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Gorge Walking & Ghyll Scrambling

Gorge Walking & Ghyll Scrambling

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Gorge Walking and Ghyll Scrambling is an adrenaline fuelled activity that involves jumping into pools, scrambling up rocks, swimming and generally getting very wet! The Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales has the most exciting, gorge walking and ghyll scrambling in the North of England and are all in very picturesque locations. Slip, slide, swim and jump your way down the gorge or a mountain stream with one of our experienced instructors. It will be an alfresco adventure that will leave you with a massive smile on your face and stick with you for a long time!

What is Gorge Walking and Ghyll Scrambling?

In a nutshell, gorge walking and ghyll scrambling are the same. A gorge tends to be a steep sided rocky ravine where the water has carved a deep channel into the rock, which are most commonly found in areas where limestone is present, some call a gorge a cave without a roof. A ghyll is a Norsk word we inherited from the Vikings that simply means mountain stream. Ghylls don’t tend to have the steep sided walls like in a gorge.
As always at Alfresco Adventures we put the safety of the participants at the forefront whilst gorge walking/ ghyll scrambling. We provide you with top quality equipment which includes:

  • A wetsuit
  • A helmet
  • A cag (a protective layer helping keep you dry, trap heat and reduce wind chill in order to keep you happier in the water for longer!)
  • A buoyancy aid (please note in some ghylls it is not suitable to wear a buoyancy aid)

Our Gorge Walking/ Ghyll Scrambling sessions are approximately 3 hours long and can be either morning or afternoon and are suitable for the age of 10 years upwards. The Epic Esk Ghyll is up to 6 hours and the minimum age for this is 16 years.



Gorge Walking & Ghyll Scrambling Locations

Just some of the places where we can offer this activity

  • Ash Gill

    Ash Gill

    Middleton-In-Teesdale, Barnard Castle, Penrith

  • Hell Gill

    Hell Gill

    Hawes, Kendal

  • Stoneycroft Ghyll

    Stoneycroft Ghyll

    Keswick, Cockermouth

  • Esk Gorge

    Esk Gorge


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  • Church Beck

    Church beck

    Coniston, Ambleside, Grasmere

An outdoor activity in which one follows the course of a stream (on foot, in the water), negotiating rapids and jumping or climbing waterfalls.

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