Scrambling or mountaineering is an activity somewhere between walking and rock climbing.  Part of a mountain journey, you regularly employ a rope for safety, and you get to some amazing places. Join The Lakes Mountaineer to learn the skills to go scrambling independently or get guided up some of the scrambling classics of the Lake District.

Scrambling has three grades:
Grade 1: Think walking on steep rocks when you need your hands. You'll wear a helmet, maybe a harness and use a rope on certain sections.
Grade 2: You'll need you hands pretty much all the time, and we'll be roped up for most of the scramble.
Grade 3: As with grade 2, but you'll be on a rope the whole time. These routes include short sections of rock climbing.
  • Scramblers
  • Langdales
  • Pinnacle Ridge

Guided Scrambling

Grade 1 routes include Jack's Rake on Pavey Arc or Sharp Edge on Blencathra. Grade 3 is the top end, which might have very short sections of climbing as on Pinnacle Ridge on St Sunday's Crag. 

Suggested itineraries:
Near Keswick: Cam Crag and Intake Ridge (grade 2/3)
Near Glenridding: Pinnacle Ridge (grade 3)
Near Ambleside: Jack's Rake (gr1), Harrison Stickle (gr2)
Wastwater: Scrambles near the famous Napes Needle (grade 2/3) or on Pillar Rock.

Grade 1:  £170 for 1 person, plus £20 per person (max 6 people)
Grade 2 or 3: £210 total for 1 or 2 people

" Hi Ben, I just wanted to let you know that we really appreciated the 2 days we spent with you last month. We have talked about it many times since and drawn on our experience with you. We both felt you were very well prepared, pitched it right as to how hard to push us when we were out of our comfort zone, had a plan that took into account the poor weather and all in all gave us a great time. We will certainly be recommending you to friends and family and we wish you all the best for the coming months and beyond."
Two people after 2 days scrambling.

Learn Scrambling Skills

Learn the skills to look after yourself and your party, such as anchor selection or how to escape from a crag. You can learn effectively with up to 4 people. In a day you can learn the basics while experiencing a scramble and trying a few techniques, but 2 or 3 days would allow real progression towards independence.
1 day: £210/day for 2 people + £30/extra person
2 days: £200/day for 2 people + £25/extra person/day
3 days: £190/day for 2 people + £20/extra person/day
Maximum number of people varies dependent upon objectives.

OPEN COURSE: 2, 3, 4 April 2024 £110 per person for each day.. You can join us for 1, 2 or 3 days. 1 space left on each day
  • Grade 1 scramble
  • lowering a scrambler
  • how to spot a scrambler!

Family Scrambling Adventures

Mega-Mountains: Parent and child scrambling day. For the more adventurous, take on a harder scramble in the mountains. we'll be tackling grade 2 and 3 routes. Suggested age 11+.

 £190 total for 2 people.

Have a look at our other Family Adventures:

Mighty Mountains: abseiling, climbing and scrambling.
Mini-Mountains: Abseiling, climbing, treasure hunt (navigation!)