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Stickle Ghyll

Stickle Ghyll - What's it like?

This is the first in a series of blog posts about some of the gorges we offer. The aim is to help you choose the most suitable venue for your party

Deep in the Langdale valley, nestling below the mighty Langdale Pikes is a beautiful gorge known as Stickle Ghyll. The source of this watercourse is Stickle Tarn and from there it plunges all the way to the valley via a series of waterfalls and cascades. There are a few deep pools that are good for jumping into and these are mostly in the lower part of the gorge.

Access is very easy from the National Trust car park at Stickle Barn. There are public loos here and two family friendly pubs with large outdoor terraces. From the parking area it’s only a 2 minute walk to reach the entry point for the gorge. Once in the water there are a series of cascades to scramble and climb up, making this journey lots of fun. Some of the waterfalls can be climbed with a safety rope and we will show you which pools to jump into and where to scramble up. Lots of skills and techniques will be learnt during this journey and these can be used on future trips to the bigger gorges.

Stickle Ghyll is suitable for most ages, we’d say adventurous 5 year olds and upwards is fine.This is a relatively short, but action packed journey. Expect to be in the water between 1.5 – 2.5 hours.


We offer Gorge Scrambling at this venue from March until early November.

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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. 

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