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Scrambling opens up new challenges in spectacular and wild settings. Leave behind the beaten track as we follow daring routes up the ridges and buttresses of the Lakeland mountains; offering a fantastic sense of personal achievement amid panoramic views that few others have experienced.

Scrambling by definition is the ascent of rock using both hands and feet, where the route is not considered difficult or sustained enough to warrant the term 'rock climbing.' The essence of scrambling is moving freely over rocky terrain, always exercising judgment in what can be tackled safely.

During your course we will tutor you in the art of scrambling, covering all aspects from route selection, scrambling skills, modern rope handling techniques (including use of belays and 'moving together'), safe methods of descent, and abseiling.


The majority of our courses are located within the Lake District, but between autumn and spring we also run courses on the Sun Rock of the Mediterranean (including Mallorca, Sardinia, Costa Blanca, Corsica). Other overseas destinations include Jordan's Wadi Rum and the Picos de Europa in Spain.

We also offer weekend breaks to other top quality scrambling venues in the UK, including the Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye and North Wales.

In the Lake District, favourite scrambles include Cam Crag Ridge, Pinnacle Ridge and Sharp Edge.

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.

In the case of the Cuillin Ridge, however, clients will require a reasonable degree of fitness and scrambling experience, as the trip involves at least two long days on the mountains.

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 (but see specific courses and holidays for exclusions - e.g. airfares).

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);

  • 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! It is often worth bringing along a spare set of clothing to change into at the end of the day in the event that conditions do worsen.

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

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.

Scrambling Courses in the Lakes













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Spectacular views and locations are the norm on our scrambling days. Photo © Go Higher.


Scrambling in Mallorca, with stunning views over the Formentor Peninsula. Photo © Go Higher.


[Inset Photo]: Scrambling on High Stile, Lake District. Sca Fell is in the distance. Photo © Go Higher.