the esk gorge

Difficulty 4/5

The Esk has some big water and some big jumps.  A proper mountain ghyll offering lots of challenge 

Ages 14+

Instructor Ratio 1:8

Full Day Adventure

2 people: £85pp

3-6 people: £75pp

7-8 people: £70pp


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:

  • High quality full length 3mm wetsuit 

  • Extra 2mm wetsuit jacket 

  • Spray cagoule 

  • Neoprene socks 

  • Helmet 

  • Harness 

  • Technical canyoning equipment 

  • Hardware & ropes

  • 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 the finale, we will 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:

  • A qualified & experienced mountaineering instructor  

  • Trained to ICOPro level 3 standard (International Canyoning Organisation for Professionals)

  • Local & intimate knowledge of the venues

  • All technical equipment 

  • Professional instruction, coaching & guidance

  • Small ratios and focussed guiding

  • Free Photos


1:8 Ratio - Up to 8 people on this session

This session is up to 5/6 hours long


Meeting at 9:00am and running until 3:00pm roughly.

This is a full day adventure


1 session per day 


Full safety brief given



No experience necessary

The ghyll has lots of fun challenges but the open nature of the gorge means everything is optional.

Ideally you want to undertake big jumps and have a sense of adventure

This is an aquatic ghyll so the will to get wet is necessary


We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

We provide wetsuits, spray cags, socks, helmets and buoyancy aids

You will need to bring sturdy footwear, such as walking boots. 

A change of clothes and a towel - please bring a rucksack or bag to carry this into the valley (45 min walk)


This session is based in Eskdale (we will share our meeting location with you)

We will meet you on location with everything you need for your session

May - September, with extremities of the season having colder water temperatures.

You will be on session for 4-6 hours depending on group sizes 

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We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals. 

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