Kit Lists & Directions

Below is a list of what you'll need to bring for each activity and where to meet. If you have any questions we are more than happy to chat to you via phone or email. Please just drop us a line. Please note booking is essential for all our activities.

Click on the activity you have chosen for a kit list and directions:

 

Ghyll Scrambling - Church Beck

We provide the best kit and equipment. Our winter thickness wetsuits and snug neoprene socks are always clean, dry and fitted correctly, enabling you to have a fantastic experience whatever the weather. Provide us with your sizes so we can bring an appropriate selection for you to choose from.

What to bring

  • A pair of sturdy trainers or walking boots to go into the ghyll with. These need to be able to lace up tight so that they stay on in the moving water. Please note crocs, lightweight water shoes or sandals are not appropriate.

  • Swimming costume or shorts for under the wetsuit.

  • ESSENTIAL - Shorts to go over the wetsuit (to protect the seat of the suit)

  • Snacks and drink for afterwards if you wish

  • Towel.

  • Medication.

  • Parking money.

 

Where to meet:

At the Coniston Old Station car park – postcode LA21 8HU.

At the crossroads between the petrol station and chip shop, take the road up the hill. Follow the road around to the left (do not continue up the very steep hill), the car park is on the right opposite Station Yard.

Other useful info:

Church Beck is a 10 minute walk from the car park. If you have non participants they cannot spectate for the majority of this ghyll.

There are plenty of pubs and cafes nearby. The closest toilet is next to the petrol station in the village. 

 

Booking is essential.
 

 

 

Ghyll Scrambling - Stickle Ghyll

We provide the best kit and equipment. Our winter thickness wetsuits and snug neoprene socks are always clean, dry and fitted correctly, enabling you to have a fantastic experience whatever the weather. Provide us with your sizes so we can bring an appropriate selection for you to choose from.

What to bring

  • A pair of sturdy trainers or walking boots to go into the ghyll with. These need to be able to lace up tight so that they stay on in the moving water. Please note crocs, lightweight water shoes or sandals are not appropriate.

  • Swimming costume or shorts for under the wetsuit.

  • ESSENTIAL - Shorts to go over the wetsuit (to protect the seat of the suit)

  • Snacks and drink for afterwards if you wish

  • Towel.

  • Medication.

  • Parking money.

 

Where to meet:

The meeting place is at the Stickle Ghyll National Trust car park - Closest postcode is LA22 9JX (bring some parking money) .

Follow the B5343 up the Langdale valley, 2 miles after Chapel Stile village, you will find the car park on the right, just after the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. If you go past the entrance to the national trust campsite on your left you've gone too far. Please be aware there is also an Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel at the very top of the valley!

Other useful info:

Stickle Ghyll is a 5 minute walk from the car park. If you have non participants they can spectate for the majority of this ghyll.

There is a pub next to the car park. The closest toilet is in the car park.

 

Booking is essential.
 

 

 

Ghyll Scrambling - Netherbeck

We provide the best kit and equipment. Our winter thickness wetsuits and snug neoprene socks are always clean, dry and fitted correctly, enabling you to have a fantastic experience whatever the weather. Provide us with your sizes so we can bring an appropriate selection for you to choose from.

What to bring

  • A pair of sturdy trainers or walking boots to go into the ghyll with. These need to be able to lace up tight so that they stay on in the moving water. Please note crocs, lightweight water shoes or sandals are not appropriate.

  • Swimming costume or shorts for under the wetsuit.

  • ESSENTIAL - Shorts to go over the wetsuit (to protect the seat of the suit)

  • Snacks and drink for afterwards if you wish.

  • Towel.

  • Medication.

  • Parking money.

 

Where to meet:

The meeting place is at the Stickle Ghyll National Trust car park - Closest postcode is LA22 9JX (bring some parking money) .

Follow the B5343 up the Langdale valley, 2 miles after Chapel Stile village, you will find the car park on the right, just after the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. If you go past the entrance to the national trust campsite on your left you've gone too far. Please be aware there is also an Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel at the very top of the valley!

Other useful info:

Netherbeck is a 5 minute walk from the car parking. If you have non participants they cannot spectate for the majority of this ghyll.

The nearest pub and little shop is in Wasdale head - 15 mins drive from the parking. The closest toilet is brackenclose car park - 10 mins drive past the parking area.

 

Booking is essential.
 

 

 

Ghyll Scrambling - Esk Gorge

We provide the best kit and equipment. Our winter thickness wetsuits and snug neoprene socks are always clean, dry and fitted correctly, enabling you to have a fantastic experience whatever the weather. Provide us with your sizes so we can bring an appropriate selection for you to choose from.

What to bring

For the walk in (45 mins) : 

  • A pair of walking boots or sturdy trainers.

  • Shorts to go over the wetsuit (to protect the seat of the suit)

  • Waterproof clothing

  • Warm Layers

  • Lunch and water

  • Medication

  • A large 60/80 ltr rucksack to carry your wetsuit etc in. - We can provide these if you don't have one.

 

To go into the Ghyll with:

 

  • A pair of sturdy trainers or walking boots to go into the ghyll with. These need to be able to lace up tight so that they stay on in the moving water. Please note crocs, lightweight water shoes or sandals are not appropriate.

  • Swimming costume or shorts for under the wetsuit.

  • Towel to change.

 

Where to meet:

Please allow extra time to get to this venue as Sat nav timings are often not correct due to the nature of the roads being fairly small, narrow and windy, especially if you are coming over Wrynose and Hardknott passes.

 

Esk Gorge - Grid reference 213 011

The parking for this near the old red phone box close to Jubilee Bridge at the bottom of Hardknott Pass.

The nearest postcode to here is CA19 1TH but this is for all the houses in that part of the valley so use the directions. 

 

If you are coming from the West - Eskdale/Boot direction - follow the postcode until you reach Wha House B&B entrance. Continue past here, go over a bridge and continue on for ½ a mile. You’ll see a large grassy layby and directly after this an old red phone box. Park on the grassy verge. If you go over a cattle grid and start going up a very steep hill (Hardknott pass) you’ve missed it.


 

If you are coming from the East - Ambleside direction - take the A593 West out of Ambleside and head towards Little Langdale, continue onto Wrynose pass then Hardknott pass. You’ll pass the parking for Hardknott Fort (ruins) which you will be able to see as you make your way down the hill. The last very steep downhill section will bring you to a wooded area, pass through here and over a cattle grid. You’ll then see an old red phone box on your right and shortly after this a large grassy verge to park on your left. You can use the postcode above but it is just a guide and is for all the houses in that area. WARNING  - THIS ROAD CONSISTS OF 2 STEEP AND NARROW MOUNTAIN PASSES. If you are not confident driving on very narrow, steep roads then avoid Wrynose and Hardknott pass and go round via a main road in the West and then come in from Eskdale/Boot.

 

Other useful info:

The Gorge is approximately a 45 minute walk from the car parking. You will carry everything you need for the session in a rucksack.

 

We do not recommend non participants accompany group members. There are limited observation points and parts of the bank and surrounding area is a protected environmental site (SSSI). 

 

The nearest pub is 5 minutes drive away from the parking. The closest toilet and shop is in Eskdale Green -15 minutes drive away.

 

Booking is essential.

 

Link to parking area on google map

 

 

Rock Climbing - Langdale

We provide all the safety kit and equipment. 

What to bring

  • Clothes for the weather including waterproofs and warm layers as the weather can change very quickly in the mountains. (This crag is high up so if its windy you'll need a windproof or warm jacket)

  • A pair of sturdy trainers or walking boots to walk and climb in. These need to be able to lace up tight so that they stay on. 

  • Rucksack.

  • Snacks and drink if you wish

  • Medication.

  • Parking money.

 

Where to meet:

The meeting place is at the Stickle Ghyll National Trust car park - Closest postcode is LA22 9JX (bring some parking money) .

Follow the B5343 up the Langdale valley, 2 miles after Chapel Stile village, you will find the car park on the right, just after the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. If you go past the entrance to the national trust campsite on your left you've gone too far. Please be aware there is also an Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel at the very top of the valley!

Other useful info:

The climbing is 10 minute walk from the car park.

There is a pub next to the car park. The closest toilet is in the car park.

 

Booking is essential.

 

 

Bushcraft - Grizebeck

We provide any specialist equipment. 

What to bring

  • A pair of sturdy trainers, walking boots or wellies. The walk up to the woodland is very muddy during winter and wet weather.

  • Clothes for the weather including waterproofs and lots of warm layers as the weather can change very quickly in the mountains. Please note clothes will get smokey when fire lighting.

  • Snacks and drink if you wish. Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and some snacks to cook on the fire are provided. If you are doing a full day course Lunch is provided too.

  • Medication

 

Where to meet:

The meeting place is Ashlack Estate. Postcode is LA17 7XN. 

We are just off the A5092 about a mile from Grizebeck.

 

Coming from the East along the A5092: At the bottom of Grizebeck hill, turn right signed Woodland. Turn IMMEDIATELY right again and follow the long driveway for about a mile to the top. You'll pass a sign on the drive 'Ashlack' 

If you pass the garage at the bottom of Grizebeck hill you've missed us!

At the top park at the first left opposite the bins. 

 

Coming from the West along the A5092:

Pass the Garage and turning for Grizebeck and Barrow in Furness on your right. Immediately after this turn left then IMMEDIATELY right again and follow the long driveway for about a mile to the top. You'll pass a sign on the drive 'Ashlack' 

If you start going up the steep Grizebeck hill you've missed us!

At the top park at the first left opposite the bins. 

Other useful info:

The Bushcraft site is situated a 10 minute walk from the car parking up to an elevated woodland. 

There is a pub in the village of Grizebeck and a small petrol station. The closest toilet is a composting toilet in the woodland.

 

Booking is essential.
 

 
 

 

Canoeing - Coniston Water

We provide all the safety kit and equipment. 

What to bring

  •  A pair of trainers, boots or wellies you don’t mind getting wet.

  •  Clothes for the weather (inc. waterproofs and warm layers as the weather can change very quickly in the mountains)

  •  Snacks and drink.

  •  Towel and full change of clothes… Canoeing is a dry activity but bring just in case!

  •  Medication.

  •  Parking money.

 

Where to meet:

Please use both the directions below and postcode together. The postcode also takes you to the opposite side of the Lake depending on where you are coming from!

The meeting place is Brown Howe car park, at the south end of Coniston Water on the west shore. The closest postcode is : LA12 8DW – just south of the car park.

 

If you’re coming from Coniston direction: Follow the A593 to Torver Village. Turn left onto the A5084. After 2 miles you will cross a cattle grid by the lake. Just after this is the Car Park on your left. The car park is signed Brown Howe.

If travelling from the south or west: turn off the A5092 at Lowick Green, onto the A5084 and keep heading straight down towards the West side of the Lake. The car park is in 4 miles on your right. You will see the Lake on your right before you get to the car park

Other useful info:

Coniston is a 15 minute drive from the car park. The nearest shops are in Coniston. The nearest pubs are 10 minutes drive away in torver. There is a toilet in the car park. 

 

Booking is essential.
 

 

Abseiling - Cathedral Quarry

We provide all the safety kit and equipment. 

What to bring

  • Clothes for the weather including waterproofs and lots of warm layers as the weather can change very quickly in the mountains. (You will be out away from the car so need to have spare layers and waterproof with you.)

  • A pair of sturdy trainers or walking boots to walk in. These need to be able to lace up tight. 

  • Rucksack.

  • Snacks and drink (recommended as you'll be out for a few hours)

  • Medication.

 

Where to meet:

The meeting place for Cathedral Quarry is a place called Hodge Close (postcode LA21 8DJ) which is about 5-10 minutes’ drive north of Coniston village.

 

From Ambleside - Take the A593 to Coniston and follow this for 5miles. Turn right 500m after Yew Tree Farm B&B (signed Hodge Close Only).

From Coniston Village – Take the A593 north. After 1.5miles turn left on a narrow road (singed Hodge Close Only). 

Follow this road for another 1.5miles until you get to the gravel parking area (lined with large boulders) on the left on the road. Opposite you will find a large quarry filled with water. The postcode will take you to some houses at the end of the road past the parking - so don't go all the way!

 

The road up to the quarry parking is narrow, but completely fine to drive.

Other useful info:

The quarry is approximately a 25 minute walk from the car park. You will be carrying personal kit plus some of the safety equipment. 

 

There are no facilities at the car park or quarry so bring everything you need with you. The nearest shops and pubs are in Coniston about 10 minutes drive away. The nearest toilet is at the garage or tourist office in Coniston.

There is limited/no phone signal at the car park or quarry.

 

Booking is essential.

 

Keepers Cottage, 

Ashlack 

Grizebeck

Kirkby in Furness

LA17 7XN