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The Esk Gorge - Canyoning


This is a full day canyoning adventure based in Eskdale.  

We will be using the picturesque Esk Gorge; a mountain ghyll that cascades from the Scafell massif. 

We will meet you on location at the base of the Hardknott Pass and provide you with all the equipment needed for a full day gorge scrambling experience.

We will provide you with the following for a comfortable and enjoyable day:

  1. High quality full length 3mm wetsuit 
  2. Extra 2mm wetsuit jacket 
  3. Spray cagoule 
  4. Neoprene socks 
  5. Helmet 
  6. Harness 
  7. Technical canyoning equipment 
  8. Hardware & ropes
  9. Group kit & emergency equipment

We advise you to bring a rucksack/bag (30-35 litres) to carry all of your equipment into the valley as we will walk for 45-50 minutes to get to the entrance point.

We will give a full and comprehensive safety briefing & demonstrations.

The instructor will take you through the canyon adhering to ICOPro canyoning techniques, These are internationally recognised standards for canyoning. 

This is a fully aquatic journey as we ascend the gorge. 

If you are looking for an adrenaline filled adventure then this is for you. This trip offers some of the biggest jumps in the Lake District; we have up to 8 jumps at this venue, up to 14 metres in height. 

We are jumping into huge plunge pools with crystal clear water, scrambling up the watercourse and over waterfalls. We will fix ropes to aid your progression as we ascend the canyon. 

There will be some short swimming sections but buoyancy aids are provided for this trip. 

For smaller groups, for the finale, there is an option to be heading into Lingcove Beck, a short walk over from the Esk Gorge. 

We will enter Lingcove Beck and we will descend the watercourse, back to our original starting point.

This will be via an abseil. You will lower yourself into the pool below, adjacent to a huge waterfall. 

The price of this day is inclusive of:

  1. A qualified & experienced mountaineering instructor 
  2. Trained to ICOPro level 3 standard (International Canyoning Organisation for Professionals)
  3. Local & intimate knowledge of the venues
  4. All technical equipment 
  5. Professional instruction, coaching & guidance

What to bring

You will need to each bring a rucksack.

This rucksack needs to have all of your personal belongings inside - everything you need for the day.

  1. Full change of clothes
  2. Towel/changing robe
  3. Snacks & drink (hot drinks are nice for afterwards)

We will give you a wetsuit, helmet and buoyancy aid to carry too - so a bigger bag is better.

Please bring and wear:

Base layer/rash vest/t-shirt (no cotton)

Swim wear/costume

This all goes underneath the wetsuit

Long shorts/board shorts (to protect the wetsuit)

Thin Fleece Layer

These go over the wetsuit

Sturdy trainers/walking boots

Socks to keep your feet warmer

Equipment provided:


Spray Cag


Buoyancy Aid


A big sense of adventure and a thrill for jumping of some big cliffs

Expect to get wet and be out for up to 6 hours!


We will send a full itinerary on booking - please look out for our email.

Group discount available

£90 for adults

Mon, 11th Jul
09:00 - 14:00 · 8 spaces left
Tue, 12th Jul
09:00 - 14:00 · 8 spaces left
Wed, 13th Jul
09:00 - 14:00 · 8 spaces left


Cancellation Policy


In the unlikely event we have to cancel, we will offer a full refund if an alternate date can't be offered.

We can also issue vouchers to be used on other events or sessions with us. 

If cancellation occurs within 30 days of the course or activity, we will retain 50% of the full price (your deposit).

If cancellation is within 14 days of the activity we will retain the full amount.

Winter course conditions: It may be necessary to change the outline of the courses to offer general mountaineering/mountain skills programmes with part refunds.


In the current COVID climate, here is our COVID stance and policy. 

Any booking that cannot go ahead due to Covid restrictions or national lockdowns will be given a full refund. 

In light of the successful vaccine roll out and easing of restrictions in England, we are not offering COVID refunds at this time. 

We take our health very seriously here at LDM, our instructors will wear face masks in close contact scenarios and we will regularly use hand sanitiser. Our instructors are double vaccinated and COVID aware, following all up to date information.

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Where we'll meet

Cattlegrid parking location - layby at the bottom of Hard Knott Pass. We will bring all of the equipment to this location and walk into the valley from here. Changing is outside

Lake District Mountaineering
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