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  =  

2nd Matt VC, Evie C, Nathan P, Rob W, Zoe W | Boulder Comp Wall 

12th Matt VC, Evie C, Owen B | Lower Mezz 

19th Matt VC, Yann G, Hannah A, Alex P | Upper Mezz Left 

26th Emma T, Matt VC, Evie C | Cave  

 = Routes =   

1st Zoe W | Lines 76/77 Party Lead Routes 

2nd Stew T | Speed Party Route 

6th Clive F | Lines 7 & 8 

7th Clive F | Lines 32 & 33 

13th Matt VC, Yann G | Lines 59 to 63 

14th Yann G | Auto Belays 34 & 35 

20th Yann G, Zoe W| Lead Comp Wall  

21st Yann G, Zoe W| Lead Comp Wall  

27th Emma T, Yann G | Lines 43, 44, 45, 46 

28th Emma T | Auto Belays 73 & 74 

= Boulders  =  

6th Boulder Comp Wall Strip

7th Matt VC, Evie C, Ed H, Jake M | Boulder Comp Wall

10th Emma T, Matt VC, Imi BS | Upper Mezz Right

17th Matt VC, Evie C, Alex P, Owen B | Lower Mezz

 = Routes =   

4th Matt VC | Lines 90, 91 & 92

5th Owen B | Line 27

11th Emma T | Lines 84, 85, 86

12th Emma T | Auto Belays 11 & 12

18th Clive F | Lines 64 & 65

19th Clive F | Lines 13, 14 & 15

= Boulders  =  

3rd Boulder Comp Wall Strip 

4th Matt VC, Evie C, Ed H, Rob W | Boulder Comp Wall 

7th Matt VC, Yann G, Evie C, Billie S | Upper Mezz Left  

14th Emma T, Owen B | Cave  

21st Matt VC, Yann G, Billie S | Upper Mezz Right  

 = Routes =   

1st Yann G | Lines 16, 17, 18 

2nd Clive F | Auto Belays 36 & 37 

8th Matt VC, Yann G, Owen B | Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 

9th Yann G | Lines 75, 76, 77 

15th Emma T | Lines 87, 88, 89 

16th Emma T | Auto Belays 9 & 10  

22nd Clive F | Lines 93, 94 & 95  

23rd Clive F | Lines 39, 40 

28th Lead Comp Wall Strip 

29th & 30th Yann G, Max A | Lead Comp Wall  

= Boulders  =  

1st Boulder Comp Wall Strip 

2nd Matt VC, Eve C, Yann G, Jake M | Boulder Comp Wall  

5th Emma T, Matt VC, Imi BS, Billie S | Lower Mezz 

12th Matt VC, Yann G, Owen B, Rob W | Upper Mezz Left  

 = Routes =   

6th Emma T | Lines 81, 82 & 83 

7th Emma T | Auto Belays 34 & 35  

13th Clive F | Lines 53 & 54 

14th Clive F | Lines 66 & 67 

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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