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Ghyll Scrambling in the Lake District

Posted by Gav Grayston.
First Published Jun 2015; updated May 2023.

We had a great time giving Ghyll Scrambling a go in the Lake District. This was a family-friendly scramble. Read this to find out more.

When we recently visited the Lake District, we took the opportunity to do some Ghyll Scrambling.

What are Ghylls?

Ghylls are the rocky crags you can find on the side of the fells and are usually filled with water.

Ghyll scrambling is very similar to Gorge Walking...but instead, you are climbing up a Ghyll.

Family Friendly Ghyll Scrambling

We went Ghyll Scrambling with Distant Horizons, who can provide family-friendly sessions suitable for smaller people.

Check out our video below.

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All the gear was provided for us; they even picked us up from our campsite and took us to the location.

This was an excellent family activity.

Our instructor was very good and extremely good with the kids, even giving the youngest a carry when he got a little tired.

We wore helmets (of course), heavy-duty waterproofs, welly boots, and a harness.

There wasn't much climbing with the harness involved, but we did rope up once for safety when climbing a steep waterfall.

If the water is really cold, or there is a lot of it, wetsuits are also provided.

The activity took us nearly two hours.

Although we weren't climbing the highest of fells, the views were quite something when we reached the source of the water at the top. There was a sense of achievement and big smiles all around.

A quick way down

Going down was a lot quicker than going up!

With the gentle slope of the grassy fell we were on, 'bum sliding' was the quickest way to get down!

This was a really good activity; if you are in the Lake District, we recommend giving it a go.