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Esk Ghyll

Esk Ghyll


Esk Ghyll is located in the South Lakes in the Esk Valley. It’s a very remote location accessed by hardknott pass. To successfully drive along the pass you must be a confident driver! Its winding roads are very steep and tight!

The gorge is truly stunning and the views are the best the Lake District has to offer. Esk Ghyll pours its way down the flanks of Englands highest peak and requires a good level of fitness to just reach it.

This location is remote and has no toilets or changing facilities. Changing will take place behind dry stone walls after the 45 minute walk-in.

The walk-in will take around 45 mins and each person will be required to brink a rucksack to carry a wetsuit, cag, buoyancy aid, footwear, towel etc as well as any personal equipment and any food or drink. The effort required to reach the ghyll is more than worth it. This ghyll scramble really is the best of the best.

This ghyll scramble involves ascending the gorge known as ‘Esk Ghyll’ involving jumps, swimming and climbing waterfalls. We call it ‘The Big One’ and it really does live up to its name – some of the jumps are MASSIVE and its located on Englands highest mountain!

Once we reach the ghyll everyone will have a snack and get changed behind drystone walls. Once changed we leave the bags behind a wall so leave your valuables at home or in the car. We will then enter the ghyll to experience EPIC jumps in an EPIC location and we will have EPIC amounts of fun.

The scramble is a wet one with lots of jumping and swimming through deep pools of water so make sure you are up for it. This ghyll can be enjoyed in flood conditions making it a ‘safe bet’ in unsettled weather. All of the obstacles can be avoided should you not want to take part in any of the challenges that do not suit you. If jumping isn’t for you then worry not. This ghyll can be enjoyed just as much without doing the big jumps.

For adults 18 years and over only

Children welcome

Opening details

Open Monday to Sunday 09:00 to 18:00.


From £65 per person. See website for more detailed pricing.


LA23 1AH



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Map reference: SD 413986  Lat: 54.37990 Long: -2.90395

Please note we operate in various locations across Cumbria. For more information, please see the website.


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