Elevate Your Experience
at The XC’s Climbing Centre

Ready to take your skills to new heights? Adrenaline junkies and climbing enthusiasts can look no further than The XC climbing Centre, Hertfordshire. Our facility offers a huge variety of challenging routes.

The XC offers an unparalleled experience for climbers of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner looking to conquer your first wall or an experienced climber seeking the thrill of a new challenge, The XC is the place to be. If you are looking for a unique indoor experience in the home counties or London then you should give XC a visit! Get ready to push your limits and reach new summits at our outstanding climbing wall, Hertfordshire.

What activities can you do at the XC’s Climbing wall?

Unsupervised Climbing

Perfect for experienced climbers who have completed a competency assessment. Test your skills without any restrictions on a variety of challenging routes. Our climbing centre also uses top-notch equipment to take you to the next level.

Our adult courses are designed to help you master the basics and practice techniques. We offer inductions, courses, and individual coaching to help you reach your goals. Whether you’re a complete novice or experienced climber, our qualified instructors will provide expert guidance on our indoor climbing wall.

Kids Climbing

Take the first step with our range of activities for youngsters. From introductory taster sessions to NICAS courses, we offer a perfect opportunity for children to discover the joy of this sport. Whether you’re a novice or experienced climber, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

One off Experiences

From one-to-ones to larger group sizes of all ages. Our beginner friendly taster sessions are a great opportunity for new climbers and families. We offer a range of activities to cater to all skill levels.


Join our community for exclusive benefits. Discounted access to new routes, members-only events, and more. Connect with like-minded individuals and expand your network.

The UK’s Best Climbing Parties

Looking for a fun and unique party? Look no further than The XC. Our parties are designed specifically for kids with a minimum age of 5. These parties include a Safety Briefing to ensure a fun and safe experience in a safe environment. The kids will have a blast on the wall with our bouldering, top rope & auto belays. Plus we have party room hire, party food and much more- everything your child needs to have a great time under supervision.

Why Choose Rock Climbing at The XC?


What if I’m a first time climber?

If you are new to climbing, there is no need to worry! Our rock climbing courses are specifically designed for beginners like yourself. We have various taster sessions and beginner experiences available for adults, families, and groups, allowing you to experience the thrill of rock climbing without having to commit to a course.  In addition, we offer beginner courses suitable for individuals of all ages, ranging from junior courses starting for 7-year-olds to adult courses in climbing and bouldering inductions for users aged 16+. You will be accompanied by experienced instructors who will provide guidance throughout your journey. 


At The XC, the safety of our participants is our top priority. We are dedicated to creating a secure climbing environment by strictly adhering to the safety protocols established by the Association of British Climbing Walls (ABC). Our climbing walls undergo regular inspections and maintenance by certified professionals to ensure their structural integrity. 

 We provide all the necessary safety equipment, including harnesses, helmets, and top ropes. Our friendly instructors are highly knowledgeable in proper belaying techniques and will be there to assist you throughout your climbing experience. Our instructors are always available to assist you, as we maintain set instructor-to-climber ratios. 

Dress appropriately according to the temperature outside. Although we are an enclosed building, it can be hot in summer and cold in winter. Wear layers that can be easily removed if you become hot. Dresses and skirts are not permitted. Remove all jewelry and if you have long hair, this must be tied back into a low ponytail.  Tops must be worn at all times.

We do offer equipment hire for shoes, harnesses, belay devices, and chalk bags for rental if you don’t have your own but these are subject to availability. If you have your own equipment that is in good condition you can use it. (Note to climbers: You’ll need to bring an appropriately rated 30m rope (minimum) to lead the walls at XC.) 

Yes, you can definitely organise a climbing party or event at The XC! We offer group packages for birthdays, corporate events, and other special occasions. Our experienced instructors will be there to ensure everyone has a fantastic time while maintaining a safe and enjoyable climbing experience. Whether you’re planning a fun day out with friends or team-building activities for your colleagues, our climbing walls and facilities provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable event. Visit our party page or groups page for more info 

We have 20 lead lines, with a great variety of routes. Most routes range from 4 – 7c+ in difficulty. We have a natural feature wall which can be climbed without using any holds at all, climbers can utilise the natural holds and features of the wall to make it to the top. Our walls feature a combination of Lightwave, Cristalithe and Mozaik climbing systems 

Our 6 Auto Belays allow you to climb alone should you wish, 1 of which is on the 14m wall. 

We have 16 top rope ready walls. 10 on our 14m high walls, and 6 on 8m walls. The routes grade from 3 – 7c and are reset regularly to provide an adequate challenge and variety for experienced climbers.  

We also have a reinforced wall section that you can use to practice trad placements, but please note you will need to be backed up by a top rope when practicing this. Please ask the team for more info if you’re interested in trying trad climbing at XC.