A new climbing and bouldering centre has opened in York for people who want to get to the top!
Freeklime is based on Kettlestring Lane at Clifton Moor. It is the second centre in the group, which began in Huddersfield.
Freeklime MD Chris Whitehead began the business after he was introduced to climbing by a family friend on local Yorkshire Gritstone edges such as Brimham Rocks.
Freeklime York is a climbing gym which boasts more than 200 climbing routes within 9,657 sq ft of space.
The routes are changed weekly to offer visitors fresh challenges. The facility has an accessible route path throughout for people who wish to watch rather than participate, and a light refreshment area selling drinks and snacks.
There’s also a private space and amenities for businesses wishing to utilise the space for corporate networking, training events, team building activities and climbing socials.
Chris, 27, said: “The beauty of climbing is that you can go at a pace that you are most comfortable with.
“Climbing improves concentration levels, builds resilience and anyone can get involved regardless of ability.”
He wants it to be an inclusive space.
“Our Huddersfield site proudly hosts regular climbing socials for LGBTQIA+ groups, schools that work with neurodivergent children as well as local businesses,” Chris said.
“My intention is to replicate this model in York and to further extend the activities as inclusion and accessibility plays a huge part in the Freeklime model.”
You can find out more on the Freeklime on its website.