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Rock Scrambling Half-Day or Full-Day in the Lake District

Rock Scrambling Half-Day or Full-Day in the Lake District

£ 50

Lake District - choice of location

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Taster & Beginner & Intermediate
Family-Friendly, Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 6
Lake District - choice of location
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Strict
Minimum booking size: 2
£ 50

Activity Highlights:

This dynamic activity combines the best of hill-walking and rock climbing, offering you the chance to traverse steep, rocky terrain without the need for extensive specialised gear. With the freedom to move more naturally and explore, you’ll discover challenging situations and stunning vistas. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or trying it for the first time, rock scrambling promises an all-absorbing and incredibly fun experience.

Key Details

  • Duration: Choose a half-day or upgrade to a full-day for just £80 for the group
  • Age Requirement: Children as young as 6 and adults up to their late 70s are welcome – under-18s should be accompanied by an adult
  • Season: Available from March to mid-November, including damp days
  • Safety: Our experienced guides are well-trained in first aid and rock scrambling techniques

Itinerary

Prepare for a day filled with excitement and exploration as we embark on a rock scrambling journey in the Lake District.

We’ll gather at our agreed meeting point for a warm welcome and a thorough safety briefing. 

Our journey begins with a picturesque hike to the chosen rock scrambling location, allowing you to soak in the natural beauty of the Lake District.

Once we reach the rocky terrain, the real fun begins. You’ll have the opportunity to challenge yourself and explore the steep and rocky landscapes, all while taking in the breathtaking views.

For those seeking summit glory via a rocky route, we’ll make it happen. Whether you’re a seasoned scrambler or a first-timer, we’ll tailor the experience to suit your preferences.

Location

Our rock scrambling adventures can take you to various stunning locations throughout the Lake District. With its diverse landscapes, the Lake District offers the ideal backdrop for this thrilling activity. Many of our routes are conveniently accessible from the charming towns of Ambleside and Windermere.

Here are some routes to choose from. Don’t worry, we can help to advise if you are unfamiliar with the area:

  • Raven Crag, Yewdale: This spot offers the perfect introduction to rock scrambling, boasting exceptionally grippy rock surfaces and easy access close to the road. It rewards scramblers with stunning vistas overlooking Coniston Water.
  • Tarn Crag, Langdale: Tarn Crag presents a range of scrambles, from grade 1 to 3, and even some simpler rock climbs. The crag’s location is impressive, set against the backdrop of high-quality Borrowdale volcanic rock. Scrambling here can be enjoyed as a standalone adventure or combined with other routes in the area.
  • Pavey Ark, Langdale: Jack’s Rake is the quintessential scramble to the summit of Pavey Ark, a true gem in the Lake District. The route offers positive handholds throughout, breathtaking scenery, and views that are hard to surpass. While it appears more straightforward, it demands caution as the exposure increases.
  • Harrison Stickle, Langdale: On busy days when many climbers ascend Jack’s Rake, Harrison Stickle offers a quieter alternative. The superb rock quality and adventurous feel of the route make it a hidden treasure. This scramble leads all the way to the mountain’s summit for a rewarding experience.
  • Ill Crag, Eskdale: Accessible via Esk Hause from Langdale, this route takes you high above The Great Moss of Eskdale for a challenging day out. The scrambling takes place on rough, grippy Borrowdale volcanic rock, culminating in an exhilarating summit ascent. This is one of the longest routes in the Lake District.
  • Raven Crag, Langdale: Raven Crag provides various options for scramblers, including a grade 2 route at the right end of the main crag and multiple grade 1 routes leading to higher Langdale scrambles. Alternatively, there’s Middlefell Buttress on the left side of the main crag, a popular easy rock climb (difficulty) that offers scenic abseil descents and further scrambling up Thorn Crag and Loft Crag.
  • Pinnacle Ridge, Patterdale: This photogenic, ‘Alpinesque’ ridge promises a rewarding day above Ullswater. Rated at grade 3, it offers exciting positions and stunning vistas. The Helvellyn range provides the perfect backdrop for those who appreciate scenic exploration.
  • Scafell, Wasdale: Broad Stand, where Coleridge is rumored to have descended from Scafell’s summit, offers a challenging route. The initial difficulties are akin to rock climbing, and higher up, it transitions into classic scrambling. The impressive scenery makes it a journey well worth embarking upon.
  • Pike ‘O Blisco, Langdale: Known for its exceptional rock quality, Pike ‘O Blisco offers enjoyable scrambling for both beginners and experienced scramblers. The breathtaking views, easy access, and abundant fantastic rock make it a favorite destination.
  • Harter Fell, Duddon Valley: Tucked away in a quiet corner, Harter Fell offers excellent scrambling opportunities with seclusion. The rock outcrops along the route to the summit provide continuous interest for scramblers seeking solitude.
  • Long Crag, Coniston: This fine ridge is situated just above Coniston village. Abundant high-quality rock makes gaining altitude easy, granting increasingly spectacular views of Coniston Water.
  • Pillar Rock: Scaling Pillar Rock is at the pinnacle of scrambling and requires a rope for both ascent and descent. While the scrambling is not overly difficult, the steepness and exposure are severe, making it a day out to remember.

Whether you have a specific route in mind or not, we can tailor your scrambling adventure to your preferences. 

Prerequisites

Ideally, participants should have a head for heights, but we’ve successfully guided many without this attribute who still loved the experience. We can customise the day to accommodate all levels of ability, making it a fantastic family day out and an excellent way to keep the kids active.

Why Choose Us?

We are dedicated to providing you with an unforgettable rock scrambling experience. Your safety is our top priority. Our experienced guides are trained in first aid and have extensive knowledge of all the routes to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience. We provide all the necessary technical and safety equipment, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own gear. Our guides have an in-depth understanding of the Lake District and its diverse scrambling opportunities, allowing us to create a customised itinerary that suits your preferences.

Whether you’re looking for a half-day or full-day adventure, we can accommodate your needs. Our trips involve one or more scrambling ascents of Lake District mountains to make the most of your time. Many of our routes are conveniently located in the Langdale & Coniston valleys, near Ambleside & Windermere, ensuring easy access for your adventure.

Join us for an unforgettable day of rock scrambling in the Lake District, where adventure and nature combine to create lasting memories. Book now and get ready to embark on a thrilling journey through the stunning landscapes of this iconic region.

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What's Included:

  • All technical and safety equipment.
  • Highly experienced guides and instructors with in-depth knowledge of all the routes.
  • A bespoke itinerary designed to maximise your rock scrambling adventure.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal clothing and footwear (please dress appropriately for the weather).
  • Food and drinks (please bring your own snacks and water for the day).
  • Transportation to and from the meeting point.

Group Size of 3 and above: 20% discount

Group Size of 4 and above: 30% discount

Group Size of 5 and above: 36% discount

Group Size of 6 and above: 40% discount

Discounts

Discounts

Group Size of 3 and above: 20% discount

Group Size of 4 and above: 30% discount

Group Size of 5 and above: 36% discount

Group Size of 6 and above: 40% discount

Frequently Asked Questions

Rock scrambling is an exhilarating outdoor activity that falls between hill-walking and rock climbing. It involves navigating steep and rocky terrain without the need for extensive specialised equipment, offering participants the freedom to move more naturally and explore challenging landscapes. Rock scrambling provides a thrilling blend of adventure and stunning natural scenery, making it accessible to individuals of various skill levels, from beginners seeking a fun day out to experienced adventurers looking for a new challenge. It’s a dynamic way to immerse oneself in the great outdoors while enjoying the physical and mental rewards of conquering rocky obstacles and savoring breathtaking views.

These half or full days require a reasonable level of general fitness. It’s not all about upper body strength, most climbing actually comes from the legs, so doesn’t need to be tiring, honest! Arriving at the crags does require some uphill walking too – think of it as a warm-up!

This is flexible and will be to suit you. We often meet clients in Ambleside, or if staying nearby we may arrange to meet at your accommodation.

Yes. Please bring at least one litre of water per person and a packed lunch & snacks. During the cooler months, you may wish to bring a flask of something hot: tea / coffee / hot chocolate / hot juice all work well.

We recommend the following kit list:

  • Waterproof jacket & over trousers
  • Hat & gloves
  • Warm clothing
  • Walking boots / sturdy footwear
  • Packed lunch & snacks
  • Water – at least 1 litre
  • Backpack suitable for carrying the above kit
  • Personal medication (if applicable)
  • Camera

Extras / Options

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy

Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 

Firm

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount

Strict

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts