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Honister Ghyll Scrambling

Ghyll Scrambling near Keswick, Northern Lake District

Although Stonycroft Ghyll, near Keswick, was the original scrambling Ghyll used in the Lake District, Honister Ghyll has been used by groups for at least 25 years - and is brilliant in its own right. It is one of our most popular activities for families with younger children (6-10 years).

What is it?


'Ghyll' is just a Cumbrian word for mountain stream...

Impossible to describe and impossible to forget, Ghyll Scrambling (aka gorge walking) is the most popular half day or full day activity in the Lake District, and at Honister involves scrambling up a Lake District ghyll under the watchful eye of your highly experienced guide. The ascent will include mini rock climbs (some not all that mini!) jumps into plunge pools and various other optional challenges as we're scrambling up the ghyll. While your ghyll scrambling, your instructor will be with you every step along the way ensuring your safety and maximising your enjoyment of a truly unique Lake District experience! Honister Ghyll is one of the best activity venues full stop, and is especially suited to groups with younger members. Gorge walking is a perfect wet weather adventure, and lets face it - it does rain ALOT in the Lake District!

As standard we provide all our clients with high quality kit, a well fitting wetsuit, as well as spray jackets, buoyancy aids if required and helmets. This means you can enjoy this amazing activity safe in the knowledge that you are wearing the best gear possible, and ensures that we keep you warm in the waterfalls of the mountain river!

Hire a GoPro! Although we have always provided free photos of our activities as standard, we now offer the option of hiring our GoPro equipped helmet for only £15. We will then send you a DVD of the footage for you to enjoy at your leisure. Please book this extra service early, it really is a great way to remember your group and one of the Lake Districts finest ghyll scrambling activities.

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Typical Itinerary


9.30am

Meet at the bottom of the Honister Pass, 20min drive from Keswick.


9.45am

Kit up with wetsuits, waterproofs and helmets before a short walk to the start of the mountain stream.


10.00am

Enter the ghyll and scramble, climb and jump our way up the ghyll.


12.00am

Complete the ghyll scramble, dry out and warm up!


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The Lake District is THE home of ghyll scrambling, and we can offer our groups half day and full day ghyll scrambling sessions, from the mighty Esk Gorge (full day) aka Esk Ghyll or even Esk canyoning to a shorter 1/2 day trip in Stoneycroft Ghyll or Church Beck in the South Lakes. They are all great fun trips out for friends, families, stags, hen parties and anyone who has a swimming costume and doesn't mind getting wet! Get in touch, and see why this is our most popular activity!