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Stickle Ghyll Langdale

Langdale Ghyll Scrambling – Stickle Ghyll:

Langdale Ghyll Scrambling:

Located in the beautiful valley of Langdale, Stickle Ghyll is possibly thee most popular Ghyll scramble in the Lake District. With a super short walk in of around 2 – 5 minutes, this makes it an ideal venue for friends and families visiting the Lakes.

We go from bottom to top on this route, and you can adjust it in different ways. You can start with the basic trip from the car park to the bridge, or make it longer by beginning at the bridge and going up the larger waterfalls, where a rope can be useful. If you keep going, you’ll eventually reach the famous tarn with the same name.

Langdale Ghyll Scrambling: 

Stickle Ghyll, also known as Stickle gorge, is conveniently near the path, making it accessible to everyone. You can easily add or skip parts as you like. The lower section begins pleasantly and is perfect for getting your blood pumping! Easy small water falls reach open pools where you can swim – tread water, or your choice, stick more to the edge to find a footing. Before too long we are faced with a steeper water fall where we break out the rope for safety. This is totally do able to all comers and people really love this as it pushes them just enough. But likewise feel super safe with the confidence of a rope. Likewise this can be avoided by cutting round the side. 

Stickle Ghyll:

After this, the Ghyll gains height, moving through pools, steps, and small waterfalls. It then ascends a rough slab, which, in high water, may wash out and requires bypassing because it’s too tricky to stand on. Usually it’s just a matter of sticking to the right and keeping weight through the feet. Of course some helping, assisting from the instructor and yourselves always helps massively! Thereafter we get to a small or  medium jump which is always a fave with kids and adults a like! Once the bridge is reached we can continue up depending on time/fatigue levels, or we can take the lovely well trodden path down to the car park.


Langdale ghyll scrambling – Firstly Stickle Ghyll Langdale is a large ghyll! It stretches around 1.5 km’s all the way to Stickle Tarn. Besides it being a long ghyll, it’s quite interesting in its formation. For instance along the way you will have different obstacles to cross including deep pools, a rock climb – with rope – slabs of rock, and a jump! 

The ghyll lasts around about 2/2.5 hours depending on the group. Likewise it can be extended if we are moving well. Because there is a path right next to the ghyll, all sections can be missed if needs be. 

Stickle Ghyll Langdale – Stickle Ghyll Scrambling


Because we use the very best kit for ghyll / gorge scrambling, this means 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!! Therefore please do not bring sandals 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.

    Frequently asked questions:

    What equipment is provided, and what do I need to bring?

    Rock n Ridge will provide – Helmet, Harness, wetsuit, buoyancy aid, and any technical/climbing equipment needed for the activity. 

    YOU will need to bring:

    Footwear – Walking boots are better but trainers will work. 


    A fleece top or something similar if you have.

    Two pairs of longer socks, or better still some thick walking socks.

    Pair of shorts if you have. 

    A Towel. 

    How long will it last? 

    A half day’s Canyon session will last around about 3 – 4 hours. That said some groups get through it quicker. But we can always take in some of the exciting bits again. 

    What if the weather is too adverse for our trip?

    An alternative date will be set to suit the group. Or a full refund will be given.

    Do I need experience?

    In a nutshell, no. We have had all sorts of people/abilities in the Canyons, Gorges and Ghyll’s of the Lake District. Some fitness and a bit of flexibility especially when you have a wetsuit on will be helpful. 

    Do you give discounts?

    Yes – For two persons it’s £60 each. A group of four is £50 each. For six to eight persons it’s £40 each. 

Price & Booking:

Prices start from £50 per person for a group of 4 persons.

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.

We can accommodate 1-1 to large group sizes. You can also check out our booking information here.


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