks nearby, including one 100m away on Dutton Street. This is usually plenty of parking space, but if there is a big gig on in the AO arena (formerly the MEN arena) just across the road, then finding a space suddenly becomes much harder.

By public transport the best bet for most is to get the bus to Piccadilly Gardens and walk about 1km from there.

Moving about

The main entrance to Rockover is through a single door over one step up from street level. There is another entrance 20m up the street with no step, but you will usually need a member of staff to let you in that way.

From either entrance, the front desk, and the areas of the centre known as The Hub, The Cove, The Autobelays, Unit 2 and the training boards are all on the same level. This makes up roughly 35% of the climbing area of the centre. There is a very small step about 5cm high to get from the reception area through to The Autobelays and Cove; you can go through a different internal door to get round this, but you may need a member of staff to open it. To get through to The Hub you have to step over the mats under the training boards.

The areas known at The Tunnel, The Back Bay, The Islands, The Slab, and The Comp Wall are on the the same level as each other, but there is a short flight of 5 steps (with single handrail) to get to this level. This makes up about 50% of the climbing area of the centre.

There is an upstairs section which contains the traverse wall, the mini comp wall and the gym. These are on the first floor and are accessed by a flight of stairs with a handrail. There is no lift. This makes up about 15% of the climbing area of the centre.

The centre has male and female toilets and changing facilities, and an accessible toilet. These are all on the same level as The Tunnel, Back Bay ect. There is another accessible toilet and a separate gender neutral toilet on the level of the main entrance.

All the bouldering areas have thick mats underneath; this means to get to any of the climbs you must step up from the floor level onto the mats, approximately 30cm.

Lights and noise

Usually they play music throughout the centre. This is not so loud that you would have to raise your voice to speak to someone next to you.

The centre is brightly lit and there are no flashing lights.

The centre is usually reasonably quiet during weekday mornings and afternoons, but can get much busier in the evenings, especially Mondays at the start of term when a lot of people turn up for the club night. Saturday for our “cuppa and climb” sessions are usually a fair bit quieter.

The staff are helpful and will do anything to accommodate you if you ask.

Pub

Sometimes we go to the pub after bouldering on Monday. The pub is the Moon Under Water, located on Deansgate road, approximately a 500m walk from rockover. The pub is flat with no steps (apart from a few seats at the back, where we won’t sit). Most of the toilets are upstairs but there is an accessible toilet downstairs. There is not much in the way of parking nearby.

Parthian Climbing (formerly MCC)

Getting there

Parthian Climbing has a dedicated free car park which includes blue badge spaces. I have never seen it completely full, but in busy times it does get close.

Getting there by public transport is a bit of a mission. If you are willing to go via the city centre, the 201, 202, 203 and 205 busses from Piccadilly Gardens stop about 200m away on Hyde road.

Moving about

The front door is at ground level and there is no step.

The front desk is on the first floor level and is accessed by going up a flight of stairs (with handrails). There is a side door from the main entrance the goes straight through into the main climbing area, skipping the front desk. You will need to speak to a member of staff to let you through this door.

All the roped climbing is on one flat floor, the same level as the main entrance.

The bouldering is accessed by a flight of 6 steps from the main climbing area. There is then another step up onto the mats.

The lockers are accessed by a different flight of 6 steps from the main climbing area.

The male and female toilets and changing rooms are reached by a flight of about 10 steps from the locker area.

There is a universal accessible toilet on the same level as the main climbing area. It’s kinda hard to find so it is probably best to ask a member of staff to point you in the right direction.

Lights and Noise

The centre usually plays music, at quite a low volume. They will turn it down or off if you speak to the staff.

The centre does not get as busy as rockover. It is usually very quiet mornings and afternoons, but is busier in the evenings after 5 pm.

The centre is in an old church. Light is from spotlights high up on the ceiling and some natural light comes through the stained glass windows. There are no flashing lights.

The staff are helpful and will do anything to accommodate you if you ask.

Depot

We do not run regular official trips to Depot, but we’ve included info here for those who might find it useful.

Getting there

It is located in Trafford park and is a bit of a trek to get to, even by bike. If you can get up oxford road, the 250 bus, which stops outside the business school on Booth Street West, stops about 200m from Depot. There is lots of parking nearby but it does get busy.

Moving about

The entrance is on ground level. Most of the centre is on one level with no steps. To get to the new training room the regular route is you have to go up over the steps behind the routing roof then down some more steps the other side. However this room does have a back entrance at ground level, but you may have to ask staff to open it for you to get in this way. The toilets are on the same level as the main entrance; there are male and female toilets and showers, plus a universal accessible toilet. Like all bouldering centres there is a step up onto the mats to start the climbs.

Lights and noise

This centre is the biggest in Manchester, and in the evenings it can get very busy. They do play music. No flashing lights.

Blockhaus

We do not run regular official trips to blockhaus, but we’ve included info here for those who might find it useful.

Getting there

It’s pretty close to Parthian, and as such, is similarly awkward to get to for those living in South Manchester who don’t cycle. It’s just off Ashton old road. The 219 bus from Piccadilly goes past it. There is lots of parking right in front.

Moving about

There is a gentle ramp up to the front entrance, which is double doors. The whole centre is on one level with no steps. This includes the toilets; there are male and female toilets and showers, plus a universal accessible toilet. Like all bouldering centres there is a step up onto the mats to start the climbs.

Lights and noise

The centre is the least busy in Manchester, there’s often only a handful of people here. They do play music, but they can turn it down or off if you ask at the desk. White strip lights in the roof, no flashing lights.

Socials

Our socials take place in different locations every week. We will include accessibility information in the description for the event on facebook.

Day trips

Our day trips or freshers trips take place at various crags in the Peak District. The approach to the crag from where we park is typically 20-30 minutes. The approach will be on a marked path (unless we get lost) but likely involve some steep uphill and stretches could be muddy, rocky and uneven. It will also probably involve passing through narrow gates or over styles.  Moving around the bottom of the crag to approach specific climbs will involve moving over rougher terrain for a few minutes, including small paths through bracken and scrambling over rocks. As we will be climbing a lot you will be doing this repeatedly throughout the day.

Transport will be in club members’ cars.

Weekend trips

For all our weekend trips transport will be in club members’ cars or hired minibuses.

North Wales (funkmasters) has a good number of crags reasonably close to the road. Most places we will go will have approaches around 30 minutes, but may be over rough terrain and involve styles or gates. Reaching the bottom of climbs, or getting down off them may involve some scrambling or moving over narrow paths. The Friday night has a party vibe in the main hall of the hut we’re staying in, with music, games and optional drinking. There are other rooms which will be much quieter. Accommodation will be sleeping on the floor or in bunks across several rooms in a hostel.

Scotland (winter skills) will involve two full days of walking over challenging terrain. Evenings are quiet as we’ll all be quite tired. Accommodation will be sleeping on the floor or in bunks across several rooms in a hostel.

The Lake District (annual dinner) has a distinct lack of roadside crags. Walk-ins to the crags could be an hour or more over rough terrain. Accommodation will be sleeping on the floor of a hired village hall. Friday night will have some (optional) drinking and games in the hall, but we will mostly be saving ourselves for the Saturday night, when we will have a ceilidh (barn dance) with a live band and dancing.

Pembroke involves approaches 30 minutes or less along clifftop paths, which are usually in good condition and quite flat. Approaching the base of the climbs will involve a short scramble or abseil (we will teach you how to abseil). There may be a short walk over rocks from the bottom of the abseil to the start of the climb. Accommodation is camping.