Keswick Ghyll Scrambling (aka Gorge Walking)

in Stonycroft Ghyll - Featured on BBC1's Country File!

Stonycroft Ghyll, near Keswick, was the original Ghyll Scrambling activity in the Lake District, and has been used by outdoor adventure groups for at least 35 years - and is the ideal introduction to the amazing sport of ghyll scrambling. Developed by the Victorians as one of the Lake Districts first adventure activities, let our experienced instructors take you on a water experience you won't forget!

Activity Summary

7 Years+

3 Hours

From £40pp

What is Ghyll Scrambling?

An impossible adventure to describe and equally impossible to forget, Ghyll Scrambling is always one of the Lake Districts favourite water activities and involves descending a Lake District mountain stream under the safe guidance of our experienced instructors. The ghyll scrambling near Keswick will include rock slides, dives and even jumps down waterfalls into plunge pools and is guaranteed to have you buzzing with adrenaline by the end of the scrambling experience. Your instructor will guide you down the mountain river ensuring your safety and maximising your enjoyment of a truly unique Keswick activity experience! All the challenges will be set at an appropriate level for you, and there is no pressure to complete every part of the ghyll - there is always another way! This makes Stonycroft the perfect scrambling ghyll trip for teams with a mix of ages / abilities.

As standard we provide all our ghyll scrambling clients with high quality safety equipment, well fitting wetsuits, as well as spray jackets, buoyancy aids if required and helmets. This means you can enjoy this amazing Lake District scrambling adventure safe in the knowledge that you are wearing the best safety equipment possible, and ensures that we keep you warm and happy scrambling in the ghyll!

Hire a GoPro! Although we have always provided free photos of your activity 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 ghyll scrambling experience, one of Keswick's finest wet adventure activities!

Small Group bonus!

For smaller groups, if time and water levels permit, we may take you down into the Gorge section of Stonycroft. This will add around 20min to your activity, and push the ghyll scrambling challenge up a notch. This part of the gorge is man made, an old mine, and much more steep sided and committing than the gorge walking further upstream, and is a great way to finish off for those after an extra adventure.

Typical Itinerary


Meet at the bottom of the Ghyll, 10min drive from Keswick, in the beautiful Newlands Valley.


Kit up with wetsuits, waterproofs and helmets before heading up the short walk to the start.


Enter the water, get wet and scramble, slide and jump our way down the pools.


Complete the ghyll scramble, dry out, and return to Keswick!

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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 activities, from the mighty Esk Gorge (full day) aka Esk Ghyll to a shorter 1/2 day trip in Church Beck or Honister Ghyll in the Northern Lake District. They are all great fun trips out for adults, children, 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 experience!