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Try climbing to new heights with this beginners weekend..

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Level

    1 One

There’s no doubting that climbing is becoming more popular and so if you’re looking to take the plunge and get a slice of the rocky stuff for the first time, then this weekend in the Peak District has got your name on it!

In a nutshell:

  • Staying in the heart of the Peak District.
  • Two days’ of adventure that will provide you with the toolbox of essential climbing skills.
  • Camaraderie aplenty along with great food (and lots of it).

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You’ll see why we picked Castleton YHA as our venue for the weekend as it’s slap bang in the middle of the beautiful Dark Peak area, and a veritable playground for the climbing community.

Once you’re settled in, the sociable open plan lounging and eating area will lend itself to getting the conversation going as we serve the evening’s Ice Breaker meal.

We took up the challenge of enjoying a day climbing in the Peak District

Saturday + Sunday

During the two days you’ll try a selection of climbs and also learn a ‘toolbox’ of essential climbing techniques ready to progress your climbing in the future if you choose.  We’ll also visit a variety of venues to give you a thorough taste of the amazing climbing the Peak District has to offer. The selection of techniques covered will include:

  • Choosing and the correct use of equipment
  • Understanding climbing grade systems and the use of guidebooks
  • Crag etiquette
  • Climbing movement skills
  • Correct methods for tying into a rope
  • Belaying and lowering other climbers
  • Understanding climbing terminology
  • Understanding types of rock climbing protection
  • Placing protection and setting up anchors to belay a partner
  • Plenty of climbing!

The weekend is not only suitable for those new to climbing but also for indoor climbers who are keen to develop their skills outside.

All equipment and expert tuition is provided, together with an evening meal on the Saturday evening.

Who will be looking after you...

John Hart one of our guides on a training trip to the Cairngorms
John Hart
Mountain Leader

Our Base:

We have the exclusive hire of Castleton Mews, a separate building in the grounds of Castleton Losehill Hall, a huge gothic Victorian mansion that has recently been totally renovated. The Mews has a great social space, and sits within easy reach of the village of Castleton, as well as the hills that surround it.


You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

Food Provided:

For this weekend we provide the following meals: evening meals on both Friday and Saturday, breakfasts, and a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk.

Please note for our 2018 dates we will be heading out to a local pub on the Saturday night and this is NOT included in the price.

As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes. We do not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own.


This is offered on a single sex shared room basis. All bedding is provided but you will need to bring your own towel.

Please note we are unable to accept dogs on this weekend, with the exception of registered guided dogs which are welcome on all of our trips. 

If you have further questions please view our FAQ’s page or email the main Large Outdoors office.

Venue Address:

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall
Hope Valley,
S33 8WB

  • By Train:

    Nearest Station: Hope

    Collection Times: Each train arriving between 3pm & 9pm.

    For this weekend we can collect and return train travellers to the train station that is nearest to our base.

    Places for this shuttle service are limited and must be booked at least five days before the trip takes place by contacting the Large Outdoors office to reserve space.

    At the end of the trip we will endeavour to get you back to the same station by a certain time. However as the finishing time might vary, we would strongly advise booking an open return ticket that will provide you with greater flexibility.

  • By Car:

    Entrance is on the A625 from Sheffield/Hathersage and is on the East end of the village.

    From the west, take the A625 from Chapel en le Frith following signs for Castleton Blue John Caverns and turn down the Winnats Pass (very steep). The detour signs from the west can be confusing and add considerably to the journey. Please follow these directions rather than Satnav as the postcode covers a large area.

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Losehill Hall
Hope Valley
S33 8WB
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What our members have to say...

  • I have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
    I have learned new skills and gained confidence in the outdoors from the mountain leaders. I thoroughly enjoy every weekend and always look forward to the next.
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    Member Since 2014
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  • I love the concept of the Large Outdoors weekends and I like to have at least one or two booked for the future, to have something to look forward to. A weekend trip finds me visiting some fabulous parts of the country: Northumberland, Dorset, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, North York Moors... hills, mountains, moors and coast - all well covered by the amazing choice of locations to pick from, with decent (or lovely!) accommodation, great food and qualified walk leaders. They're also very good value.
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    Sue Langford
    Member since 2008
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.
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