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Climbing & Scrambling in the Lake District

Picture this. You've reached the belay. Above you, another hundred metres of perfect rock. Below, past the immaculate pitch you've just climbed spreads a glorious green Lake District valley dotted with dark crags, rushing streams and the occasional grazing sheep.

The peaceful sounds of a Cumbrian mountain summer rise in the air. In the distance, the silvery sheen of the sea. Tie on, sit back.

Maybe you're a mid-grade crag rat? Tick the classics on Dow Crag, Gimmer or Esk Buttress. Or perhaps you're pushing the upper grades? Lakeland rock has proved a forcing-ground of climbing standards for each generation and steep, modern test-pieces abound.

Not quite a crag rat yet? Many see scrambling as adventure in its purest form - an interesting activity that's not really climbing yet involves the use of hands on rock. For ambitious walkers, scrambling can prove an exciting step onwards adding spice and interest to a big Lake District climbing adventure day out.

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Climbing Activities

From gentle scrambles to challenging rock climbs, climbing activities on offer in the Lake District and Cumbria are wide and varied, suitable for any level of experience.

Famous as the birthplace of modern rock climbing, the Lake District is the perfect place to begin your climbing career. But before you head out on your adventure, remember to read our safety information!
Here are some of our climbing providers, take a look and see what they can do for you...
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