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 over 300 routes and up to 200 boulder problems, and we keep them fresh with regular setting rotations from some international names.

Check out the latest setting dates!

Route Setting Calendar

= Routes =  

3rd Yann, Gavin S | Lead Comp Wall

4th Yann, Gavin S | Lead Comp Wall

10th Yann | Lines 68, 69

11th Yann | Lines 73, 74

17th Matt VC | Lines 11, 12

18th Ed W | Lines 95, 96, 97

24th Matt VC | Lines 43, 44, 45

25th Ed W | Lines 6, 7, 8


= Boulders  =

6th Yann, Evie C, Nathan P, Matt VC | Boulder Comp Wall

9th Yann, Evie C, Matt VC | Boulder Cave

16th Evie C, Nathan P, Matt VC | Upper Mezz Right

23rd Evie C, Matt VC, Ed W | Lower Mezz

= Routes =  

2nd Max A, Yann G | Birthday Party Speed/Lead Comp Routes 

6th Yann G, Matt VC | Lines 87/88/89/90/91  

7th Yann G, Matt VC | Lines 59/60/61/62/63 

8th Yann G | Lines 36/37  

14th Clive F | Lines 64/65   

15th Yann G | Lines 66/67  

21st Yann G | Lines 92/93/94 

22nd Clive F | Lines 9/10  

29th Emma T, Ed W, Clive F | Stal Roof 

= Boulders  =

4th Evie C, Nathan P, Max A, Yann G | Birthday Party Boulder Comp  

13th Evie C, Yann G, Matt VC, Hannah A | Upper Mezz Left 

20th Evie C, Yann G, Matt VC | Cave  

= Routes =  

5th Gavin S | Lines 98, 99, 100

6th Max A | Auto-Belays 34, 35

12th Yann G | Lines 16, 17, 18

13th Yann G | Lines 13, 14, 15

19th Emma T | Lines 101, 102, 103

20th Emma T | Auto-Belays 73, 74

= Boulders  =

1st Hannah A, Matt VC, Ed H, Ed W | Boulder Comp Wall

4th Evie C, Matt VC, Ed W, Gavin S | Upper Mezz Right

11th Evie C, Yann G, Matt VC, Callum T | Lower Mezz

18th Evie C, Yann G, Hannah A | Upper Mezz Left

= Routes =  

2nd Stew | Line 72 

3rd Ed W | Line 53/54 

9th Emma T | Auto-Belay Lines 11/12 

10th Emma T, Yann G | Lines 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 

16th Clive F | Lines 49, 50 

17th Clive F | Lines 51, 52 

23rd Matt VC | Auto-Belay Lines 36/37 

24th Yann G | Lines 75/76/77 

30th Yann G, Max A | Lead Comp Wall  

= Boulders  =

5th Evie C, Nathan P, Matt VC, Ed H | Boulder Comp Wall (UV Comp) 

8th Evie C, Emma T, Matt VC | Cave  

15th Evie C, Yann G, Matt VC, Hannah A | Upper Mezz Right  

22nd Evie C, Yann G, Nathan P, Matt VC | Lower Mezz 

= Routes =  

1st Yann G, Max A | Lead Comp Wall 

7th Emma T | Lines 78, 79, 80

8th Emma T | Auto-Belays 9 and 10 

14th Yann G | Lines 81, 82, 83 

15th Yann G | Lines 19, 20, 21

= Boulders  =

3rd Evie C, Yann G, Andrew Y, Matt VC | Boulder Comp Wall 

6th Evie C, Yann G, Emma T, Hannah A | Upper Mezz Left

13th Evie C, Yann G, Matt VC | Boulder Cave 

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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