At White 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 350+ routes and up to 250 boulder problems.

Check out the latest setting dates!

Route Setting Calendar

= Boulders  =  

5th Alex P, Evie C, Ed H | Boulder Comp Wall

15th Yann G, Alex P, Evie C, Billie S | Cave

22nd Yann G, Alex P, Evie C, Gaz P | Upper Mezz Right Side

 = Routes =   

16th Owen B | Lines 49 & 50

17th Owen B | Auto Belay Lines 93 & 94

23rd Rich H | Lines 90, 91, 92

24th Rich H | Lines 51, 52

30th Yann G | Lines 75, 76, 77

= Boulders  =  

3rd Yann G, Evie C, Matt VC, Owen B | Boulder Comp Wall

13th Yann G, Alex P, Owen B, Matt VC | Lower Mezz

20th Alex P, Alex Pr, Owen B, Billie S | Upper Mezz Left

 = Routes =   

1st Yann G | Auto Belays 73 & 74

7th Owen B | Lines 45 & 46

8th Owen B, Rich H, Clive F | Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

14th Yann G | Lines 78, 79 & 80

15th Yann G | Auto Belays 11 & 12

21st Owen B | Lines 43 & 44

22nd Alex P | Auto Belays 35 & 36

= Boulders  =  

6th Boulder Comp Wall Strip

7th Yann G, Alex P, Evie C, Ed H | Boulder Comp Wall

10th Yann G, Evie C, Matt VC, Imi BS | Cave

17th Alex P, Owen B, Evie C, Matt VC

24th Alex P. Evie C, Owen B, Billie S | Lower Mezz

 = Routes =   

3rd Lead Comp Wall Strip

4th Yann G, Alex P | Lead Comp Wall

5th Yann G, Alex P | Lead Comp Wall

11th Owen B | Lines 13, 14 & 15

12th Owen B | Auto Belays 9 & 10

18th Owen B | Lines 53 & 54

19th Owen B | Lines 68 & 69

25th Emma T | Lines 84, 85 & 86

26th Emma T | Auto Belays 93 & 94

= Boulders  =  

4th Boulder Comp Wall Strip

5th Yann G, Alex P, Ed H, Evie C | Boulder Comp Wall

8th Evie C, Owen B, Imi BS, Matt VC | Upper Mezz – Left Side

15th Alex P, Owen B, Billie S & Matt VC | Cave

22nd Matt VC, Evie C, Imi BS, Alex P | Upper Mezz – Right Side

 = Routes =   

2nd Clive F | Lines 32, 33 & 34

3rd Owen B, Yann G | Lines 55, 56, 57 & 58

9th Owen B | Lines 39 & 40

10th Clive F | Lines 7 & 8

16th Yann G | Auto Belays 73 & 74

17th Yann G | Lines 102, 103 & 104

23rd Rich H | Lines 81, 82 & 83

24th Rich H | Auto Belays 11 & 12

29th Stalactite Roof Strip

30th Yann G, Clive F, Owen B | Stalactite Roof Set

31st Yann G | Lines 87, 88 & 89

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 this link, 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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