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Canyoning and Ghyll Scrambling


Ghylls are among the hidden gems of the Lakeland. Rarely are their delights brazenly shown, but coyly revealed at every twist and turn of the journey. They provide great sport, whether the ascent be wet or dry. The nature of the sport dictates that this is one activity in which the weather cannot dampen one's spirits.

During your course we will tutor you in the art of canyoning, covering all aspects including: appropriate route selection, canyoning skills, weather interpretation, modern rope handling techniques, fixed belays, and abseiling.


Go Higher's canyoning and ghyll scrambling courses are run exclusively in the Lake District through the year.

Favourite outings include: Esk Gorge (pictured at right), Sour Milk Ghyll, Launchy Ghyll, Birker Falls, Crinkle Ghyll, Link Cove Beck.

Conditions / Level of Difficulty / Fitness Requirements

We cover a wide spectra of difficulty from beginner to expert, so whether it is your first time or one of many, we can cater to your particular needs or desires. Our clients range from young to old and from low to high fitness, and neither age or physical condition are barriers to an enjoyable holiday with Go Higher. We have found that the most important factor in you achieving your goals is self-confidence, which we believe we can enhance.

An ability to swim is desirable.

What We Provide

Go Higher will provide:

  • instructor/s;

  • all technical equipment as required (e.g. helmets, ropes, harness); and

  • transport to and from the crags.

What You Need to Provide

You will need to provide:

  • adequate personal insurance;

  • sturdy footwear;

  • gloves;

  • waterproofs;

  • small rucksack (if possible);

  • warm clothing (regardless of weather);

  • towel, spare set of dry clothes and footwear;

  • waterproof camera;

  • packed lunch / flask;

  • sun cream / lip balm; and

  • small amount of cash.

Remember that conditions can change rapidly in the hills, so always be prepared!

Also check the conditions for your chosen course or holiday, as requirements vary.

Scheduled Courses and Holidays

Below are the scheduled courses and holidays for this activity. For the full list of activities, courses and holidays please refer to the Tariff and Calendar.

Canyoning/Ghyll Scrambling

Number of people


Price (pp)

1 person



2 people



3 +



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Canyoning in the spectacular Esk Gorge, Lake District. Photo © Steve Morgan, Go Higher.


Topping out of the main falls in Esk Gorge, Lake District. Photo © Steve Morgan, Go Higher.


[Inset Photo]: Start of the Esk Gorge. Photo © Steve Morgan, Go Higher.