Abseiling is tons of fun but it can also be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. It's vital to get some good instruction before you start abseiling so that you can abseil safely and have a laugh at the same time.
Training is a great idea for everyone who wants to begin abseiling. Even if you plan on learning from experienced friends it doesn't hurt to check over your skills with a professional and you might even pick up some helpful tips on the way.
1) Pro Adventures – Llangollen, North Wales
Based in the beautiful town of Lalngollen, next to the river Dee and a stone's throw from the Berwyn mountains, Pro Adventures are in the perfect location for those that love a bit of natural beauty when they abseil.
The Pro Adventures abseil experience gives you 3 hours of abseiling with different routes to try including a 30ft warm up and a tasty 85ft limestone cliff drop.
Call: 01978 861912
2) Hatt Adventures - East Grinstead, East Sussex
At Hatt Adventures you can practice your abseiling on a purpose built abseil tower.
During a 2 hour session with Hatt, you'll get to do four or five abseils and if you really want to boost your confidence you can try hands-free or even blindfolded abseiling too!
Call: 01273 358 359
3) EICA – Newbridge, Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Indoor Climbing Arena boasts a 25m (82ft) atrium that you can abseil from. That's 5 stories of abseiling fun.
Call: 0131 333 6333
4) Leeds Wall – Leeds
Leeds Wall is a great spot for your first abseil adventure. At 40ft high the wall offers a challenge but not one so big that it will scare you off abseiling for ever. A 1 hour session with Leeds' top instructors will introduce you to abseiling in a fun and safe environment and there's even a cafe on site for a well deserved cuppa afterwards.
Call: 0113 2341554
5) River Deep Mountain High - Coniston, Cumbria
Adventure outfit River Deep offer abseiling, alongside a myriad of different activities, set in the stunning Lake District.
A half day abseil with River Deep starts with an invigorating walk up an old slater's track through the beautiful Cumbrian countryside.
Abseiling takes place in Cathedral Quarry, a disused slate pit filled with crazily angled, dark rock stretching up to 40m high. There's a variety of different pitches for you to abseil at the quarry meaning that your group can pick a challenge and a height that suits them.
Call: 015395 28666
6) Lost Earth Adventures – Yorkshire/The Peak District
Lost Earth operate in a range of different locations across both Yorkshire and the Peak District. A day out with these guys might see you heading to well known spots like Brimham Rocks or Stanage Edge, making the most of the epic scenery that north of England has to offer.
Lost Earth also do bespoke abseiling events for private groups organising indoor abseils, charity events and urban rappels down the side of buildings. They'll even throw in catering for particularly hungry abseilers so that you don't have to learn on an empty stomach.
Call: 01904 500094
7) Dolomite Training – Derbyshire/Yorkshire
You can train with peace of mind at Dolomite. As an Adventurous Activities Licence holder all of the Dolomite team are inspected on their abseiling equipment and safety standards to make sure they're top notch and it qualifies them to train under 18s groups too.
Dolomite work on crags in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales and offer training on towers and buildings too so you can learn to abseil in almost any setting you can think of.
Call: 01629 814557
Price: On request
8) Acclimbatize – Peak District
Acclimbatize offers bespoke abseil courses around the Peak District.
Using crags, abandoned quarries and even disused railway viaducts the Acclimbatize crew can always find somewhere interesting for you to learn abseiling.
If you're feeling particularly lazy you can even rent the company's mobile climbing wall which, complete with instructor, delivered right to your door!
Call: 01629 820 268
Price: On request
9) Kendal Mountaineering Services – Lake District
Offering half or full day courses, Kendal Mountaineering Services make the most of the breathtaking Lake District landscape.
The Kendal team know all the best abseil spots in the lakes and will take you to popular sites like Tilberthwaite and the quarries at Hodge Close.
Kendal also offer abseiling as part of a full day of adventure paired with scrambling or climbing, which might see you venture as far as Snowdonia or Scotland for a thrilling abseil course you'll never forget.
Call: 01539 737332
10) National Abseil Centre – Northampton
The National Abseil Centre is the world's highest permanent abseiling tower.
Dropping a height of 400ft is a pretty big step for your first taste of abseiling but it also ensures you've got the longest possible time to get your technique down.
The team at the NAC will also give you a chance to try a 200ft mid air abseil, if you're feeling brave enough...
Call: 01604 587745