Canyoning

Canyoning is a fun, awesome adventure activity. It’s an exhilarating activity that must be experienced.

Experience the thrill and exhilaration of canyoning, it’s invigorating and fun, just the recipe to refresh the body and mind. You will explore waterfalls, rock pools and natural water slides (toboggan). Your journey will involve a mixture of techniques: abseiling, zip lines, jumping and sliding, scrambling and swimming. This is a fun, awesome and adrenaline producing activity/sport. Choose your adventure below.

I only use the very best equipment specifically designed for canyoning, which includes specialized footwear.

Had an amazing day canyoning for the first time. Couldn't recommend Mountain Rat Adventures enough.

Stevie

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Exploring canyoning in Ingleton Waterfalls

What Is Canyoning?

Canyoning is a mountaineering activity, which involves descending a watercourse. It is an activity that is becoming a very popular adventure sport in the UK. Canyons have a vast array of features, for example, vertical waterfalls, water flumes, steep-sided, enclosed/open sided, slots, slides and deep/shallow pools. Depending on the rainfall or natural watercourse they can be slow or fast flowing. Do not confuse it with gorge walking or ghyll scrambling.

Canyoning involves numerous skills and requires the use of specific equipment, both of which you will use to make your experience safe and enjoyable. You will pass over or under natural obstacles, utilising a number of methods: abseiling/rappelling, down climbing, sliding, jumping, swimming and walking.

Canyoning is a fun and fabulous adventure, which will create a memorable experience in a very unique environment. 

What I Offer

The canyoning adventure I offer is authentic canyoning, whilst ghyll scrambling is closely related it is not the same. I am qualified to international standards (ICOPRO) – which are by far the highest – and have based my practice upon their principals

Whilst ghyll scrambling or gorge walking is closely related it is not the same. Your canyon adventure will require the use of ropes, harnesses and abseiling or jumping. You will learn everything you need to know during your chosen trip, all whilst having a lot of fun.

Choose A Canyon Below For Your Adventure To Begin...

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Beginner

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Intermediate

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Advanced

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Longsleddale Canyon

A canyon for beginners and adaptable to suit all abilities. It has a mixture of steep, open and closed cascades, pools, zip lines slides and jumps. This canyon is brilliant for the beginner and has something to offer the more experienced.

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​Fisherplace Gill

A fantastic canyon that will hold your attention throughout, it’s full of abseils, jumps and slides. Totally exhilarating and thrilling, you won’t be left disappointed. This canyon is great for the more experienced but is not out of reach for the beginner.

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​Swarthbeck Gill

This hidden gem on the side of Ullswater will provide plenty of fun and excitement to keep you entertained.

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​Cautley Spout

Spectacular views in a vertical environment, lots of abseiling. This one is sure to raise your adrenaline levels.

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​​Ingleton Waterfalls

Ingleton Waterfalls is a fantastic venue for the beginner who takes everything in their stride or for the adventurer looking for something a little more extreme

Our grading system to help you choose...

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This canyon has limited steep sections, it is mostly open-sided allowing for sections to be missed or repeated. Most sections are easy to escape.
Ideal for beginners.

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This canyon has some steep waterfalls and some steep-sided sections. In certain sections, it is enclosed and escape can be challenging. Ideal for someone with prior knowledge of abseiling or canyoning, or ideally holds the ICOpro CAI.

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This canyon is very steep and in places it could be over-hanging. It is mostly enclosed making escape very challenging or impossible. Ideal for someone who has experience or holds the ICOpro CAI. It is very challenging.

This is only a guideline to help you choose your adventure. If you are unsure or want more information, please contact us for more information and advice.

Choose A Canyon Below For Your Adventure To Begin...

Abseiling the funnel in Longsleddale
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Longsleddale Canyon is a canyon for beginners and adaptable to suit all abilities. It has a mixture of steep, open and closed cascades, pools, zip lines slides and jumps. This canyon is brilliant for the beginner and has something to offer the more experienced.

Canyoning in Fisherplace Gill Thirlmere.
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Fisherplace Gill is a fantastic canyon that will hold your attention throughout, it’s full of abseils, jumps and slides. Totally exhilarating and thrilling, you won’t be left disappointed. This canyon is great for the more experienced but is not out of reach for the beginner.

Canyoning at Swarthbeck
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Swarthbeck Gill is a hidden gem on the side of Ullswater will provide plenty of fun and excitement to keep you entertained.

Huge abseil at Cautley spout canyon
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Cautley Spout exhibits spectacular views in a vertical environment with  lots of abseiling. This one is sure to raise your adrenaline levels.

Guided abseil down Snow Falls at Ingleton - canyoning abseil technique down Snow Falls at Ingleton Waterfalls
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Ingleton Waterfalls is a fantastic venue for the beginner who takes everything in their stride or for the adventurer looking for something a little more extreme

Our grading system to help you choose...

Canyon grading icon

This canyon has limited steep sections, it is mostly open-sided allowing for sections to be missed or repeated. Most sections are easy to escape. Ideal for beginners.

Canyon grading icon steep

This canyon has some steep waterfalls and some steep-sided sections. In certain sections, it is enclosed and escape can be challenging. Ideal for someone with prior knowledge of abseiling or canyoning, or ideally holds the ICOpro CAI.

Grading System Icon very steep

This canyon is very steep and in places it could be over-hanging. It is mostly enclosed making escape very challenging or impossible. Ideal for someone who has experience or holds the ICOpro CAI. It is very challenging.

This is only a guideline to help you choose your adventure. If you are unsure or want more information, please contact us for more information and advice.

Bespoke Adventure Experience


Your adventure does not need to be confined to the canyons listed; there are other canyons waiting to be explored.


Explore some of the most beautiful canyons in The Lake District, a Unesco World Heritage site.


If you cannot find the specific adventure you are looking for, or you know what you want to explore, but don’t have the confidence - then I can offer you a tailored experience.


Take your adventure off the beaten track and explore other canyons. 


Contact me to chat about the experience you would like.

There are other fantastic Canyons in the Lake District, and we can help you to discover them from a new angle. If you have enjoyed canyoning with me, or you have had your own experience and would like a challenge, why don’t you get off the beaten track and head somewhere different?


All Canyons are special places; some have numerous abseils down huge waterfalls, some have long-guided slides down some of the best rock in The Lake District and The Yorkshire Dales. Every canyon has its unique characteristics, so don’t just jump into deep water, an alternative adventure awaits you. View the Lakes from a new perspective.


If you have already completed one of my canyoning trips or have prior knowledge, then this might be a favourable option for you.


If you have no previous experience? Well, that is fine too. I can adapt an adventure to suit you; I don’t just guide, I teach. Check out my mission statement HERE, bring your adventure face and have fun.

Still on the fence with Canyoning or need help in choosing your next adventure?
Get in touch and I'll point you in the right direction...

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