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Canyoning in Esk Gorge

  • Cost: Adults (18+): £100
  • Time: Roughly 5 to 6hrs, meeting at 9.30am
  • Ages: 18+
  • Location: Eskdale (click for meet location)
  • Difficulty level: 4/5 – some very big jumps!
  • Parking: Free parking in a lay-by
  • Kit we provide: Good quality wetsuits; full safety kit including floatation aids
  • Kit you need to bring: Trainers; shorts; ‘base-layer’; towel; dry clothes; rucksack; lunch; warm layer

💥 Canyoning in Esk Gorge – the one for big jumps! 💥

Join us for an off the beaten track adventure!

After meeting in the delightful Eskdale valley, a scenic 45 minute walk takes us away from civilisation and into a breathtaking mountain environment.

Canyoning in Esk Gorge is all about jumps, BIG jumps!

Even the smallest will make you think twice and the highest guarantees at least a couple of seconds of airtime.

Add to this some waterfall climbing and you’ve got a trip that will stick in the memory for a long time.

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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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Big jumps in the Esk!

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The awe-inspiring Esk Gorge!

Got questions? Read on...

We meet at 9.30am and finish at about 3pm. This can sometimes be earlier if your group are quick in the canyon and during the walk in/out.

Canyoning in Esk Gorge is based in Eskdale. 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 CA19 1TH but this covers a large area and must not be relied upon for directions.

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.

The biggest jump in Esk Gorge is about 10m but feels a lot bigger! If you don't like jumps, this really isn't the trip for you!

There is a walk of about 45 minutes to get to the start of the canyon. It's mostly flat but there is the odd bit of uphill - you will need to be carrying your kit for the trip (e.g., wetsuit, food, change of clothes). In the canyon you'll be scrambling up 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 if you think you won't like jumping off high cliffs into deep pools then this probably isn't the trip for you!

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 and helmets.

  • Trainers or walking boots. Running trainers are ideal. Converse style ‘flat’ trainers & ‘water-shoes’ are not suitable.
  • Pair of shorts (these go over the wetsuit). Any type is fine.
  • 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).
  • A warm layer to put on afterwards (fleece, warm jacket, etc.)
  • Lunch & a drink (not a full picnic - just something to keep you going)
  • A rucksack to carry all of the above

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!

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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