pillar rock

This is proper mountaineering in a dramatic location. High in the mountains and in dramatic scenery, climb the 'Inaccessible Pinnacle' of the Lake District. 

Instructor Ratio 1:2

Private Day

1 person: £185

2 people: £105pp

Enquire for additional instructors, adhering to our ratios



The Inaccessible Pinnacle of the Lake District.


The only Lake District summit that requires mountaineering skills.

This is proper mountaineering.


Pillar Rock itself sits on the flanks of Pillar, an imposing 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 Looking Stead.  From here we will join the High Level Route to Pillar.

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

The High Level Route is a highly sought after day in the mountains and is a great day in itself.  The access to Pillar in this way is a great mountain day. 


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.

This is complex terrain in misty or rainy conditions. 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

  • Small ratios and focussed guiding

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.


We can accommodate a party larger than 2 but this will require multiple instructors for the climbing section - 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 

You will need to abseil/lower from the top


All technical equipment is provided. 

Harness & Helmet provided

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing (warm and waterproof where possible) and suitable mountain footwear (boots)

A good rucksack to carry everything you need for the day is advisable


We will meet at Wasdale Head and walk in from this location. 

The walk in to Pillar Rock 2hr 30min approx

This day is long - Pillar Rock is high above the Ennerdale Valley and one of the most remote crags in the Lakes.

We hope to summit Pillar mountain too on the journey. 

Please use the book now button to make an enquiry for a guided day and check our availability to book a day with LDM

This day is bespoke and can run on any date - subject to instructor availability 

Please enquire for additional instructors - 1:2 ratio for safety in this terrain 

We may be able run at 1:3 in some scenarios

For further information and enquiries, please use the contact form 

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

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