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Pinnacle Ridge

Pinnacle Ridge – Grade 2/3


Thinking of scrambling Pinnacle Ridge? Then look no further, we offer guided 1-1 / 1-2 scrambles up this iconic Lake District route. This certainly is one, if not thee best scrambles in the lake district. Some scrambling experience is beneficial but not essential. In truth if you are confident and are willing to give it a go, then it can be achieved.

Learn the ropes

That said if you’d prefer to come on one of our Scrambling courses, then book a place? In addition to getting you ready for scrambles in the Lake District, and the UK. We cover topics such as: movement skills, route finding tips, reading the rock, and technique to move more efficiently. Likewise you may be wanting to learn some rope techniques used for scrambling and we cover that as well. In fact this is extremely beneficial for people wanting to lead scrambles, and we guarantee you’ll learn lot’s on one of our courses.


Pinnacle Ridge is a grade 3 Scramble if the route is taken direct. Taking in all the ridges pinnacles. That said, some of the route can be bypassed to make easier variations for people who may struggle. Certainly the main ‘meat’ of this route is the corner pitch. The picture at the top shows this pitch. If this is climbed then it’s an awesome route, as it leads on to the main pinnacle which had bags of character. Finishing up and over this offers a unique mini Alpine experience in the Lake District.

In conclusion this is truly one of the most classic scrambles in the Lake Districts and we urge you to attempt it with us. Our instructors will be on hand to give you advice and offer security with the use of a rope.

Grading Explanation chart

Grade Description
1 Fairly straightforward for most experienced hill walkers. It may be necessary to use the hands occasionally but holds will normally be large and the exposure not too off-putting
2 It will be necessary to use hands for more sustained stretches. Exposure may be significant and retreat may be difficult.
3 Advanced scrambles. This may involve making moves on steep rock in very exposed situations and some people may prefer the protection of a rope in places. Occasional moves of ‘moderate’ rock climbing standard may be required. The ability to abseil may be useful if a retreat is made.
3(S) Some guide books use the 3(S) grade to indicate scrambles which are particularly serious, whether because of difficulty, exposure, or poor rock. All but the most experienced and competent would use a rope on these climbs.


Above all we guarantee ALL our days. We believe we are the best at what we do. All our instructors are very experienced and highly qualified. All will hold the highest qualifications, meaning you’re always in the best of hands and In brief you will come away gaining hill skills and additional mountain knowledge after being with us.


Further Reading:

5 biggest pitfalls to Scrambling

Pinnacle Ridge info

map showing route of pinnacle ridge on st. sunday crag lake district

For 1:2 the price is £95 per person.

For 1:3 the price is £75 per person.

A £50 deposit is required to book a place. See our Contact and Pricing page for more details.

For larger groups please get in touch for pricing.

* Max persons for Scrambling days per instructor is 1-3. Anymore an additional instructor will be needed.


‘Climb the mountains and get their good tidings’ ”John Muir