Abseiling on a purpose-built structure

Includes: abseiling, abseiling tower, abseiling wall Indoors, Outdoors, Adventure, Team building and friendship

Activity time:
1 meeting


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The best way down

Once you've climbed to the top of a wall, abseiling is an easy and fun way to get back down. It can also be a sport in its own right, and often involves working in pairs.


This activity involves lowering yourself down a purpose-built tower or wall using climbing ropes.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

You can verify the quality of a provider by checking it has one of the following endorsements: AALA, Adventuremark or LotC Quality Badge for Adventure. These endorsements are not applicable in Northern Ireland, where you should ask your local Outdoor Activities Adviser to recommend an approved provider.

See safety regulations below for more information on helmets.

Instructor qualifications

The activity instructor must hold one of the following:

Safety regulations

While it is considered best practice to wear helmets for abseiling, few indoor climbing centres provide them. It's advisable to add the following clause to your permission forms:

'I understand that the management of [indoor abseiling provider’s name] do not provide helmets for abseiling, and that this is accepted practice indoors, where there is no risk of rock fall.'

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

2 adults needed

Girlguiding activity centres for abseiling on a purpose-built structure

Blackland Farm
Blackland Farm
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Blackland Farm Grinstead Lane
East Grinstead
RH19 4HP
01342 810 493
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Girlguiding Foxlease Clay Hill
SO43 7DE
02380 282 638
Waddow Hall
Waddow Hall
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Girlguiding Waddow Hall Waddington Road
01200 423186