Climbing Lake District: South Lakeland
Please remember that rock climbing in the Lake District can be a very dangerous sport and should not be undertaken without proper training and safety equipment. Before taking to the rocks for the first time, you should take an introductory climbing course for guidance on how to climb responsibly and ensure that you and others are safe.
From gentle scrambles to challenging rock climbs, climbing activities in the Lake District are wide, varied and suitable for any level of experience. Famous as the birthplace of modern rock climbing, the Lake District is the perfect place to begin your climbing career with easy-access roadside crags.
If you want to challenge yourself to the limit, South Lakeland rock faces have proved to be a forcing-ground of climbing standards for generations. Test your nerves and get a stunning perspective on the Lake District's famous landscapes!
While it cannot really be called climbing, scrambling can be an adventure for ambitious walkers and an exciting step onwards, adding thrills and interest to a big day out. You can also go caving and discover the area’s seldom-seen underground caverns.
If the weather is not being kind, the Lakeland Climbing Centre offers a wide range of indoor climbing and aerial activity sessions from 5 years to adults, for beginners, experts or anything inbetween. The Centre incorporates Kendal Wall, which boasts the tallest indoor climbing wall in the country, Kendal CrazyClimb and Europe’s first indoor Via Ferrata. The Centre offers a warm and welcoming environment and superb facilities including café with free wi-fi, shop and free car parking.
Ambleside Climbing Wall is a new venue at Ambleside where beginners of all ages can receive expert tuition and supervision and experienced climbers can get open access to a wall where route quality, training possibilities and the local community are all prioritised.
If you just want to try something a bit different, how about a high wire adventure at Go Ape at Grizedale? The newly opened Treetop Trek at Brockhole also provides an exciting challenge to swing, climb, balance and fly your way through the ancient woodland canopy and discover views previously reserved for the squirrels and bats!
Kendal Mountaineering Services offer a range of bespoke outdoor courses, activities and mountain skills training courses to the general public, to suit all levels of ability and ambition.
Explore all available activities on ropes by visiting GoLakes. Don't forget Kendal also plays host to the world's biggest Mountain Festival in the world, held every year in November. Perfect for any outdoor enthusiasts!