Welcome to Essex’s largest Indoor Climbing Centre

The Lock Climbing Wall in Harlow provides great climbing experiences for all ages and abilities.

Welcome back (again!)

The Lock is pleased to announce that following the recent statement from the UK Government;
We will be reopening as of Wednesday 2nd December.

The Lock will still be operating under Tier 2 restrictions as before the lockdown – limited capacity, pre-booked slots only, no hire kit – so please check out our website for further information and to book your slot.

Booking will be accessible from Saturday 28th November online only. Staff will be back in centre from 2nd December.

The team at the Lock will contact all members with a current pass- monthly or annual – to discuss reactivation and members codes.
Everyone at the Lock thanks you all for your patience through the recent enforced closures and we are looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Temporary pricing

Adult Members £7
Adult Non-Members £10.50
Youth  Members £5
Youth Non-Members £5

All 2 hr slots
Peak/off peak and concession pricing is temporarily suspended

• If you have COVID-19 symptoms – fever, cough, sore throat – please do not travel to the wall.
• Please don’t climb if you are living with a vulnerable person.
• You must pre-book and pay for a slot online. Climbing and bouldering will be restricted to a 2 hour slot for the time being and slots are not movable or refundable.
• Climbers are asked to only book a single slot. We understand that climbing is a social event but in an effort to mitigate COVID-19 transmission we are limiting the exposure time of our customers by reducing attendance time, however a climbing and a bouldering slot may be booked one after the other.
• Roped climbing and bouldering must be booked separately. Roped climbing capacity is 30, bouldering is limited to 6 per slot.
• Climbing and bouldering slots are for experienced climbers only – We are currently not able to provide supervision or instruction for novice climbers of any age.
• Please remember to bring your own climbing kit – we will not be hiring equipment to customers for a while.
• Remember, floor space is at a premium, bags won’t be permitted in the wall, so try to minimise what you bring!
• We will not be accepting cash payments while you are onsite.

• A one way system has been introduced within the main building. Please follow the arrows and guidance.
• Use the hand sanitising station on arrival.
• Toilets will be limited to 1 person at a time so plan accordingly.
• Please sign in at the desk before entering the wall.
• There is now an entrance door and a separate exit door in the wall.
• We must stress the importance of cleaning your hands as soon as you have completed each and every climb. Sanitiser will be available within the wall for your convenience.
• Please respect other climbers’ social distance. Do NOT climb on a rope immediately adjacent to an active rope.
• Please be prudent when your time slot is finished and leave the wall quickly so we can accommodate more climbers. Staff will be on hand to advise and assist.

• The centre is being cleaned by our cleaner, on a daily basis. Additionally, staff will also be decontaminating ‘high use’ areas 3 times a day.
• Staff will be wearing gloves when on the desk and in the coffee shop.
• Only disposable cups, utensils and cutlery will be used in the coffee shop for the foreseeable future. All items will be 100% recyclable.
• The extraction fans will be working throughout operating hours to remove air from the main wall.
• Along with all Essex Outdoors centres, we’ve gained the ‘We’re good to go’ certification from Visit England

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