18A022 Climbing for Scout Leaders

Brimham Rocks

Grid Ref (Car Park): SE 207645 (Landranger sheet 99)

Meet in the car park (left side of driveway). NB The car park is operated by the National Trust. If you intend to park for the day, parking is free for NT members with their car park pass or membership card but there is a charge otherwise.

Aim of the Course:

An opportunity for leaders to gain skills necessary for a Scout permit. 

This event is designed to enable leaders with any level of personal climbing experience to learn and practice the techniques necessary for a Scout Permit and to undergo a technical assessment where appropriate.  The event runs concurrently with a Scout climbing activity at the same venue, so offers the opportunity for adults with personal climbing experience to develop the party management skills necessary for leading activities for groups of young people.

This event is open to warranted leaders or adult helpers in compliance with the Association’s safeguarding policies and rules.

PLEASE NOTE: Leaders seeking a technical assessment for a permit should submit a permit application prior to the event.  For a summary of the rules applicable to scout climbing, details of the Permit Scheme, and of the standards required, please see the Climbing activity overview  (also available on the Land Activities web page).  You should NOT expect to gain a permit simply by attending this course.


From the East: take the B6165 from Knaresborough to Pateley Bridge. At Burnt Yates turn right, signposted to the rocks. After 3 miles turn right at the crossroads.  After passing outcrops (Bat Buttress) on the right, the main car park is on the left a little further on.

From the West (Pateley Bridge): take the B6165 towards Knaresborough, then turn left onto the B6265. Follow signposts from here.

From the North (Ripon): Take the B6265 toward Pateley Bridge. After about 7 miles, shortly after a Welcome to Nidderdale sign, turn left for Brimham rocks. The car park is on the right after about 2 miles.


All specialist climbing gear will be provided and instructions given on their best practice. This will include harnesses and helmets for those who don’t have their own.


What to Bring:

Warm clothing including a pair of trousers to climb in.  Fleece to keep warm whilst stood around. Stiff soled approach shoes as the area around and on approach to the crag can be wet and muddy.

Large (35l) rucksack, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat, gloves, trainers to climb in.  Flask and water bottle (1 litre), packed lunch, first aid kit, sun cream and any personal climbing gear.

More information: contact Steve at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Appendix 1:  Rules applying to Scout climbing

The specific rules in POR that apply to scout climbing are:

Rule 9.7 Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme
Rule 9.34 Climbing and Abseiling

Plus the general activity rules:

Rule 9.1 Activity Rules – Application
Rule 9.2 Preparations
Rule 9.3 InTouch
Rule 9.4 Risk Assessment
Rule 9.5 Emergency Procedure

At commercially operated climbing walls the following apply:

Rule 9.9 Use of professional Centres and Instructors
Factsheet FS120086 Commercially Led Activity Index.  This sets out the standards which apply to professional instructors who are not holders of a Scout Association permit.

Climbing at crags in Terrains 1 and 2 requires the party to include leaders with the appropriate hill walking permit and Rule 9.32 Party Size also applies.  This limits the group size to 7 (exceptionally 8).

In addition the following fact sheets are useful:

FS120452 Single Pitch Climbing
FS120411 Care and Storage of Equipment
AC120908 Assessment Checklist Single Pitch Climbing

Up to date copies may be obtained online:

In addition to these factsheets (which give general guidance) there are specific techniques which you may need to know which can be found in the MLTB training handbook "Rock Climbing" by Libby Peter or in "The Mountain Skills Training Handbook" by Pete Hill and Stuart Johnson. Both of these are available in most outdoor activity equipment shops.

Event Properties

Event date 19 May 2018 9:45am
Event End Date 19 May 2018 4:30pm
Capacity 6
Registered 0
Available place 6
Cut off date 05 May 2018
Individual Price £15.00
Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks
£15.00 6