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Canyoning in Church Beck, Coniston

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We offer several great canyoning experiences in the Lake District for all types of groups from the uninitiated to the experienced adrenaline seeker. This page is about our ½ day trip in Church Beck, Coniston. Other options can be found by clicking here.

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Instructions: jump over my head!

Church Beck runs down the Coppermines Valley above the village of Coniston, fed by the slopes of the mighty Old Man of Coniston itself. We run the popular gorge scramble in the lower section of Church Beck, but the upper section hides one of the best canyoning trips in the Lakes, perfect for those who want a ½ day hit of this super-popular adrenaline fuelled activity.

This descent is amazing fun. Starting at a damn we head through a beautifully sculpted canyon, before abseiling down two waterfalls, taking in 4 big jumps and enjoying Church Beck’s finest feature – the slide. This trip will test your courage and get your heart rate up and all within only 20 minutes walk from Coniston village!

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The slide… nature’s playground

Prices and loads of other information can be found by scrolling a bit further down this page.

Discounts are available for large groups – just get in touch for a price.

A great idea is to ‘mix-and-match’ to make a full day of activities, with one in the morning and another in the afternoon. See all the options here.

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Canyoning in Church Beck is based in Coniston. You will be sent full details on where to meet when you book. A useful postcode for planning purposes is LA21 8HU.

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 are no weight limits.

We have wetsuits sized from Junior 8 to adult XXL. You can view a size chart here.

Our safety kit will not fit someone with a waist that is larger than 120cm.

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

You will need:

  • Change of underwear & footwear, as you will get wet
  • Trainers or boots (Neoprene 'water shoes' are not appropriate, neither are Converse style slip-on trainers or Crocs)
  • Synthetic t-shirt/long sleeved top (e.g., football shirt material) or a swimming costume to go under your wetsuit
  • Towel
  • Snack and a drink for after your session
  • Hand sanitiser

You will lock your valuables in your car. You 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!

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

For availability, click the blue 'Book Now / Check Availability' button above.

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

Gorge scrambling (ghyll scrambling)