pillar rock

This is proper mountaineering in a dramatic location - tick off a summit only mountaineers can get too.

Instructor Ratio 1:2

Price per day

1 person: £180

2 people: £200 (£100pp)



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:


Walk from Gatesgarth over Scarth Gap pass and into Ennerdale.

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 into gully below.


This route is about 14km and the day will last up to 10 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:

  • A qualified Mountaineering Instructor affiliated with AMI

  • Local & intimate knowledge of the venues

  • Technical equipment 

  • Professional coaching & instruction

Read more about AMI here: About AMI



1:2 Ratio - 2 people per 1 instructor

Safety is paramount so no more than 2 people per 1 instructor in technical terrain.


A party larger than 2 will require multiple instructors - we can supply instructors adhering to our ratios - please enquire.  


No experience necessary


We can show you how to wear a harness, tie in to the rope and guide you on the scramble.

The terrain is exposed but not too difficult - expect easy climbing moves and come with a head for heights 


All technical equipment is provided. 

We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

Harness & Helmet provided

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and suitable mountain footwear (boots)



We will meet at Gatesgarth Farm and walk in from this location. 

The walk in to Pllar Rock 2hr 30min approx

This day is long - Pillar Rock is high above the Ennerdale Valley.


This is a private and bespoke service. 


Contact us for private and bespoke sessions - we can run this service on any date (subject to availability of instructors)


 We are happy to discuss your ideas and tailor a programme for you

Abseil into Jordan Gap
Abseil into Jordan Gap

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Pillar rock and Ennerdale valley, lake District, Cumbria
Pillar rock and Ennerdale valley, lake District, Cumbria

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Pillar Rock - Slab & Notch Climb
Pillar Rock - Slab & Notch Climb

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Abseil into Jordan Gap
Abseil into Jordan Gap

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cancellation policy

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.