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Extreme Canyoning Lake District – The Biggest and Best


Extreme Canyoning Lake District


Extreme Canyoning Lake District

Here in the Lake District there are many adventures to be had. We are lucky enough to have been on a huge amount of adventure days over many years and have come to know the region really well.

Whether it’s Rock climbing; Abseiling; Guided walks; Mountain skills; Gorge scrambling; Biking; or Canyoneering, we can help create the perfect day for your next adventure.

Today we have been in a lesser known canyon, deep in the Langdale valley. It was only a few years ago I thought of offering this venue as a canyon trip and after a thorough check of it we knew it was going to be brilliant and something quite different from what other providers offer.

Being in the Langdale valley, it is easy to reach for anyone staying in the Ambleside/Windermere/Kendal/Coniston areas. The approach walk is a little longer than some other venues, but it’s a walk through beautiful scenery and much of it is on quite level ground.

But it isn’t the easy access that anyone chooses this place. It has everything to do with a 50m waterfall that we abseil through. This is the biggest – by a long way – waterfall abseil here in the Lake District that is offered as an activity day.

Helen and Jan joined us today and had specified this particular venue. Until only very recently the weather here in the Lake District hasn’t been quite good enough for a trip to a canyon trip up in the mountains. Thankfully the change in weather arrived just in time and we were on for the big trip to Hells Gorge, nestled deep in the Langdale valley.

After getting kitted up at The Old Dungeon Ghyll we set off to walk into Oxendale, just left of The Band. With 8mm of neoprene on us, we soon warmed up plenty, so took our time and enjoyed the splendid views during the approach walk. Our big waterfall soon appeared, wow it is massive!

Thankfully there is a ‘warm-up’ abseil just above the main event, the girls had a couple of goes on this one. It’s a really cool slide that’s about 18 metres and leads into a beautiful pool.

Okay, time for the big one. Ropes all set up, we also chatted about a few rope techniques as Jan is a climber too. And off we go, slowly at first. It’s good to savour this descent and simply marvel at the surroundings, it’s quite surreal.

More play and adventure is on offer in the pool and various smaller waterfalls below, but many will now want to just take a gentle stroll back out of the mountains and aim straight for a hot chocolate at the ODG.

For more information about the Canyon trips we offer here in the Lake District please see here.

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