via ferrata

The ultimate Lakeland activity - climb up to Black Star Top and Fleetwith Pike via cables, ladders and iron rungs.


Instructor Ratio 1:8


Up to 4 hours

Price per group

2 People minimum: £120

3 or more: £60pp



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 Extreme 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! 

The price of this day is inclusive of:

  • A qualified & experienced instructor 

  • Local & intimate knowledge of the venues

  • All technical equipment 

  • Professional instruction, coaching & guidance 

  • A private trip - just you and your group



1:8 Ratio - 8 people on this session

Our instructors can safely take 8 people on the Via Ferrata 


Full safety brief & demonstration given  





No experience necessary

A head for heights and some average fitness will 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 


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. 


Please enquire

Subject to instructor availability we can run these sessions on any day between 1st March & 1st December

Open session where possible - we will book other people when appropriate to do so

Prices may vary for private sessions due to fees paid to Honister - please enquire as we will supply an instructor for you and your group

Session times:

Each session is booked with Honister on an ad hoc basis

Let us know a time - and we will enquire for that slot

Sessions are up to 4 hours long

Climbing on the Via Ferrata
Climbing on the Via Ferrata

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Crossing the bridge
Crossing the bridge

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Black Star Top
Black Star Top

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Climbing on the Via Ferrata
Climbing on the Via Ferrata

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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.