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.
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!
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
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…