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Canyoning in Church Beck

  • Cost: Adults/16+: £60
  • Time: 2½ to 3 hours – starting at 9am or 1pm
  • Ages: 16+
  • Location: Coniston (click for meet location)
  • Difficulty level: 3/5 – some committing jumps!
  • Parking: Pay & display car park with some free street parking too
  • Kit we provide: Good quality wetsuits; full safety kit including floatation aids
  • Kit you need to bring: Trainers; ‘base-layer’ t-shirt; towel/robe; dry clothes

💥 Canyoning in Church Beck – the best ½ day trip in the Lakes! 💥

Canyoning is like ghyll scrambling, but ON STEROIDS! If you want to push yourself, then read on!

Come and descend a beautifully sculpted canyon with our expert guides. Abseil down waterfalls, do 4 big jumps and enjoy Church Beck’s finest feature – an absolutely EPIC slide!

This trip will test your courage and get your heart rate up for sure!

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This trip works really well as part of a full day adventure, paired with an activity such as abseiling or rock climbing.

For big group availability (more than 10), just drop us a message and we’ll get back to you straight away.


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Church Beck’s famous slide

Got questions? Read on...

They start at either 9am or 1pm and last for roughly 2½ to  3 hours, but this is dependent on how quickly your group moves though the canyon so can sometimes finish earlier.

Anyone aged 16 and above.

Any group members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent(s) or legal guardian. Sorry but uncles, aunties, grandparents, family friends etc are not classed as legal guardians.

Canyoning in Church Beck is based in Coniston. You will be sent full details on where to meet when you book. The car park where we will meet for your session is here

A useful postcode for planning purposes is LA21 8HU.

There's no real limit, as we just bring more instructors along if you've got a big group. If you want to book for more than 10 people, just get in touch and we'll set up this up for you.

Canyoning is a lot more 'full on' than gorge scrambling. It usually involves descending a canyon as opposed to scrambling up a river and often uses ropes to abseil down large waterfalls. The jumps on our canyoning trips are higher and more committing than those found on our gorge scrambles.

The obstacles on our canyoning trips are usually unavoidable, meaning there is no easy way around them. On the gorge scrambling trips all the obstacles can be avoided if you don't like the look of them.

Want to know more? See our blog post here: https://www.lakedistrictactivities.co.uk/2021/06/what-is-the-difference-between-gorge-scrambling-and-canyoning/

The biggest jump in Church Beck is about 6m. If you want big jumps, look at our trip to Esk Gorge.

There is a walk of about 20 minutes uphill to get to the start of the canyon. In the canyon you'll be scrambling over waterfalls and up and down the sides to access jumps, so the fitter you are the more fun you'll have.

You don't need any prior experience, but having a sense of adventure and a 'can do' attitude will definitely add to your experience!

There is no weight limit but we do have a maximum waist and chest size, as our safety kit will not fit a person larger than this. These sizes follow.

Maximum waist size: 120cm
Maximum chest size: 150cm

We have wetsuit sizes that range from Junior 8 to Adult XXL. You can view these sizes here.

If you have any concerns, please contact us.

A kit list follows. We will provide you with good quality wetsuits, windproof 'cags', buoyancy aids, helmets and harnesses.

  • Trainers or walking boots. Running trainers are ideal. Converse style ‘flat’ trainers & ‘water-shoes’ are not suitable.
  • Base-layer T-shirt (ideally not made of cotton). This goes under your wetsuit. A swimming costume works well as an alternative.
  • Towel or robe (to dry yourself/get changed under afterwards).
  • Dry clothes (to get changed into afterwards).

You will lock your valuables in your car. Your car keys will then be locked in your instructor's car.

We take loads of photos and we share them with you for free.

You can bring your Go Pro if you like, but we have to warn you that people losing cameras and Go Pros in the water is extremely common - even when they are properly attached with the approved mounts. This probably happens at least once a week so we'd advise letting our instructors concentrate on the photography while you concentrate on having a great time!

See the 'Book Now' panel above, or get in touch if you're having trouble.

See our generic FAQs here for info on our booking conditions.

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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!).
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
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
Fantastic experience. Would wholeheartedly recommend. George is very encouraging and patient, a superb guide and teacher.
Cpt Randlelwa
Cpt Randlelwa
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
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
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
Really great experience with excellent leadership. Kids left wanting to come back again as soon as possible!
Sophie Hopkins
Sophie Hopkins
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
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!
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