2022 prices held for 2024 for family adventures

Join The Lakes Mountaineer for:
Guided Mountain walks
Navigation courses in Cumbria
Family Adventures on Rock
Beginners' Climbing to Advanced  Climbing Courses

Official courses from:
National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS)

  • instruction
  • summer climbing
  • racking gear
  • top roping


The Lakes Mountaineer offers coaching, instruction and guiding. We have a range of 1-day courses from taster sessions for complete beginners through to self-rescue techniques for the advanced climber, and multi-day climbing courses to build you into a competent second or lead climber.

  • Helvellyn in winter
  • Catstyecam


Tackling the Wainwrights, climbing England's highest mountain, taking on a challenge or finding solitude in the hills; the reasons for mountain walking are many and various. With The Lakes Mountaineer, you'll be guided on whatever route suits you (and the weather!). Winter skills courses, family walks or summer outings - in the mountains there is always something to do.

Or join an official Mountain Training course:
2 day courses for Hill Skills or Mountain Skills

  • abseiling on Scout Crag
  • family adventure
  • grade 1 scramble
  • Mighty Mountains


Mini-Mountains: Abseiling. climbing and a treasure hunt (navigation!). Best for families with kids aged 7 and over.

Mighty Mountains: Rock climbing, abseiling and scrambling - best for families with older kids (10+).

Mega-Mountains: Parent and child scrambling day: an all-day scramble in the mountains - 2 people only per instructor.

  • scrambling day
  • group scrambling day
  • St Sunday Crag


Somewhere between walking and rock climbing lies mountaineering, or scrambling. From grade 1 routes like Jack's Rake in the Langdales through to grade 3 Pinnacle Ridge on St Sunday Crag, the routes are part of a journey through the mountains. Join The Lakes Mountaineer and be guided up the routes or come and learn the skills to become independent.


Running throughout the year, we can offer courses for any age or ability. Whether total beginner or someone wanting more advanced navigation in the mountains, join a scheduled National Navigation Award Scheme course or a bespoke day.

About The Lakes Mountaineer

I'm Ben, a qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and Winter Mountain Leader. I deliver all the courses, experiences and adventures. I have over 25 years of experience of leading and instructing in the mountains.

One of the best things about the mountains is that they treat everyone the same. Similarly, I welcome everyone and anyone to enjoy days out with me in the mountains, whatever your background, level of challenge, knowledge or ability.

If you want a climbing course, a navigation course, a family adventure or just want to go rock climbing,
The Lakes Mountaineer is happy to help.

We have a climbing course for you whatever your level, from beginner just trying rock climbing, a learn to lead sport climbing course, and trad lead courses, both single-pitch and multi-pitch. Family adventure takes in rock climbing, abseiling, scrambling and more - there is something for all ages. The mix of activities is up to you.

There is also scrambling: somewhere between mountain walking and rock climbing, this is more of a journey through the mountains.

And don't forget the guiding service - for mountain walks, Wainwright walks, rock climbing and scrambling.

Have a look on the site to find out more about a climbing course to suit you, a family adventure, or just to look at pictures of rock climbing!

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