Learn to Lead

Learn to Lead

£ 90

Kendal, Cumbria, UK

Lessons & Courses
Minimum age: 14
Kendal, Cumbria, UK
Max. group size: 4
Cancellation: Custom
Minimum booking size: 1
£ 90

Activity Highlights:

Eager to elevate your climbing skills? Our ‘Learn to Lead’ course is your gateway to master the art of lead climbing. Ideal for those progressing from ‘Learn to Climb’ or seasoned climbers looking to hone their lead skills, this two-session course promises a comprehensive understanding of advanced climbing techniques.

Key Details

  • Duration: Two sessions of 2 hours each
  • Price: £90
  • Sessions: Wednesdays & Fridays – 7.30-9.30pm
  • Prior Experience: Competent top rope climber, or have attended a Learn to Climb – Part 1 course.

Key Skills

  • Advanced belaying techniques
  • Effective and safe clipping while lead climbing
  • Lead belaying introduction and practice
  • Understanding lead falls and catches

Course Breakdown

Session One (Wednesday)

  • Ensuring top roping expertise
  • Introduction to efficient clipping in lead climbing
  • Lead belaying basics
  • Belay positioning in relation to climber and wall

Session Two (Friday)

  • Hands-on practice of skills from the first session
  • Learning about lead falls and techniques to catch them
  • Differentiating between hard and soft catches


Our centre is in Kendal, in the Lake District. Easily accessible from the M6 or a short walk from Kendal Train Station.


Must be a competent top rope climber or have attended the ‘Learn to Climb – Part 1’ course. The minimum age requirement is 14 years.

Participants should be able to answer no to this question: Is the participant aware of any medical conditions or taking any medication that may affect their ability to take part in this session?

Why Choose Us?

Our climbing centre has been a cornerstone of climbing in the Lake District since 1995. Our state-of-the-art facilities, including a massive 25m lead wall, bouldering areas, auto-belays, and more, make us a top destination for climbers of all levels. Just minutes away from transportation hubs and open year-round, we cater to everyone from beginners to pros.

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What's Included:

  • 2 x 2 hour coaching sessions
  • Expert guidance from experienced instructors
  • All necessary climbing equipment
  • In-depth skill introduction and practice

What's Not Included:

  • Transport to and from the centre
  • Food or refreshments


Suitable for Events
Car parking available
Storage locker
Changing rooms available
On-site shop
Showers Available
Overnight Parking (free)
Free Wi-Fi

Frequently Asked Questions

Lead climbing is often the culmination of several basic climbing skills. Before learning to lead you will need to know how to put on a harness, tie in and belay skilfully using at least one type of belay device.

Not quite ready yet? Why not check out our Learn to Climb courses to get you started?

Ideally, lightweight sportswear and warmer outer layers such as a fleece. Trousers or leggings are recommended.

Long hair should be tied back, and necklaces, long earrings, rings, watches etc., should be removed to avoid the risk of getting caught and causing injury. Phones, wallets and other valuables should be removed from pockets and stored in a locker (please bring a pound coin for the lockers).

We have all the climbing equipment you will need for the session. Hire is included in the price.

Yes, we have changing rooms, toilets and showers. We also have accessible toilet facilities and baby changing.

Lockers are available and can be secured with a padlock or with a returnable £1 coin. We sell padlocks at reception if you need one.

Please kindly note that you are fully responsible for your belongings while on the premises.

Yes we have plenty of free, on-site parking.

Yes, participants must either be competent top rope climbers or have attended the ‘Learn to Climb – Part 1’ course.

If this is not yet you, consider our Learn To Climb course to get you started.

Please select your preferred start date (Wednesday) and your second session will be on the Friday following.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts

Custom Cancellation Policy

- Refundable up to 28 days.
- Between 28 days and 7 days it is transferrable but not refundable.
- Within 7 days of the course/session date the booking is non-transferable and non-refundable.