The Ultimate Rock Climbing Experience in Hemel Hempstead

If you’re ready for a thrilling adventure, look no further than Hertfordshire’s best venue at The XC activity centre, Hemel Hempstead.

Choose from our incredible Climbing Party, Caving Party, High Ropes Party, or combine all 3! The XC is the ultimate adventure activity centre for those seeking excitement, and our friendly instructors will ensure that all your guests have an amazing time. Book now for an unforgettable party experience.

Indoor Rock Climbing Experience

The XC in Hemel Hempstead, UK, is an extreme sports hub offering a range of exhilarating indoor climbing experiences that are guaranteed to leave you feeling accomplished and craving more. Whether you’re a complete novice or have some previous climbing experience, our professional instructors will ensure that you have a safe and exciting experience.


Want to try a rock climbing experience but don’t like heights? Try our Bouldering Induction sessions! Our instructors are friendly and will teach you the basics of bouldering. You’ll learn the correct techniques and safety measures for an enjoyable climb. 

1-2-1 sessions

Looking to improve your climbing skills or have a fun session with an instructor? Book a private climbing session with us for a 1-2-1 session with an instructor. It’s the best way to go if you’re nervous to start or want to see quick progression with a personal instructor. 

Rock Climbing Tasters

We have specific taster sessions for kids, adults, and families. Give big wall climbing a try in our fun and challenging taster sessions. Our expert instructors will help you safely scale our 14 metre high walls , giving you a taste of the adrenaline-fueled world of rock climbing. 

Why Choose Rock Climbing at The XC?


What is the minimum age requirement for climbing experiences?

The minimum age requirement for climbing experiences at The XC is 5 years old for family taster sessions and private 121 sessions, 7+ for junior taster sessions, and 16+ for bouldering inductions. Safety is our top priority, and we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. 

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. 

You’ll likely be on a guided session or being supervised by a competent climber, so just make sure your supervised climbing waiver has been filled in and you’re ready to go. Be sure to listen to qualified climbers to ensure a fun and safe visit. 

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.) Additionally, for those interested in indoor rock climbing, we have a variety of options available at our facility. 

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 jewellery and if you have long hair, this must be tied back into a low ponytail.