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Gorge Scrambling

Gorge Scrambling

Gorge Scrambling

Gorge Scrambling

Climbing up waterfalls, jumping into crystal clear pools, scrambling over rocks...

What is it?
Climbing up waterfalls, jumping into crystal clear pools, scrambling over rocks and boulder hopping. Sliding down water chutes and wild swimming. In a nutshell, that’s what gorge scrambling is all about.

How much fun:
However much fun you think this is going to be, multiple it by 10 and you’re getting close. It really is that good, a total blast and definitely the most fun outdoor activity here in the Lake District.

Where & when:
We operate all over the Lake District and have been providing gorge scrambling activities to all ages for around 15 years now. Wherever you are staying whilst holidaying here, we’ll know a great gorge scramble nearby. Our gorge activities start from mid-March and run through until the end of October.

Is it suitable for me?
Yes. There are gorges here to suit all levels. We have taken children as young as 4 and adults in their late 70’s. We have also taken many stag and hen groups that are looking to be challenged and to do the biggest jumps. We will tailor the experience to suit.

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What we can offer

  • All technical and safety equipment
  • 5mm adult wetsuits – with additional 3mm wetsuit tops on cold days
  • Highly experienced guides and instructors
  • A bespoke itinerary


Price for half days:
£90 (£45pp) –   up to 2 participants
£150 – up to 4 participants
£210 – up to 6 participants
£270 – up to 8 participants
£350 – up to 10 participants

For larger groups please get in touch for a quote

nethermost beck gorge scramble

Our Routes

A few of our more regular venues include:

  • Stickle ghyll: Our favourite and for good reason. We believe this is the best introduction to the activity in the Lake District. With waterfall climbs, plunge pools, loads of scrambling, there is plenty to entertain all with a new and fun challenge around every corner. The scenery is superb and the setting is open and sunny, so it’s one of the ‘warmest’ gorges in the Lake District. With easy access, plentiful parking and a family friendly pub at the base this has a lot going for it.
  • Tilberthwaite ghyll: the perfect place for young children to try Ghyll scrambling for the first time. Fun climbs up cascades, pool plunges, tunnel squeezes, and boulder hopping. All at a super accessible and sheltered venue.
  • Whorneyside Force: If you’re looking for huge waterfalls to abseil through, gorgeous scenery, and crystal clear pools to swim then look no further for you have found your destiny. Hidden deep in the Langdale valley, this experience has a wilderness feel about it. The main event of descending the huge waterfall is sure to give lasting memories. There is an approach walk of around 35 minutes to reach this venue and we only recommend this on during spells of good weather.
  • Stoneycroft Ghyll (canyon descent): Another favourite of ours, this brilliant gorge offers an action packed trip full of slides, waterfalls, and swims. Within easy reach Keswick, this is the place to aim for when visiting the north lakes and in search of water based fun. Equally suitable for adults and children, making this an idea venue for families.
  • Church beck: With loads of fun challenges, waterfall climbs and rock walls to traverse across as well as some really cool pool jumps. This is a great adventure that’s suitable for all ages. It’s Stickle Ghyll on steroids! Please note this venue attracts an access fee which all commercial providers must pay. This results in a small additional fee being passed on to our clients.
  • Churck beck – canyon descent:  So you’ve tried ghyll scrambling and loved it, it’s amazing huh. Now you want more, well this is it. Canyoning in this deep ravine with abseiling, plunge pools, slides, jumps, and swimming in a wilderness setting that offers a ‘full on’ challenge. It’s certainly one to remember! Arrive with a sense of adventure, leave with a big smile. Suitable for teens and adults.
  • Esk gorge (full day out): The ultimate Lakeland gorge without reproach, this is the big one. A walk of around 45 minutes is needed to access this beautiful and remote place, but the rewards and experience will remain with you forever. Without further ado, the start is a big jump into crystal clear waters and wild swimming at its best. Scrambling takes us upstream and on to many more brilliant jumps into deep and clear pools of pure Lakeland water. As days out go, this is mind blowing. More about the Esk here.
  • Dungeon ghyll: This is a perfect accompaniment to the nearby Stickle Ghyll and can be included into the same trip. We climb water chutes and cascades through increasingly beautiful scenery.

Further Information on Gorge Scrambling

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I agree to the following payment terms:

  • Deposit of 50% of total cost upon booking and final balance payable prior to commencing course.
  • Total value of course is due if booking less than 30 days before the route / activity begins.

Payment details will be provided by email following receipt of this form.

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  1. I confirm that I am over the age of 18 (if under 18 you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times and they sign below on any child’s behalf).
  2. I agree to be bound by and obey these terms and conditions and all other rules, regulations and conditions of Mountain Journeys and its officials, including those rules, regulations or conditions contained in this Disclaimer and any other applicable safety rules.
  3. I acknowledge that I owe a duty to myself and others whilst engaging in any activity provided by Mountain Journeys to ensure that I do not take any action or step to do or fail to do anything as to endanger my safety and/or the safety of others.
  4. I confirm that I will not attempt to repair, modify or tamper with any equipment provided to me for any purpose whilst engaging in any activity and will comply with all instructions in relation to the safe and proper use of such equipment.
  5. I will not, whilst engaging in any activity provided by Mountain Journeys, use any equipment other than those provided to me by Mountain Journeys without the consent of a representative of Mountain Journeys.
  6. I acknowledge that engaging in an activity provided by Mountain Journeys can be physically and mentally demanding and confirm that I am in good health and know of no reason, physical or mental why I could be unable to engage in such activity.
  7. I agree to pay to Mountain Journeys a sum equivalent to the new value of the item plus an administration charge of £50 if I fail to return to Mountain Journeys any equipment provided to me for the purpose of engaging in any activity.
  8. Cancellations will be subject to a minimum cancellation charge of £50 per day. Cancellations made within 7 days of the activity date will be subject to the full rate agreed for activities and no refund can be given.At our discretion we may offer an alternative date at no additional charge.
  9. I acknowledge that engaging in the activity provided by Mountain Journeys may be dangerous. I therefore recognise that engaging in any activity is at my own risk. I confirm that Mountain Journeys is entitled at any time for whatever reason to deny me access and/or engagement in any activity. I will not hold Mountain Journeys or any of its representatives responsible for any illness, loss, injury or death sustained before, during or after participation in an activity provided by Mountain Journeys
  10. I confirm that I understand the necessity to take out insurance for the activity.
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