Conditions of Use at Substation Bouldering


“The British Mountaineering Council recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.”

Although the climbing centre is an artificial environment the risks involved are no less serious than when climbing outside on a crag or mountain. There is an additional risk that bolt-on holds can spin or break.

The soft flooring under the bouldering walls is designed to provide a more comfortable landing for climbers falling or jumping from the bouldering wall.


Broken and sprained limbs are common on this type of climbing wall despite the soft landing. Uncontrolled falls are likely to result in injuries to yourself or others.

Climbing beyond your capabilities on any wall is likely to result in a fall. Any fall may result in an injury despite the safety systems in place to avoid it. You must make your own assessment of the risks whenever you climb.

Our Duty of Care

The rules of the climbing centre set out above are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities. They are part of the duty of care that we, as operators, owe to you, the customer, by law. As such they are not negotiable and if you are not prepared to abide by them then the staff must politely ask you to leave.

Your Duty of Care

You also have a duty of care to act responsibly towards the other users of the centre. Statements of ‘Good Practice’ are posted around the centre adjacent to the relevant facilities. These describe the accepted methods of use and how customers would normally be expected to behave towards each other.

Supervised Climbing

An adult who has registered at the centre may supervise up to two novice climbers as long as they are prepared to take full responsibility for the safety of those people. Groups of three or more novices must only be supervised by an instructor holding the relevant Mountain Leader Training Board qualification.

Unsupervised Climbing

Before you climb without supervision the centre expects you to be able to describe the dangers involved with bouldering and accept the risks involved.

You are required to register to say that you are prepared to abide by the Rules below and that you understand the risks involved in your participation. Anyone who has not registered is classed as a novice and must not climb without supervision.

Unsupervised climbing is just that! Staff will provide whatever help and advice they can, but instruction in the climbing techniques will only be provided where it has been booked and paid for in advance. If you are not confident in the use of any facility or technique, then do not attempt to use it without the supervision of someone who is competent to do so.


All children in the centre must be supervised by an adult unless they have been assessed by the management and registered for unsupervised climbing.

Media Consent

I hereby authorise Substation Macclesfield LTD with the permission to photograph and/or film me and grant all rights to them to use the photo(s) and video(s), in whole or in part, for the purposes of publicity and/or promotion. 

Without any further consideration for you, I hereby grant permission to you to utilise my appearance without limitation for the purposes of publicity, advertising and sales promotion; and to use my name, likeness, voice, biographic or other for commercial tie-ups, merchandising, and for any other purpose. I further acknowledge that Substation Macclesfield LTD owns all the rights to the results and proceeds of the recorded media. 

I agree to my participation in photographs and/or videos and understand that these may be edited. I expressly release you, your agents, employees, licensees and assigns from and against any and all claims which I have or may have for invasion of privacy, defamation or any other cause of action arising out of the production, distribution, broadcasting or exhibition of the recorded media. 

Rules of Substation Bouldering
• Please remove all jewellery before climbing.
• Keep the matting and landing areas clear at all times – please place belongings in the lockers provided.
• Never stand or climb directly under anyone who is climbing, ensure a clear distance and remember that overhangs require more landing space. Always look around you to spot danger.
• Do not distract other climbers.
• Report any broken or spinning holds immediately to reception.
• Ensure you ALWAYS warm up before a session.
• Always try to climb down if possible, using any holds. If you fall or jump, please ensure this is done in a safe manner.
• Always climb within your capabilities.
• Do not boulder/climb whilst wearing a harness or any hanging hardware.