Sheffield climbing event is family hit

A youngster scales the Sheaf boulder at the Heeley Hang open day
A youngster scales the Sheaf boulder at the Heeley Hang open day
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Adventurous youngsters were introduced to the sport of climbing at a park’s open event.

Expert climbers and novices alike flocked to Heeley Millennium Park to tackle a challenging boulder, which was installed there earlier this year, in an open day.

Kids like Lizzy got the chance to have a go at climbing at the Millenium Park at Heeley

Kids like Lizzy got the chance to have a go at climbing at the Millenium Park at Heeley

The bespoke Sheaf boulder cost around £30,000 and was placed in the park by Heeley Development Trust.

It is the only professional level climbing boulder that is free to use in a public space.

Simon Bartles, finance manager at the trust, said: “The open day went well, we had some good climbers there and also kids who wanted to learn, so it was a real mix of people.

“We have installed this new boulder and we wanted to promote the use of it.

“Everybody supported each other to tackle the boulder which is probably the hardest of its kind in Sheffield to climb up.

“There is a really strong base for climbing here what with Sheffield being so close to the Peak District.”

An open day at the boulder was planned for March but cancelled by heavy snow.

The facility is open access, so it can be used at any time.

Around 40 pairs of climbing shoes have also been donated by The Works and The Foundry so beginners can give climbing a go.

The park off Thirlwell Road has another large artificial boulder and smaller stepping stones for people to use.

Simon added: “It is totally open access and the boulder is already really well used.”

Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult when using the boulders.