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

= Boulders  =  

5th Boulder Comp Wall Strip

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

9th Matt VC, Evie C, Alex p, Jamie L | Lower Mezz

16th Matt VC, Yann G, Jamie L, Danny P | Upper Mezz Left

23rd Matt VC, Alex P, Owen B | Cave

= Routes =   

3rd Matt VC, Owen B | Auto Belays 11 & 12

4th Yann G, Lines 16, 17, 18

10th Matt VC, Clive F, Owen B | Lines 1-6

11th Clive F | Lines 64, 65

17th Owen B | Lines 39, 40

18th Yann G | Auto Belays 36 & 37

24th Emma T | Lines 66, 67

25th Emma T | Lines 93, 94, 95

= Boulders  =  

9th Boulder Comp Wall Strip  

10th Matt VC, Evie C, Emma T, Jay L | Boulder Comp Wall  

13th Matt VC, Yann G, Hannah A, Owen B | Upper Mezz Right  

20th Matt VC, Yann G, Evie C | Lower Mezz  

30th Boulder Comp Wall Strip  

= Routes =   

7th Emma T, Yann G | Lead Comp Wall 

8th Emma T, Yann G | Lead Comp Wall 

14th Matt VC | Auto Belays 9 & 10 

15th Yann G | Lines 75, 76 & 77

21st Yann G, Owen B | Lines 99, 100, 101 & 72

22nd Yann G | Lines 102, 103 & 104 

28th Matt VC, Owen B | Lines 49, 50, 51, 52  

29th Callum T | Auto-Belays 34 & 35  

= Boulders  =  

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

4th Matt VC, Imi BS, Evie C, Owen B | Upper Mezz Left Side 

11th Matt VC, Evie C, Alex P, Danny P | Upper Mezz Right Side 

18th Matt VC, Hannah A, Gavin S | Cave  

25th Matt VC, Yann G, Evie C, Gavin S, Billie S | Lower Mezz   

= Routes =   

5th Matt VC, Owen B | Lines 55, 56, 57, 58  

12th Clive F | Lines 53, 54 

13th Clive F | Auto-Belays 73 & 74 

19th Gavin S | Lines 81, 82, 83  

20th Clive F | Lines 47, 48 

26th Gaz P | Lines 19, 20, 21 

27th Owen B | Auto-Belays 11 & 12  

= Boulders  =  

4th Boulder Comp Wall Strip 

5th Matt VC, Nathan P, Alex P, Yann G | Boulder Comp Wall 

8th Matt VC, Yann G, Alex P, Owen B | Upper Mezz Left 

15th Matt VC, Evie C, Gavin S | Cave 

22nd Matt VC, Evie C, Hannah A | Upper Mezz Right   

= Routes =   

2nd Stal Roof Strip 

3rd Yann G, Gavin S, Owen B | Stal Roof Lines 28-31 

9th Yann G | Lines 78, 79, 80 

10th Yann G | Auto Belays 36, 37 

16th Gavin S | Lines 70, 71 

17th Gaz P | Lines 41, 42 

23rd Clive F | Lines 68, 69 

24th Clive F | Auto Belays 9 & 10 

30th Matt VC | Lines 96, 97, 98  

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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