Ghyll Scrambling in the Lake District

A group enjoying Ghyll Scrambling in the Lake District

Activity Overview

Ghyll scrambling in the Lake District is a fantastic family-friendly activity that involves ascending or descending a mountain stream and is a great way to explore and challenge yourself. There are numerous venues throughout the Lakes that are regularly used for Ghyll Scrambling and are generally suitable as a half-day activity (with the exception of Esk Gorge which requires a full day). Is typically, but not exclusively a wet activity and we provide wetsuits and all the technical equipment that you will need. We have listed a few of the more popular venues below and will be happy to suggest alternatives if you are looking for something a bit different.

Essential Details

  • Suitable options for kids and adults
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Wetsuits and safety equipment provided
  • Experienced and qualified guides/instructors
  • Half and full-day options available
  • Prices from £40 per person

Stoneycroft Ghyll Scramble

This ghyll scramble never disappoints! We run this activity in descent which involves jumping, sliding and diving into beautiful emerald coloured plunge-pools. For those who want a bit more (and aren’t too cold), there is a lower section called Stoneycroft gorge. In favourable conditions (when the water level is not too high), the gorge can be descended via a series of abseils or ‘lowers.’ This can be done in addition to the top section, or as an alternative.

Esk Gorge Ghyll Scramble

This gorge is not for the faint-hearted. It features bigger jumps and deeper water than typically found in other Lakeland ghylls. Due to its isolated position, this activity is run as a full day activity and is not suitable for children.

How much does it cost?

These activities are priced per person assuming a group of four or more. If your group is less than four, we charge a flat rate. Your booking will be treated as private unless you give us permission to open it up to the public as a scheduled activity. Please follow the links above for specific prices which include a fully qualified and insured instructor and all of the equipment that you will need.

How to book?

Use the enquiry form on this page (it’s below if you’re on a mobile and on the right if you’re on a desktop device) and we’ll get back to you with all of the details. We require a 30% deposit to secure bookings. If you would like any more information or have a specific question, please send us a message and we’ll be in touch.

*In extremely wet conditions any of the above activities may be cancelled for safety reasons in which case a full refund will be issued or an option to re-book.

What do I need to bring with me?

We will provide all of the safety equipment required, however, you will need to bring some of your own personal items including:

  • Swimwear (to wear underneath a wetsuit)
  • Footwear (this needs to be robust enough to protect your feet and will get wet)
  • Towel and a warm change of clothes
  • Food and a hot drink for after the activity

*Please note that it is not practical to take any personal items with you during the activity and jewellery should be removed.


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