It has one of the largest concentrations of climbers in the world and is home to a great variety of indoor climbing walls. With routes and boulder problems to suit the total beginner to the expert competition climber, it boasts some world-class route setting and innovative training setups. Only a 20 minute drive from the city centre will get you out in the amazing Peak District National Park with some of the UK’s most popular and inspiring gritstone trad routes, technical bouldering and challenging limestone sport routes.

Top 5 Best Indoor Climbing Walls in Sheffield

All of these walls offer introductory courses and coaching sessions for new climbers. Just take along your rock climbing shoes, chalk and harness (no need for a harness when bouldering). For our rock climbing gear essentials list click here.

For further information on wall entry and courses, please contact the climbing wall directly.

1. The Foundry Indoor Climbing Wall (one of Decathlon Sheffield's partners)

Unit 2, 45 Mowbray Street, S3 8EN

0114 279 6331

The Foundry

Lead climbing set by world-class route setters, top roping, auto belays, bouldering on the infamous ‘Wave’, Kids circuits, Moon board, Lattice board, campus and circuit boards in the training area, shop and cafe.

2. The Climbing Works Indoor Bouldering Centre

Unit B, Centenary Works, Little London Road, S8 0UJ

0114 250 9990


Bouldering set by competition route setters, ‘Beastmakers’ motherboards, campus and circuit board, training area, shop and cafe.

3. The Mini Works Indoor Bouldering Centre

Next to the Climbing Works

Childrens specific bouldering, cafe.

Also runs children’s sessions and coaching groups from age 0 upwards. See our Decathlon Sheffield's partner’s website RockTots for fun and educational skills-based sessions.

4. Awesome Walls indoor climbing wall

Garter Street, S4 7QX

0114 244 6622

Awesome Walls

Lead climbing, top roping, auto belays, kids routes, bouldering, campus and circuit boards in the training area, cafe and children’s play area.

5. The Matrix indoor bouldering

Goodwin Sports Centre, Northumberland Road, S10 2TY

0114 22 26999

The Matrix

Part of the University of Sheffield’s Goodwin Sports Centre but open to the public.

The 5 Best Crags for Trad Rock Climbing on Gritstone in the Peak District. 

We are spoilt for choice with the incredible range of rock climbing in the Peak District. It is highly recommended for beginner climbers to have introductory climbing sessions before attempting rock climbing outdoors, such as this one here with Decathlon Sheffield's partner and reputable climbing wall The Foundry

As with all sport and trad rock climbing we recommend wearing a helmet, even when belaying. There is always a risk of loose rock and the bolting of routes can be variable.

Please read the BMC’s safety advice before you get started here. 

1. Stanage Edge is one of the most popular climbing locations in the Peak District and UK. Around 2000 routes, mostly vertical and up to 20m high. Stanage Edge 

2. Millstone Edge is a great mix of grades and around 200 routes to test yourself on aretes, sheer walls and cracks. Millstone Edge 

3. Froggatt Edge boasts around 450 trad routes with some top quality slabs and crack climbs.

Froggatt Edge 

4. Curbar Edge has over 600 climbs to choose from. A haven for steep crack climbing and hard grade routes. Curbar Edge 

5. Gardoms Edge. With 380 routes this slightly more secluded edge is a nice change from the busier crags.

Gardoms Edge

Top 5 Recommended Sport Climbing Crags in the Peak District on Limestone 

1. Horseshoe Quarry. 321 routes up to 23m high. The centre of mid and low grade sport climbing in the Peak District. Horseshoe Quarry 

2. Chee Dale Upper and Lower. Over 500 great routes generally at the harder end of the grades. Chee Dale

3. Harpur Hill Quarry. 376 routes up to 33m high. A nice selection of lower grade sport routes. Harpur Hill 

4. Ravens Tor. Around 270 routes of hard climbing on overhanging, long, crimpy and pumpy routes. Ravens Tor 

5. Water-cum-jolly. 400 routes. Some slightly neglected but good climbs to be enjoyed. Water-cum-jolly

The 5 best Gritstone Bouldering areas in the Peak District 

The Peak District is well known for its challenging and technical gritstone boulders. There are so many excellent areas to discover and explore. For our rock climbing gear essentials list click here and for the BMC safety advice on climbing here.

1. Stanage Plantation is an impressive and varied collection of technical boulders ranging from the easiest to hard f8 plus problems. Plantation 

2. Burbage South Valley. An excellent beginners boulder field with a great mix of grades with good landings. Burbage South 

3. Curbar Boulders. Some great quality and well known boulders and problems. Curbar 

4. Robin Hood’s Stride is a beautiful area near Matlock with some top quality boulders with generally good landings. Robin Hood's Stride

Situated right next to Cratcliffe, another picturesque wooded area with a superb collection of lower grade problems. Cratcliffe 

5. Anston Stones. Around 160 limestone boulder problems in a beautiful woodland setting. Anston Stones

Sheffield’s best local Artificial Outdoor Climbing Boulders 

These purpose-built concrete boulders are a great place to start rock climbing outdoors and are very convenient being so local. They are fun and free to use and you can find eliminates topos for some of them at Sheffield Boulder

The landings vary from woodchip to matting but won’t guarantee your safety so be sure to work out your climbing route down and read the BMC’s advice for climbing here

1 & 2. Heeley Boulders

Heeley Millenium Park, Gleadless Road, Sheffield S2 3DJ

Original Heeley Boulder

New Heeley Boulder 

3. Sharrow Cemetery Park Boulder

Near Montague Street / Cemetery Road, Sheffield S11 8FQ

Cemetery Park Boulder 

4. St. Mary’s Church Boulder

Near Clough Road / Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4QZ

St. Mary's Church Boulder 

5. The Ponderosa Crookesmoor Boulder

Near Crookes Valley Road, Sheffield S6 3FG

Ponderosa Crookesmoor Boulder

For any extra advice on rock climbing in Sheffield and the Peak District, climbing gear, courses or shoes and harness fitting, contact one of our Sports Experts using the Ask an expert function.