Ghyll Scrambling in the Lake District


All this week we are featuring Lake District visitor attractions, inspired by the ITV programme Weekend Escapes featuring actor Warwick Davis and his family. Warwick visited several visitor attractions near our Lake District cottages and in this final instalment we are looking at ghyll scrambling.

Across the Lake District, mountain streams tumble down in thundering torrents, dramatic waterfalls and gentle streams. I often stop to gaze at the majestic power of the water, unstoppable and untamed as it crashes over rocks or glides gently over river beds.

Ghyll scrambling in the Lake District
Now how would you feel about jumping headlong into one of these plunge pools or sliding down a rocky gorge filled with water? Ghyll scrambling is a bracing activity that you can try out in the ghylls and streams across the Lake District. Essentially, the sport involves plunging down rock slides and waterfalls into pools of fresh Lakeland water. Part of the challenge is to negotiate the boulders and rock chutes and find the courage to jump from the waterfalls into the water below!

Family ghyll scrambling in the Lake District
There are several activity providers in the Lake District that will happily guide you through your first ghyll scramble. You can read more on our activity providers page.

All equipment is provided including wetsuits/waterproofs, helmets and life jackets. The activity is suitable for ages 8 plus and you don’t need to be super fit or an excellent swimmer to take part – many of the pools don’t even reach waist height. The experienced instructors will guide you in the safe ascent or descent of the exciting ghylls, specially chosen for natural obstacles and maximum adrenaline rush.

Splash pool
Some of the popular locations for ghyll scrambling are Stoneycroft Ghyll in Newlands Valley, Church Beck in Coniston and Esk Gorge in Eskdale. We don’t recommend that you try ghyll scrambling on your own without an instructor – it is great fun to do as a group with your friends and family!

Click here for details of self catering cottages close to ghyll scrambling in the Lake District.