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 Yann G, Evie C, Alex P, Owen B | Boulder Comp Wall

8th Yann G, Evie C, Matt VC, Owen B | Upper Mezz Left

15th Yann G, Alex P, Evie C, Owen B | Cave

22nd Alex P, Evie C, Owen B, Billie S | Upper Mezz Right

 = Routes =   

3rd Yann G | Auto Belays 9 & 10

9th Clive F | Lines 39 & 40

10th Clive F, Owen B | Lines 55, 56, 57, 58

16th Yann G | Lines 81, 82 & 82

17th Yann G | Auto Belays 36 & 37

23rd Owen B | Lines 7 & 8

24th Owen B | Lines 64 & 65

29th Stal Roof Strip

30th Yann G, Owen B, Clive F | Stal Roof lines 28, 29, 30 & 31

31st Yann G | Auto Belays 73 & 74

= Boulders  =  

1st Comp Wall Strip

2nd Yann G, Alex P, Evie C, Matt VC, Owen B | Comp Wall

5th Yann G, Evie C, Owen B, Rob W | Lower Mezz

19th Alex P, Imi BS, Evie C, Billie S | Upper Mezz Left

29th Boulder Comp Wall Strip

 = Routes =   

6th Clive F | Lines 66, 67

7th Clive F | Lines 47, 48

20th Alex P | Lines 99, 100, 101

21st Alex P | Lines 11 & 12

27th Owen B | Line 72

28th Owen B | Lines 41, 42

= Boulders  =  

1st Alex P, Evie C, Ed H, Owen B | Boulder Comp Wall

4th Evie C, Owen B, Alex P, Rob W | Cave

15th Matt VC, Evie C, Alex P, Owen B | Upper Mezz – Right Side

18th Yann G, Evie C, Imi BS, Billie S | Lowe Mezz

25th Alex P, Evie C, Rich H, Owen B | Upper Mezz – Left Side


 = Routes =   

5th Clive F | Lines 70 & 71

6th Clive F | Auto Belays 34 & 35

12th Owen B | Auto Belays 9 & 10

13th Yann G, Owen B | Lines 68, 60, 61, 62 & 63

18th Lead Comp Wall Strip

19th Alex P, Yann G | Lead Comp Wall

20th Alex P, Yann G | Lead Comp Wall

26th Rich H | Lines 16, 17 & 18

27th Rich H | Lines 96, 97 & 98

= 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

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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