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Canyoning in Esk Gorge, Eskdale

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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 full day trip to Esk Gorge, Eskdale. Other options can be found by clicking here.

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The Esk is all about jumps – big ones!

Set in a beautiful remote mountain environment, our Esk Gorge canyoning trip is an incredible day out for those seeking adrenaline and BIG jumps well off the beaten track.

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… and more jumps!

After meeting in the delightful Eskdale valley, a scenic 45 minutes walk takes us away from civilisation and into the mountains. Scafell and Bowfell tower over us as we get kitted up ready to take on the gorge.

This trip is all about jumps, big jumps into big deep pools. 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.

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.

Got questions? Read on…

Canyoning in Esk Gorge is based in Eskdale. You will be sent full details on where to meet when you book. A useful postcode for planning purposes is CA19 1TH.

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 are no abseils in Esk Gorge - this trip is all about air time!

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 cliffs into deep pools then this probably isn't the trip for you!

There are no weight limits.

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

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

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)
  • Shorts to wear over your wetsuit and protect it/your dignity
  • Synthetic t-shirt/long sleeved top (e.g., football shirt material) or a swimming costume to go under your wetsuit
  • Warm layer/jacket (e.g., a thick fleece)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Rucksack (roughly 40 litres works well)
  • Large refuse sack/bin bag
  • Lunch and drink
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Towel

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!

We meet at 10am and finish no later than 4pm. This can sometimes be earlier if your group are quick in the canyon and during the walk in/out.

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

Click the blue 'Book Now / Check Availability' button above.

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

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