Via Ferrata in the Lake District

Via Ferrata in the Lake District

Via Ferrata in the Lake District Overview

If you’re looking for a challenge, why not give Via Ferrata a go? The Via Ferrata in the Lake District is situated in Honister pass (see map below) and offers two routes of varying difficulty and exposure. ‘Via Ferrata’ originated in the Dolomites in Northern Italy, and it means ‘Iron Road’ or ‘Iron Way’. They were used strategically by the military for moving soldiers and munitions through the mountains.

Honister slate mine is home to the UK’s first Via Ferrata and it offers a fantastic opportunity to experience exposure usually only experienced through climbing and mountaineering. The Via Ferrata also provides a great insight into the industrial history of the area which dates back some 800 years. Both routes start after a mine tunnel and roughly follow an old miners incline which was used to transport slate out of the various mine levels.

Essential Details

  • Minimum age: 10 years
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • Safety equipment provided
  • Reasonable level of fitness required
  • Prices from £37.50 per person

* Based on a minimum group size of three. Our prices are in line with Honister who stipulate the cost.

Honister Classic Via Ferrata

The Classic Via Ferrata roughly follows the old miner’s incline. We use our lanyards to clip to the steel cable that runs from bottom to top. Iron ‘staples’ and sections of ladders have been installed to make progress easier. This route starts with a relatively easy section which gives you a taste of what it’s all about.

Honister Extreme Via Ferrata

The Extreme route shares the same start as the Classic route, but then it crosses the Burma Bridge (wire bridge). It then takes a tenuous line up the rocky ridge on the other side, with a section of cargo net to finish.

How long does it take and how many can participate?

Honister Classic Via Feratta takes approximately 2 – 2.5 hours. Honister Extreme Via Ferrata takes approximately 3-3.5 hours. Up to ten people can participate.

How to book?

Use the enquiry form on this page 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.

 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 suitable footwear, as well as warm and waterproof clothing. There is a Cafe and toilet facilities at Honister if you require.

Where to meet?


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