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Lake District Scrambling

Rock Scrambling in the Lake District

Bridging the gap between walking and rock climbing, scrambling will mean you get your hands on the rock, scrambling up rocky steps, slabs, chimneys and arêtes to a mountain summit in the company of our experienced instructors. No matter your previous mountain experience, we can plan and give you a great challenging day out.

There are two main forms of Scrambling - one IN water, called Ghyll Scrambling, of which we offer a number of trips, and Dry 'traditional' scrambling where the aim is to pick the most challenging way up a mountain, taking in as many rocky outcrops as we can along the way.As it borders on rock climbing at times, we may use some simple rope work, although this will be kept to a minimum, allowing you to enjoy the flow of the mountain. Up there among truly impressive scenery, your journey will take you up to a stunning view across the Lake District fells and a real sense of achievement.

Scrambling in the Lake District is great fun for groups and is also a really good way of tiring out the kids!

What is it?


There are a huge number of scrambles in the Lakes, but many are quite short. We will aim to plan a day with you which will enable us to link a number of these together, to maximise the challenge, whilst still getting to some fell tops, having got up some classic ridges. Which one we use will depend on your group size / previous experience and the expected weather conditions.

To help you choose the correct challenge, each scramble is given a difficulty grade of 1, 2 or 3. Some of the best know scrambles in the Lake District are Sharp Edge, Striding Edge, Swirral Edge and Halls Fell Ridge which are all grade 1 scrambles and suitable for most regular walkers. At the other end of the scale, two great grade 3 scramble are Pinnacle ridge, on St Sunday crag, or Slab and Notch on Pillar Rock, which although quite short, will both test you head for heights!

Is scrambling dangerous?

There is a popular misconception that scrambles in the Lake District are a milder and less dangerous version of rock climbing - 'climbing-lite'. But scrambling can actually be the more serious activity, particularly in the higher grades, mainly as you are using less protection than when rock climbing, as the essence is to travel fast and cover the ground. Using our experienced instructors will lessen this, as they are expert on when to get the rope out!

Who teaches us?

All our instructors are proven climbers with a true passion and love for their sport. They have all climbed extensively both in Britain and abroad and have the experience and knowledge to make your day truly memorable. They will hold the MCI (Mountaineering Climbing Instructor formally MIA) Award, which is the top summer mountain award in the UK. We take pride in only employing local instructors who will tailor the day perfectly to your needs using their extensive knowledge of all the scrambles in the area. This means all the worries about route finding, choosing the correct level of challenge and your safety in the mountains is all taken care of.

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Typical Itinerary


9.30am

Meet up at carpark.


9.45am

Issue the kit, and get walking to the start of the scramble.


4.30pm

Finish, walk down and head home.


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The Lake District is home to more than just scrambles, from Rock Climbing, Ghyll Scrambling to a straight forward walk up Scafell Pike via the Corridor route, it really is the perfect adventure location for anyone after a challenge!