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Via Ferrata


via ferrata xtreme

The ultimate Lakeland activity - the Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine involves climbing up to Black Star Top and Fleetwith Pike via cables, ladders and iron rungs attached to the mountain.  Cross wire bridges and face the obstacles over the course in a journey to the top. 


1 or 2 people: £200

3 or more: £60pp

All under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian by law

Wire Bridge on the Via Ferrata Xtreme


Via Ferrata translate from Italian into English as 'The Iron Route'. 

This activity is adopted from WW1 - when troops and munitions were moved around the mountainside using ladders and cables. 

Today, Via Ferrata is a recreation and allows climbers and non climbers alike to explore these high mountain cliffs, whilst always being attached to a safety cable.

At Honister the idea is adapted to create a journey up Honister Crag, through the old slate mine, past the old workings and onto the summit. 

The Via Ferrata Xtreme scales Honister Crag via a series of steep ladders, wire bridges and cargo nets, so expect some walking, lots of climbing and a big challenge. 

The main event is the Burma Bridge, crossing high above the valley floor on a wire bridge - a test of balance as you head to the other side. 


This is a thoroughly rewarding session, high in the mountains and accompanied by dramatic scenery. ​


We will meet you at Honister Slate Mine, provide your kit for the course and head off to the start.

Here we will offer a full safety brief and demonstration.


The climbing is fun and the session tops out on the summit of Black Star to fantastic views down the Buttermere valley. ​

This is one of the best view points in the Lake District and a great way to round off the trip! 


1:8 Ratio

Our instructors can safely take 8 people on the Via Ferrata 


Full safety brief & demonstration given  


This is a private session.  Just you and your group up to a max of 8 people. 


No experience necessary

A head for heights and some average fitness will be beneficial.

Expect lots of climbing and some steep uphill walking throughout.

Please contact us to discuss any queries 


We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

Harness & Helmet provided &

specialist Via Ferrata lanyards provided 

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and have appropriate mountain footwear suited to the weather conditions on the day 


This session is based at Honister Slate Mine. 

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

You will be on the mountain for 3-4 hours

There is a cafe and amenities at Honister.

Dates on request


Please us the contact form or email us to enquire and we can organise a guided day based on your availability (and ours)


We can supply additional instructors for larger groups - 1:8 ratio for safety in this terrain 

Via Ferrata Lake District


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

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