At Blue Spider we are passionate about route setting because we know you want routes that will challenge and inspire you – whatever the grade you climb at.

Check out the latest setting dates below:

Route Setting Calendar

= Routes =

1st Alex P | Lines 69, 70 & 71 (Stack) 

2nd Alex P | Lines 72, 73, 74 (Stack) 

3rd Alex P | Lines 39, 40, 31 (Roller Door Slabs) 

9th Alex P | Auto-Belays 26 & 27 (Right Side) 

17th Alex P | Lines 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81 (Beginner Corridor) 

23rd Alex P | Auto Belays 28, 29 (Back Wall) 

29th Alex P | Lines 87, 88, 89 (Slab) 

30th Alex P | Lines 15, 16 (Cupboard) 


= Boulders  =

8th Alex P & TBC | Boulder Wall Prow Side 

15th Alex P | Cave  

16th Alex P | Cave  

22nd Alex P, Yann G | Boulder Wall – Slab  

= Routes =

1st Alex P | Lines 5, 6 & 7

7th Alex P | Auto Belays 30 & 31

13th & 14th Alex P, Yann G | Lead Comp Wall

21st Alex P | Auto Belays 85 & 86

= Boulders  =

6th Alex P, Owen B | Prow Side Bouldering

8th Alex P | Traverses

20th Alex P, Eve C | Slab Side Bouldering

= Routes =

10th Alex P | Lines 92, 93, 94 

11th Alex P | Lines 95. 96, 97 

18th Alex P | Auto-Belays 26/27 

24th Alex P | Lines 98, 99, 100 

25th Alex P | Lines 17, 18, 19 

31st Alex P | Auto Belays 28/29 

= Boulders =

1st Nathan P, Alex Pa | Slab Side  

21st Zoe W, Alex Pa | Prow Side 

= Routes =

7th Alex Pa | Lines 8 & 9 

8th Aled Pa | Lines 10 & 11 

9th Alex Pa | Lines 12, 13, & 14 

22nd Alex Pa | Auto Belays 30 & 31 

28th Alex Pa | Lines 20, 21, 22 

How we set our routes

We have areas that are easier for beginners and more challenging for experienced and adventurous climbers. We ask the route setters to come with their imagination, their climbing passion and experience to set routes that are nicely challenging for the grade and provide variety for regular climbers.

We built the walls so that all natural features are included in our routes, so there are some great arêtes and laybacks. The high walls are a mix of lead and top-rope, approximately 50:50 though we vary this over time and we also move the top-topes around to create variety.

We always incorporate lots of different sized and shaped volumes onto the main walls to keep it interesting for our climbers!

Route setting White Spider Party

Route setting frequency

You’ll find new routes every week; we are now working on an 8 week cycle for our main bouldering areas. For the high walls we monitor the frequency of use on particular walls and re-set accordingly, generally 12 weeks +

As we aim to have over 400 routes at White Spider, we are confident you won’t get bored so let us know if you do and we’ll find you a new challenge.

We endeavour to route set on weekdays from 9.30am until 4.30pm in order to minimise any impact to our customers, details are shown on the route setting calendar posted on our website and social media platforms at the beginning of every month, plus we have a route setting black board in the centre and you can also keep up to date by following us on your preferred social media sites.

Nathan route setting

Route Grading

The route setter suggests the initial grade and then we give it the White Spider test (a good excuse to make sure we get to climb every new route).

For our routes, we have a new system to ensure our grading is as good as possible. At the bottom of each newly set route, you’ll see a yellow card displaying the provisional grades for that line.

Next to them you’ll find a notebook for your feedback. If you feel they are too hard, too soft, or just right – let us know!

At the end of a short trial period, we’ll review your feedback and adjust the grades accordingly. We’ll then replace the provisional yellow card with a permanent white one.

We welcome your feedback!

Remember you can always give us feedback on our route setting via email! Tell us what you like or don’t like about our route setting or what grades you don’t agree with. If we don’t know, we can’t improve!

Our route setters

We use some of the most highly respected route setters in the country as well as in house staff setters.

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