Ghyll Scrambling

What on earth is “Ghyll Scrambling”? This is a question we are often asked. The answer is as follows:

The Lake District is home to some of the most picturesque lakes in Britain……. and lots of rain. The rain falls on the fells, the water collects to form mountain streams, These streams run down the sides of the mountains and collect in the valleys to form the impressive lakes of Cumbria. Here in the Lake District we call a mountain stream a ghyll. The word ghyll is a Norsk word we inherited from the vikings that simply means mountain stream. The ghylls are a perfect place to find adventure. 

Loosely speaking there are two types of ghyll scrambling:  

1. Gorge Walking (ascending a ghyll) – Climbing waterfalls and jumping into pools of water

 2. Canyoning (descending a ghyll) – Abseiling waterfalls, jumping and sliding into pools of water

 

So ghyll scrambling ultimately involves ascending/descending a ghyll. It includes climbing and abseiling waterfalls  and jumping or sliding into pools of water. It can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities and is by far our most popular activity and rightly so as it is unbelievable amounts of fun. The Lake District is renowned for rain and this activity is one of the only activities that is even better enjoyed in the rain, making it a safe bet for a spell of unsettled weather.

Who it will suit : Families / Groups of Friends /  Stag and Hen Parties / Individuals

Age requirements : Everyone from the age of 9 years.

Abilities : All persons must be comfortable in water. Other than that, all that is required is an ‘adventurous’ attitude.

Whats covered? : Lots of scrambling, climbing, sliding and jumping… oh and lots of getting wet!

This is a great activity whatever the weather is doing!  

What we provide: 

  • All ghyll scrambling hardwear
  • Wetsuits
  • Ghyll jacket (cag)
  • Bouyancy aid
  • Neoprene socks (colder months)
  • Helmet

What to wear:

  • Costume for wearing under the wet suit.
  • Shorts for over the top of the wet suit.
  • Old trainers/hiking boots that you don’t mind getting wet.
  • Socks for under the neoprene socks provided.
  • Don’t forget a warm change of clothes and a towel!

How long it will take:

The ghylls are categorised by duration. You can choose from one (or more) of our 2-3 hour sessions or take the plunge at do our 5-6 hour session. The options are as follows:

 

2-3 hr Sessions

  • Stickle Ghyll / Stickle Ghyll + Upper Falls
  • Church Beck / Church Beck + Canyon Section
  • Stoneycroft Ghyll / Stoneycroft + Canyon Section

5-6 hr Sessions

  • The BIG One – Esk Ghyll
  • The COLOSSAL One – Devils Ghyll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To help you decide which ghyll you would like to do we have created an ‘information page’ for each of the locations mentioned above. Simply click the button links below to view each ghyll…..

 

2-3 hr Ghyll Locations


Stickle Ghyll / Stickle Ghyll + Upper Falls

This ghyll is located in Langdale and has fantastic views. It involves ascending the gorge climbing waterfalls. There are also a few small jumps. If you want a few extra challenges you can pay the extra to climb the upper falls section.

This location has changing facilities inside the car park toilets and is home to the Sticklebarn Pub – very handy for a well deserved pint afterwards or even a pub meal.

Suitable for most abilities. Can be ran with children from the age of 10 years (standard version) or 14 years (upper falls version).

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Church Beck / Church Beck + Canyon

This ghyll is located in Coniston and involves ascending / descending the gorge with plenty challenges and surprises along the way including jumps and climbing waterfalls. You will also descend part of the gorge experiencing a slide that will set your heart racing. Competent groups of adults can also choose to pay extra and take on the canyon section.

Changing takes place in our special changing tents.

Suitable for most abilities. Can be ran with children from the age of 10 years (standard version) or persons over 16 (canyon version).

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Stoney Croft / Stoney Croft + Canyon

This ghyll is located near Keswick and has fantastic views across the Newlands Valley. It involves descending the gorge sliding into pools of water along the way including a jump or two. Competent parties can choose to pay the extra and take on the canyon section.

Changing takes place in our special changing tents.

Suitable for most abilities. Can be ran with children from the age of 10 years (standard version) or persons over 16 (canyon version).

 

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5-6 hr Ghyll Location

Esk Ghyll

This ghyll scramble is located in the remote Esk valley. It involves ascending the gorge known as ‘Esk Ghyll’ involving jumps, swimming and climbing waterfalls. We call it ‘The Big One’ and it really does live up to its name – some of the jumps are MASSIVE and its located on Englands highest mountain range.

You are guaranteed to experience EPIC jumps in an EPIC location and you will have EPIC amounts of fun.

This is for adults only and a decent level of fitness is required as it will take 5-6 hrs and involves a 45 minute walk-in/out.

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Secret Ghyll

Devils Ghyll

This ghyll involves descending the gorge, doing battle with its truly colossal waterfalls and vertical drops. Its abseils and slides are guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping and it is epic amounts of fun. However, be warned; this ghyll has a dark side. It is a real test of endurance and will power. Do you have what it takes to attempt ‘The COLOSSAL One’?.

A  good level of fitness is required and its for adults only.

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These sessions are packed with fun, laughter & adrenaline. They will leave you feeling EPIC!

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