Ghyll, Gorge, Canyoning


Ghyll scrambling, Gorge walking, and Canyoning in the Lake District, there all the same thing. Apart from Gorge walking, and Ghyll scrambling you climb up with the flow of the water. Whereas Canyoning follows the water down stream.


Rock n Ridge has been operating in the various Ghylls’, Gorges and Canyons of the Lake District for over 2 decades.  Therefore we can operate from all of the ‘classic’ Lake District Gorges. If you have one in mind then just let us know. Alternatively we can organise everything and choose the venue depending on you’re group.

The Venues:


Stickle Ghyll Langdale:


Stickle Ghyll in Langdale is a popular choice with groups. It’s a lovely place as if time permits can be extended or started from the upper section. This gives more of a challenge, as the waterfalls are larger and steeper.


Church Beck – Coniston:


Church Beck in Coniston is another popular Gorge/Ghyll, and more recently has been run as a Canyon trip. This is a super-exciting Canyon and you can see some of the pictures taken from Church Beck on this page. There are jumps, slides, and lowers, all of which accumulates in getting you to the ‘big slide’ as the grand finale.


Stoney Croft – Keswick:


Situated outside Keswick, Stoney croft Ghyll is brilliant. Run, as a Canyon trip it’s great fun. There are lot’s of slides and shoots in this Canyon. Also has the aptly named ‘Dolly Tub’ or ‘Washing Machine’ section, whereby in high water it can get pretty exciting!

Esk Ghyll/Gorge:


Possibly the most talked about Ghyll/Gorge in the Lake District, is of course the Esk. Situated in the valley of Brotherilkeld this one takes the most time as it’s a fair walk – about 50 minutes. Once there though, the scenery is amazing and the Ghyll/Gorge is challenging and full of surprises. A choice of different sized jumps into deep pools kicks this one off and leads you up into the main falls proper. After that you can carry on and on, where the gradient steepens and the challenges become harder and harder

Other venues:


Apart from the well-used venues mentioned above, we like to get off the tourist track and use different venues. This gives our instructors variation, and also; we believe gives the other venues a chance to breathe again.

We have a few off the beaten track venues that are exceptional. For example and we think a first, but a chance to zip line 40m across a roaring Canyon! You’ll have to book to find out more…


gorge scrambling



We use the very best kit for ghyll/gorge scrambling so you get a better experience when doing this activity.

Please see below for the Ghyll/Gorge and Canyoning kit we feel necessary for you to have a good day.

Rock n Ridge will provide the following kit:

  • Helmet
  • Harness (if appropriate to venue)
  • All climbing equipment (appropriate to venue)
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Wet suit-These really help keep you warmer.
  • Dry cagoule – Depending on venue/weather.

You will need to bring:

  • Any medication
  • Glasses can be worn, or contacts, but may fall out when submerged.
  • Towel-Important.
  • Spare/change of clothing
  • Footwear – This is the most essential bit of kit. Remember these will get WET!!Please do not bringsandals and or those silly wet suit shoes/boots-they do not work.

Walking boots, or trainers are ideal, wellington boots work well too.

  • Shorts/board shorts to go over the wetsuit
  • Food and drink/money for the day.



For a Ghyll scrambling, Gorge walking or Canyoning trip, or for more information just give us a call or send us an email. We can accommodate 1-1 to large group sizes. You can also check out our booking information here. A £50 deposit via Paypal can also be used to secure a booking. See below.


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canyoning in church beck