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Gorge scrambling in Stickle Ghyll, Langdale

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

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A split second before a soaking

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 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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Gorge scrambling in Stickle Ghyll is based in Langdale. You will be sent full details on where to meet when you book.

A useful (very rough) postcode for planning purposes is LA22 9JU, but please be aware that this covers a large area and therefore using Sat Nav programmed with this postcode can often be unreliable.

Anyone aged of 8 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 jumps in Stickle Ghyll are small. This is great 'intro' ghyll and is more about silly games and an amazing journey up the river.

Gorge scrambling involves scrambling up a mountain stream, so a moderate level of fitness is required. Stickle Ghyll has no walk-in though and the terrain is quite friendly, so it's a good option for those who are worried that they may struggle elsewhere or families with younger kids.

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:

  • 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 gorge 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.

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