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We offer several great gorge scrambling experiences in the Lake District for all types of groups from the uninitiated to the experienced adrenaline seeker. This page is about gorge scrambling in Church Beck, Coniston. Other options can be found by clicking here.
Arguably the best gorge scramble in the Lake District, Church Beck runs down the Coppermines Valley above the village of Coniston, fed by the slopes of the mighty Old Man of Coniston itself.
Gorge scrambling in Church Beck has it all: plunge pools, roped climbed up waterfalls, crazy obstacles, daft games and, for confident and stronger groups an absolutely epic slide which will spit you out into mid air above another inviting plunge pool! If you want to step it up a notch or two, check out the Church Beck canyoning trip too.
This trip is great for all abilities and ages from age 12 upwards as all the obstacles and challenges can be tailored to your group, but the more full-on obstacles like the slide are only really suitable for older kids and adults.
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.
£54 per adult/16+ *
£49 per under 16 *
* These prices include a fee that we pay to the landowner, which then allows us to use the full length of Church Beck. Some providers don't pay this fee and cut the trip short as a result. We believe that it's worth paying the extra and we're confident that you will agree. The included fee is £6 per adult/16+ and £3 per under 16.
15% discount for groups of 20+
Gorge scrambling 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.
Anyone aged 12 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.
Gorge scrambling is a lot more accessible than canyoning as all the obstacles can be missed out if you don't like the look of them. Often gorge scrambling involves scrambling up a mountain river, where as canyoning is usually done in descent.
Canyoning is a lot more 'full on' than gorge scrambling and usually involves the use of ropes to abseil down large waterfalls. The jumps on our canyoning trips are higher and more committing than those found on our gorge scrambles and the obstacles cannot be missed out easily.
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 is about 4m. All jumps are avoidable if you don't like the look of them.
If you want big jumps, look at our trip to Esk Gorge.
Gorge scrambling involves scrambling up a mountain stream, so a moderate level of fitness is required.
You don't need any prior experience.
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, helmets and harnesses.
You will need:
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 gorge so can sometimes finish earlier.
For availability, click the blue 'Book Now / Check Availability' button above.
Click the blue 'Book Now / Check Availability' button above.