About us

Apart from being both challenging and brilliant fun, climbing offers a number of benefits for children:

  • It improves balance, coordination, fitness and strength
  • It helps build self-confidence
  • It teaches better understanding of risk and how to manage it

We deliberately teach in groups of mixed age, gender and ability and the stress is very much on enjoying the activity for its own sake. While a number of ex-Geckos (including Louis, Jo and Jim) have gone on to compete internationally, or (like Doug) work in the climbing and outdoor industries, many (like Rachel) continue to enjoy it purely as a hobby, albeit one that introduces them to the wonders of bouldering, lead-climbing and abseiling.

Geckos instructors are MLTB qualified and DBS checked (you can download our Child Protection Policy here). In addition, The Castle operates a policy of continual assessment for climbing instructors working regularly in the centre. Our instructors are able to teach in a variety of languages, including English, Italian, Polish and Spanish.

The Geckos Team

Richard Baxell
Managing Director

Richard holds the MLTB Single Pitch Award (SPA) and is Mountain Leader (ML) qualified. He has been teaching climbing since 1998.

Larner Wallace Taylor
Kids' Club Manager

Larner manages the popular and successful kids' climbing club.

Agnieszka Lazarewicz
Geckos Manager

Agnes is the main point of contact for climbing parties, taster sessions and  holiday courses. She is a qualified MLTB Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI).