Some gorges are brilliant, all provide loads of fun. But if looking for off-the-scale levels of adventure the Esk gorge simply cannot be beaten. Here in part 4 of our gorge blog we explain a little more about this place.
Next level gorge scrambling in a remote and beautiful setting. This is a difficult to reach venue and that’s just the drive! We start at the foot of Hardknott Pass, the most challenging and until recently the steepest road in England. From here it’s an easy walk of around 45 minutes following the nearby river. We head upstream alongside it, aiming for the mountains until we reach the confluence of Lingcove Beck and the Esk gorge. It’s here the fun begins.
With lots of swimming, lots of scrambling, massive waterfalls to ‘shower’ under and jumps as big as you can wish for. In recent years the Esk has become popular with ‘wild swimmers’ and picnickers, but we’ll quickly be well away from all that as we journey through this most wonderful of gorges, visiting places most only see in dreams.
There are far too many jumps to try and describe even a few, better just to join us on a journey through the Mighty Esk. Come on this trip for a big adventure, you won’t be disappointed. There are no facilities here so come prepared. If looking for hot food afterwards there are a few pubs dotted along the Eskdale valley.
This is a day out, with an approach walk of around 45 minutes and usually 3-4 hours in the water. Typically we will be out for around 6 hours.
We offer Gorge Scrambling at this venue from the mid-April until the end of October. It is best enjoyed during warm, settled weather.
To help ensure our customers enjoy the best experience when Gorge Scrambling with us, we have invested in top quality wetsuits. These are 5mm full body suits. For colder days we also have additional 3mm over-jackets giving 8mm of neoprene insulation to the upper body. We don’t usually offer cagoule type jackets as whilst these do help a little on windy days, they are quite a hindrance when in the water and they usually fill with water straight away. We also provide standard safety equipment including a helmet, buoyancy aid, 1st aid kit and anything else deemed necessary.