At Green 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.   We have 200+ routes and 50+ boulder problems.

Check out the latest setting dates!

Route Setting Calendar

= Routes  =

11th Alex P, Rich H | Lines 18, 19, 20 & 21

25th Emma T | Lines 3 & 4

26th Emma T | Lines 5 & 6

= Boulders = 

12th Alex P, Rich H, Fyn | Left Side

= Routes  =

9th Alex P, Rich H | Lines 27, 28, 29 & 30

23rd Owen B | Lines 49 & 50

24th Owen B | Lines 10 & 11

= Boulders = 

10th Alex P, Rich H, Fyn | Right Side

= Routes  =

13th Alex P, Fyn | Lines 22, 23, 24

13th Rich H | Auto-Belays 47 & 48

27th Rich H | Lines 7, 8 & 9

28th Rich H | Lines 35 & 36

= Boulders = 

14th Alex P, Evie C, Rich H | Left Wall

= Routes  =

25th Owen B | Auto Belays 11 & 12

26th Owen B | Lines 25 & 26

= Boulders = 

11th Alex P, Fyn D, Yan H | Full Boulder Reset

12th Alex P, Fyn D, Yan H | Full Boulder Reset

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!

Nathan route setting

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 200 routes at Green 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, 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.

Evie Cotrulia route setting at Red Spider

Route Grading

The route setter suggests the initial grade and then we give it the Green 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 via email or ask for a feedback form from reception!  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 sourcing internationally accomplished setters from abroad.

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