Self-belaying is not allowed at The Edge with any device.

School holiday opening times at The Edge

  • Monday to Friday: 6:30am to 10pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 6:30pm

Cost of climbing at The Edge

All climbers must be a registered climber to be able to access our edge facilities.
Please see the climbing facility terms and conditions of use before signing up.

Climbing costs
Climber Price
Annual Adult 18+ Registration £6
Registered Adult member per session £5.50
Non-registered Adult per session £5.50
Under 18 per session £5.50
Student 18+ £5.50

Climbing at The Edge

With over 300 square metres of climbing area, including an abseiling platform, 25 numbered panels with 70 graded routes and a separate bouldering cave, the Edge caters for all climbing abilities.

With indoor climbing you get the best possible workout. Even your mind benefits with the problem solving this sport demands, and you will learn mental control along with your improved climbing skills. As an exercise you get benefits from both endurance and strength training, and both fast and slow twitch muscles are required.

Climbing exercise engages and works all muscle groups simultaneously, while using and improving balance and coordination. Some may feel that working out at a fitness centre is a little boring; but exercise with climbing is always new, challenging, and motivating. You also benefit from the social aspect you experience, it's a place for trust building, camaraderie, and increasing self confidence.

With indoor climbing you will get a sense of accomplishment with your workout, and over a relatively short time improve your physical, mental, and even social aspects of your life.

Bouldering cave at The Edge

The Edge climbing wall also has a separate bouldering cave facility. 

Bouldering is a branch of rock climbing, performed at low level, usually above crash mats, and without the hindrance of equipment normally associated with climbing. This allows the participant to fully focus on the techniques and movements. Bouldering brings many benefits to those who partake in this activity, both seen (physical conditioning) and unseen (positive mental health), and through the camaraderie of interaction with others. It is one of the few activities that truly crosses all barriers and wholeheartedly engages those within its fold.

Bouldering benefits:

  • it is a total body exercise
  • works both anaerobic and aerobic systems
  • causes increases in strength, agility, endurance and flexibility, balance, eye and body co-ordination
  • causes an increase of muscle tone and promotes better dietary habits and lifestyle choices
  • focuses the mind and allows people internal escape from their everyday stresses
  • promotes positive mental, emotional and social health
  • creates a network of like minded individuals
  • provides experimental (hands on) learning
  • causes attainable goal-setting
  • empowers participants to reach beyond their personal limits
  • causes decision making involving risk and courage
  • promotes awareness and preservation of the natural environment
  • builds confidence, and self esteem
  • it is fun - it makes people smile and feel good

If you are new to climbing then the easiest way to enter the activity safely is via one of our frequent Beginners Courses. Alternatively, you can be brought to the centre by experienced, QE registered friends, who can look after you until such time as you are competent to become a registered member yourself. 

Contact us at The Edge

Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre

Name: Customer Service Team
Email: Queenelizabeth@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01202 888208
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