The XC - Your Extreme Sports Centre in Hemel Hempstead

Discover answers to frequently asked questions about The XC, Hemel Hempstead’s all-in-one extreme sports, caving, and skate park facility.

General Questions

The XC is an extreme sports facility located in Hemel Hempstead. We offer a wide range of activities including caving, skating, high ropes, climbing parties, BMX, and yoga.

Yes, we offer special rates for group bookings and parties. Contact us for more details.

You can book a session through our online booking system or by contacting us directly.

Each participant is required to have a valid Acknowledgement of Risk form completed prior to taking part in any activity. These forms detail the risks and hazards that can be found whilst participating at XC. If it is your first visit, or you are on an instructor led sessions, you will be further briefed before you take part.


Caving is not for the claustrophobic. You will mainly be crawling around tight tunnels. The taller you are and the bigger you are, the harder this activity becomes.

All necessary equipment will be provided by The XC. Just wear comfortable clothing.

We have a minimum age of 8 for caving. Although 6 & 7 year olds can attend if an adult is with them in the cave for the duration of their session.


We cater for all riders. Skateboards, Scooters, BMX, Inline. If you have something out of the ordinary, it would be best to email in and check before hand.

We have signage up around the skatepark on the type of behaviour expected, as well as in our Skatepark Acknowledgment of Risk form. So please ensure you read these.

We do not. You would be required to supply all your own equipment. Including helmets for under 18’s and any other safety equipment you would normally use.

This is personal preference. As long as it is not something that could offend another user or cause any harm to you or other riders.

Ropes and Climbing

We have a mixture of top ropes and lead walls.

Yes! Please check out the climbing pages and find what suits your needs!

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.

Yoga and Other Services

We currently offer 1 yoga class per week. This is for complete beginners for those who are more experienced.


We have an on site cafe that serves hot and cold food and drinks. So spend the day with us!