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What is Ghyll Scrambling or Gorge Scrambling?

It is a known fact that it rains a lot in the Lake District and as a result the area isome to some of the most impressive and picturesque lakes in Britain. These lakes are formed by water running  down from the fells, creating mountain rivers that locally are called ‘ghylls’.Often these ghylls carve deeper features in the hillside – ‘gorges’.

So, what is ghyll scrambling? 

Let’s take a look:

What’s involved?

Ghyll Scrambling is scrambling and climbing up a mountain river (ghyll), often in a gorge. It’s bridging the gap between walking and climbing, but in the water. You’ll have your hands on the rock as you climb waterfalls, swim through pools, take on lots of daft wet challenges and jump into plunge pools. Don’t let the cold and wet put you off – with Lakeland Ascents you’ll be kitted out in warm wetsuits so you won’t feel the cold for long

What’s required?

In addition to your wetsuit, we kit you out in all the necessary safety equipment, such as a harness, helmet and a buoyancy aid to keep you afloat – you don’t even need to be able to swim!All the obstacles and challenges can be skipped, so don’t worry if you’re worried about jumps, pools or heights – if you don’t like it, walk around it. Our team of instructors will be there with you every step of the way. 

Where can you scramble?

Lake District Activities run 3 ghyll/gorge scrambling trips. They’re all very different but you can be guaranteed climbs up waterfalls, slides, crazy obstacles, fun games and plunge pools. 

Each location has its own unique adventure, from the classic all-rounder at Langdale; an epic slide finale at Coniston; and chutes galore at Keswick. You also have the option to take on the ultimate Triple-Gorge Challenge; where you can do all 3 trips in the space of one day!

Who can do it?

Ghyll Scrambling adventures take place over half a day, making them a popular choice for family bonding, team building corporate days, hen and stag do’s, or just groups of mates looking for a laugh.. We have trips for kids as young as 8.

The maximum instructor:client ratio is 1:10, so if you have a larger group, you will have more instructors. Your safety is always our number 1 priority.

Think this isn’t challenging enough for you, but still want to get wet? Well for older kids and adult groups, check out canyoning too – gorge scrambling on steroids.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your ghyll scrambling in the lake district today! Make a booking or to find out more. You can also contact us by telephone on 07702 942980.

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EXCELLENT rating
Based on 163 reviews
It was very windy today. The team were great and had a plan B arranged for us which was brilliant (and safer!).
S K
S K
2024-04-06
Had a great experience Ghyll scrambling. Despite there being a rather large number of us (22 on a stag do) the guides were great throughout and clear experienced. Really enjoyed the experience and would book again.
Holly Maughan
Holly Maughan
2024-04-06
Really enjoyed the day, slight disruption with the weather but they gyll scrambling was excellent, guides were very helpful and kept everything entertaining
Scott Maughan
Scott Maughan
2024-04-06
Fantastic experience. Would wholeheartedly recommend. George is very encouraging and patient, a superb guide and teacher.
Cpt Randlelwa
Cpt Randlelwa
2024-04-04
What a brilliant experience !! We Loved every minute of it and can't recommend it enough. Thank you for the organisation and instruction throughout. Still buzzing :-)
Nick Duffield
Nick Duffield
2024-03-19
Had an excellent time canyoning with Si! Booked by my partner who is much more adventurous than me but we both had an amazing time. There was one jump I was too scared to do and Si made an adjustment allowing me to continue with the journey in a way I felt comfortable. If you're thinking about booking this but are scared to take the plunge, my advice is go for it!!
Megan Copley
Megan Copley
2023-10-30
We had brilliant fun doing the ghyll scrambling with Si this morning at Stickle Ghyll. We were really well kitted out so soon forgot about the damp, chilly morning and had a fantastic time with lots of laughs and challenges along the way. The kids are already planning for when they can do their next ghyll scrambling adventure!
Kate Towers
Kate Towers
2023-10-28
Really great experience with excellent leadership. Kids left wanting to come back again as soon as possible!
Sophie Hopkins
Sophie Hopkins
2023-10-19
My husband had an awesome afternoon Ghyll Scrambling in Coniston. Our son bought him a voucher for his birthday and I've never seen him grin so much when he came home wet and exhausted. I would highly recommend
Debbie Smith
Debbie Smith
2023-10-17
We had a wonderful morning Ghyll scrambling in Coniston led by Si. It was a great adventure with lots of laughs and Si was a great leader. Would definitely recommend and we'll definitely be back. Thank you!
Roast Designs
Roast Designs
2023-10-04

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