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Gorge scrambling in Stickle Ghyll, Langdale

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A split second before a soaking

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 Stickle Ghyll, Langdale. Other options can be found by clicking here.

Based in the amazing perfectly sculpted Langdale valley, Stickle Ghyll runs down from Stickle Tarn to finish conveniently behind the excellent Sticklebarn Tavern.

This trip is great for all abilities and ages from age 8 upwards as all the obstacles and challenges can be tailored to your group – basically, we can make it easy and fun, or we can make it hard and fun!

Gorge scrambling in Stickle Ghyll includes everything from roped climbs up waterfalls, smaller jumps into deep plunge pools and lots and lots of daft games and obstacles that will be sure to leave you smiling! We can run this trip all through the year as when the water is really cold we can change the route slightly to keep a bit drier.


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The plunge pool


Prices are shown in the table below.

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 the morning and another in the afternoon. See all the options here.

Click here to make a booking or to find out more. You can also contact us by telephone on 07702 942980.

Your groupPrice per person, per activity
- ½ day
Adults and children aged 16+£42
Ages 8 to 15
(applies when group size is 4 or more in total)
Groups of 20 or more15% off the above prices

* Discounts for under 16s apply when part of a family/group consisting of 4 or more people


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Climbing the big waterfall in Stickle Ghyll

Ages and abilities: Stickle Ghyll works well for all ages and abilities, from age 8 upwards. We can make your session nice and easy, or we can make it more challenging for those who like to push their limits. All the obstacles and pools can be avoided by those whoa aren’t keen. No prior experience of gorge scrambling is needed and you don’t need to be able to swim, but being reasonably fit will help you get the most out of your session. Under 18s must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.


Location: Stickle Ghyll is situated in the picturesque Langdale valley. It is about 15 minutes drive from Ambleside, 25 from Windermere and Coniston or about 45 minutes from Keswick. We meet in the National Trust carpark that is next to the Sticklebarn Tavern. The postcode for the meet location is LA22 9JU.


Times: ½ a day runs from 9am to around 12pm or from 1pm to around 4pm. A full day runs from 9am to 4pm, with a break for some lunch, or to move to the next activity. Exact timings depend on the size of your group and how quickly you move through the gorge.


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Father/daughter waterfall-based bonding!

Kit:  We will kit you out with a wetsuit, windproof cag and all safety equipment such as harnesses, helmets and buoyancy aids. All our kit is in excellent condition and is replaced regularly. All you need to bring is:

  • Full change of clothes, 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 – as they help protect our wetsuits and keep our costs low
  • Synthetic layer to go under your wetsuit (e.g. football shirt material, not cotton)
  • Fleece (to wear over your wetsuit in colder months)
  • Towel
  • Snack and a drink, or lunch if you are booked in for a full day of activities


Group sizes and ratios: Generally, we run private, bespoke sessions for just you and your party. At busy times you might be part of a larger group. If you want a private session, then just let us know (there is no extra cost). We put your safety first so the maximum instructor:client ratio that we will work to is 1:10 – if your party is bigger than 10 people then there will be more than one instructor.

Gorge scrambling (ghyll scrambling)