Climbing in Sheffield isn't all about the crags and grit at its borders. Just as well, too, with the weather being as temperamental as it is here. But with four indoor walls to its name, Sheffield never leaves its climbing community yearning for an ascent or a bouldering problem, even on the most miserable of days. Many have special kids areas and cafes, making them perfect for all the family. Offering guidance on technique and kit, these walls are also the ideal places for beginners to get to grips with the sport before heading out to Stanage and the likes.
Indoor climbing walls in the UK can be dated back to the opening of The Foundry in 1991. The wall set the standards for hundreds of others across the country, and its varied surfaces and routes (including a kids' circuit) mean it's still well renowned amongst the most expert of climbers.
Unit 2, 45 Mowbray Street, S3 8EN
0114 279 6331
When it opened in 2006, the Works was the world's biggest bouldering centre. Today, it has it all: good coffee, a great soundtrack, free improver classes, loads of surfaces, and even a mini wall reserved for children and newbies.
Unit B, Centenary Works, Little London Road, S8 0UJ
0114 250 9990
Sheffield is home to one of four Awesome Walls centres. Here, there's opportunity to tackle over 300 routes at all grades, practice in two bouldering areas, and entertain kids in a special space-themed zone.
Garter Street, S4 7QX
0114 244 6622
It's part of the University of Sheffield's Goodwin Sports Centre, but the Matrix bouldering wall is open to the general public and students alike. The large wall is less of a social centre than some of the others, but it's a great place to set your mind to problems, which are reset regularly.
Goodwin Sports Centre, Northumberland Road, S10 2TY
0114 22 26999