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  =  

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 

= Boulders  =  

5th Boulder Comp Wall Strip 

6th Evie C, Matt VC, Imi BS, Yann G | Boulder Comp Wall  

9th Owen B, Rob W, Yann G, Steve D | Cave  

16th Matt VC, Yann G, Emma T, Billie S | Upper Mezz Right Side 

23rd Matt VC, Yann G, Evie C, Rich H | Lower Mezz 

 = Routes =   

4th Yann G | Auto-Belays 73 & 74 

11th Emma T, Owen B | Lines 55, 56, 57, 58 

17th Emma T | Lines 19, 20, 21 

18th Yann G | Auto Belays 11 & 12 

24th Rich H | Lines 99, 100, 101 

25th Rich H | 102, 103, 104 

30th Stal Roof Strip 

31st Setters TBC | Stal Roof Set 

= Boulders  =  

2nd Boulder Comp Wall Strip 

3rd Nathan P, Evie C, Matt VC, Rob W | Boulder Comp Wall 

6th Emma T, Yann G, Howard B, Steve D | Upper Mezz Left Side 

20th Zoe W. Yann G, Matt VC, Billie S | Cave  

 = Routes =   

1st Owen B | Auto Belays 36 & 37 

7th Emma T, Owen B | Lines 49, 50, 51, 52 

8th Emma T | Lines 7 & 8  

21st Clive F, Owen B | Lines 70, 71, 72 

22nd Zoe W | Auto Belay 9 & 10 

27th Lead Comp Wall Strip 

28th Yann G, Lucy R | Lead Comp Wall 

= Boulders  =  

2nd Boulder Comp Wall Strip 

3rd Evie C, Matt VC, Nathan P, Yann G | Boulder Comp Wall 

6th Matt VC, Yann G, Rob W | Upper Mezz Right  

13th Howard B, Steve D, Yann G, Owen B | Lower Mezz 

20th Matt VC, Yann G, Billie S| Upper Mezz Left  

30th Boulder Comp Wall Strip  

31st Matt VC, Zoe W, Ed H, Evie C | Boulder Comp Wall   

 = Routes =   

1st Yann G, Lucy R | Lead Comp Wall 

7th Owen B | Lines 47 & 48 

8th Owen B | Auto-Belays 36 & 37 

14th Clive F, Yann G | Lines 59, 60, 61, 62, 63 

15th Clive F | Lines 41 & 42 

21st Yann G | Auto-Belays 73 & 74 

22nd Emma T | Lines 96, 97 & 98 

28th Zoe W | Lines 09, 91, 92 

29th Zoe W | Lines 78, 79, 80 

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!

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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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