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The best Lake District activities for Stag and Hen parties?

Outdoor activities are becoming increasingly popular for Stag and Hen parties; the Lake District is a favourite venue for those looking to get some fresh air, experience some adrenaline and head into the excellent local pubs as opposed to the bars and clubs of the city. In this article, we’ll share our advice on what makes a great day out with us and therefore what the best Lake District activities are for Stag and Hen parties!

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Decision 1 – wet or dry?

Working out whether you want to get wet (intentionally!) is the first thing that you need to figure out as this will influence which Lake District activities for Stag or Hen parties work best for you. Wet activities are gorge scrambling and canyoning (find out the difference here) – dry activities are abseiling, rock climbing, rock scrambling and the Lakeland Legend Challenge.

Decision 2 – is anyone really scared of heights?

When we say ‘really scared’ we mean, like terrified! Most of us are apprehensive of heights – that’s normal, but there is a difference between a slight increased heart rate and shear fear! Here’s a list of our Lake District activities vs the height thing:

Decision 3 – full or ½ day?

A full day of Lake District activities will keep you out of the pub for longer and make that first beer taste even better. You can do 2 x ½ day activities to make a full day of adventure but there will be a short drive between venues at lunch. Full day Lake District activities for Stag and Hen parties are the Esk, Extreme Canyoning and the Lakeland Legend Challenge. Timings for all activities can be found on the relevant pages with a short scroll. ½ day activities start at 9am and 1pm. Full day activities vary.

Decision 4 – location

Again, have a quick scroll on the relevant pages to find specific location info. Canyoning in Esk Gorge is the longest drive generally as it’s in the remote west Lake District, but it’s SO worth it.

Decision 5 – group size

We don’t have a limit for group sizes for Lake District activities. Bring as many as you want! Just let us know ASAP if your numbers increase or decrease and make sure you do this within the timescales set out in our Terms & Conditions.

Decision 6 – price

Obviously a full day of Lake District activities costs more than ½ a day of activities but they also represent better value. For groups of 20+ we offer a 15% discount.

How to book

On each page there is a blue Book Now button which will allow you to book online. You need to pay a 30% deposit if your event is more than 6 weeks away, with the remainder being due 6 weeks before the event date. We can’t reserve dates without payment. Payment can be made by credit or debit card or by BACS. For groups of more than 10 contact us first and we’ll make the space available for you to book as these group sizes need a slight tweak to our booking system.

Other questions

Check out the FAQs on each activity page and also the generic FAQs here. Anything else? Drop us a message or use the chat function on our site!

We look forward to celebrating with you this season!

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Stag fun in Stoneycroft Ghyll

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What is the difference between gorge scrambling and canyoning?


This has to be the most frequently asked question we get, so let’s answer it right here and right now!

Gorge scrambling

Gorge scrambling, or ghyll scrambling, or occasionally ‘gorge walking’ usually involves ascending a mountain river (a ghyll). Sometimes you descend, but it’s less common. Gorge scrambling will see you climbing small waterfalls, scrambling up others, swimming through pools, playing silly games and taking on lots of water based challenges. There will probably be some jumps on your gorge scrambling trip, but they’ll not be big and scary – just good fun and very wet!

Gorge scrambling works well for families just as it does for groups of adults. It’s best for those who want a taster of ‘gorge based’ activities, knowing that all the obstacles can be missed out if you don’t fancy them.

Examples of amazing gorge scrambling in the Lake District venues are:

Stickle Ghyll, Langdale – great for ages 8+. An awesome intro to the activity.

Stoneycroft Ghyll, Keswick – ages 8+ again and one of the rare gorge scrambles that are done in descent.

Church Beck, Coniston – ages 12+. The best in the Lakes and justifiably popular, mainly for the epic water slide that provides the grand finale of the trip!

So what about canyoning?

Canyoning is like gorge scrambling, but on steroids. It’s for adults only due to the more serious nature of the activity. Usually canyoning is done in descent and will use various rope techniques (such as abseiling) to descend big flowing waterfalls. The jumps on a canyoning trip will be bigger so will require commitment, a ‘can do’ attitude and some courage!

Canyoning is great for that group that want to experience water + adrenaline! A heady mix!

Awesome venues for canyoning in the Lake District are:

Church Beck, Coniston – the upper section of the same venue used for gorge scrambling. Abseils, jumps and slides await.

Esk Gorge, Eskdale – a remote setting and jumps that even our instructors have to push themselves to do!

Extreme Canyoning – a full day in a big inescapable canyon. Big abseils, big waterfalls and big slides. We’re not telling you where it is – it’s a secret! (but a clue is about 15 mins from Keswick and about the same from Grasmere).

So what are you waiting for? Get your adventure booked now!

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What is Ghyll Scrambling or Gorge Scrambling?

It is a known fact that it rains a lot in the Lake District and as a result the area isome to some of the most impressive and picturesque lakes in Britain. These lakes are formed by water running  down from the fells, creating mountain rivers that locally are called ‘ghylls’.Often these ghylls carve deeper features in the hillside – ‘gorges’.

So, what is ghyll scrambling? 

Let’s take a look:

What’s involved?

Ghyll Scrambling is scrambling and climbing up a mountain river (ghyll), often in a gorge. It’s bridging the gap between walking and climbing, but in the water. You’ll have your hands on the rock as you climb waterfalls, swim through pools, take on lots of daft wet challenges and jump into plunge pools. Don’t let the cold and wet put you off – with Lakeland Ascents you’ll be kitted out in warm wetsuits so you won’t feel the cold for long

What’s required?

In addition to your wetsuit, we kit you out in all the necessary safety equipment, such as a harness, helmet and a buoyancy aid to keep you afloat – you don’t even need to be able to swim!All the obstacles and challenges can be skipped, so don’t worry if you’re worried about jumps, pools or heights – if you don’t like it, walk around it. Our team of instructors will be there with you every step of the way. 

Where can you scramble?

Lake District Activities run 3 ghyll/gorge scrambling trips. They’re all very different but you can be guaranteed climbs up waterfalls, slides, crazy obstacles, fun games and plunge pools. 

Each location has its own unique adventure, from the classic all-rounder at Langdale; an epic slide finale at Coniston; and chutes galore at Keswick. You also have the option to take on the ultimate Triple-Gorge Challenge; where you can do all 3 trips in the space of one day!

Who can do it?

Ghyll Scrambling adventures take place over half a day, making them a popular choice for family bonding, team building corporate days, hen and stag do’s, or just groups of mates looking for a laugh.. We have trips for kids as young as 8.

The maximum instructor:client ratio is 1:10, so if you have a larger group, you will have more instructors. Your safety is always our number 1 priority.

Think this isn’t challenging enough for you, but still want to get wet? Well for older kids and adult groups, check out canyoning too – gorge scrambling on steroids.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your ghyll scrambling in the lake district today! Make a booking or to find out more. You can also contact us by telephone on 07702 942980.

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