Steve Pardoe's North West Face Page
North West Face Logo The North West Face
St Ann's Church, Winwick Road
Warrington, Cheshire WA2 7NE
Tel: 01925 650022
This edition 5. May 2004 (link to official NWF page)

This is an unofficial reference page for the North West Face indoor climbing wall in Warrington, Cheshire, which was maintained as a courtesy by its author, Steve Pardoe.

The North West Face now has its own website at www.northwestface.com, so please go there for latest info, prices and pictures.

Some information was taken from the WWW (now updated) Walls list (new link August 2003).

Opinions expressed are those of the author, and are not necessarily endorsed by the proprietors of the North West Face. My thanks to BMC and Vicki Portman (/Stott) for previous review material used here.


Location

The North West Face is in an old church, on the west side of the A49 about 1 km north of Warrington town centre (GR SJ605890). On-site parking is limited. The personnel entrance is tucked away on the north side of the church. A large Tesco superstore / petrol station complex has now been built round three sides of the church, and on-site parking improved.

The North West Face is non-smoking throughout.

Climbing Facilities:

24 (or more) top-ropes on 10-12 m (approx) vertical, sloping and overhanging walls with bolt-on holds. Three of these have moderate roofs. Most ropes have two to four colour-coded routes and some are suitable for leading. There are also some interesting "tufa" features.

Four rope positions on 13m Livingstone featured panel walls, suitable for leading. Bolts and extenders are (now) provided, with a combination of features and bolt-on holds.

18 rope positions on 15m lead walls, overhanging by up to 4m, by DR. These are also equipped with bolts and extenders.

Curved resin Livingstone bouldering wall, approx 3 m high, with permanent mats.

Cellar boards with mats.

Creature Comforts:

Shop (recently extended) and café.

Toilets, seating and changing area upstairs. Modest (non-lending) library of donated climbing books.

Courses (introductory, leading, general instruction) and gear hire.

Authors' (present and previous) Review:

Very atmospheric (built in an old church); loads of routes, with a wide variety of difficulty, length, holds, steepness. Routes are changed regularly, at least one is added every few days, and identification is now much improved (includes date and setter).
Pleasant staff and crowd, quite busy; "rules" include limiting climbs per rope at busy periods. Evidently a thriving centre, with on-going development. Equipment shop and canteen seating area have been enlarged.
Sign-in procedure requires a declaration of competence by the climber.
Can be excessively busy, especially on winter weekday evenings.
On-site parking is limited (though improved in area and surfacing).
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