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Guided Pillar Rock Day


The Inaccessible Pinnacle of the Lake District.

The only Lake District summit that requires rock climbing skills.

This is proper mountaineering.

Pillar Rock itself sits on the flanks of Pillar, an imposing and serious place looming high above the Ennerdale valley - one of the most remote areas of the Lake District. ​This summit alludes many hill walkers and is the crown jewel for those completing the Nuttall's and Birkett's.

Pillar Rock and High Man itself stand proud and imposing on the mountainside.

On the day we will:

Meet at Wasdale Head, the heart of the big mountains. 

We will walk up the Black Sail Pass and over to Looking Stead. From here we will join the High Level Route to Pillar.

The walk in to Pillar Rock is around 2hr 30 mins

On arrival at Robinson's Cairn, we will gain the Shamrock Traverse and scramble up behind Pisgah to the start of our route of choice - Slab and Notch.

This climb is graded Moderate and is exposed.

We will split the climb into sections known as pitches. This makes the route manageable as we climb upwards onto the summit of High Man.

For descent, it is required to abseil off into Jordan Gap.

We will manage the ropes and control your descent as we lower you down and into the gully below.

After we have climbed on Pillar Rock, we will make our way up and onto the summit of Pillar mountain - an impressive Wainwright fell with far reaching views across the north and west side of the National Park.

We will then begin our descent. 

This route is about 14km and the day can last up to 9 hours so expect a big day in the hills. In misty or rainy conditions we advise caution. The terrain is complex and the rock climbing difficulty increases dramatically in the wet.

Get in touch to plan your adventure onto Pillar Rock.

We also offer guided climbing days on this crag at the prices advertised on this page.

If you would like to climb New West Climb - please enquire

This climb is graded Very Difficult and was first climbed in 1901!

The price of this day is inclusive of:

  1. A qualified Mountaineering Instructor affiliated with AMI
  2. Local & intimate knowledge of the venues
  3. Technical equipment 
  4. Professional coaching & instruction
  5. A private day for you and your party

What to bring

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Trousers

Fleece Layer

Spare Warm Top

Hat & Gloves

Boots/Approach Shoes 

Your boots need to be sturdy and supportive - we recommend a mid boot or approach shoe for scrambling as some climbing will be involved

Take a look at:

Scarpa Mescalito

La Sportiva TX4

30-40L Rucksack

Lunch & Snacks

1 litre water

Personal Medication


Equipment provided:



Technical equipment



No experience necessary but a good level fitness is needed for this day. Expect to be in the mountains for up to 9 hours, covering technical terrain and carrying a rucksack.


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

Group discount available

£185 for adults

Mon, 11th Jul
09:00 - 17:00 · 4 spaces left
Tue, 12th Jul
09:00 - 17:00 · 4 spaces left
Wed, 13th Jul
09:00 - 17:00 · 4 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

Meet at Wasdale Head car park - on the green space in from of the Wasdale Head Inn. From here we will walk up towards Pillar and the Black Sail Pass. We will send a full itinerary detailing all meeting locations for the day

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