Scramble up a watercourse, traverse around rock pools and climb up waterfalls. The aim of this unique adventure is to stay dry whilst scrambling up a mountain ghyll. This is quite the opposite of wet ghyll scrambling, where the aim is to get as wet as possible by being in the water.

This is an absolutely fantastic way to have an adventure in the mountains.

We had a fantastic afternoon at brotherswater ghyll scrambling. Lee took great care of us and made us all feel safe. Would definitely do it again. We will be back for more fun and adventure. Thanks so much for taking good care of us all.



Scrambling - scrambling a ghyll while keeping dry


You can summit a mountain peak or just have the adventure of scrambling a mountain ghyll. Not every ghyll runs with water all the time, so sometimes you are scrambling up a dry ghyll.

This is a great experience for someone wanting to find adventure and who likes being around waterfalls. There is always that risk of slipping a foot into the water or completely falling in, especially when the mountain ghyll you are traversing is flowing with lots of water. None-the-less this adds to the excitement and skills of this adventurous activity.

Details of your Adventure


Picture this, you are using your hands and feet scrambling over rocks interlaced with a mountain ghyll (stream). You look up to see a large waterfall pouring over an edge, as you scramble closer the sound of the water becomes louder and louder. Then a large pool of water stands between you and the waterfall, you must climb up to continue onwards. Now you realise you are going to traverse around the pool just centimetres or even a metre above the water’s edge. Will you slip? Are you brave? Will you do it without getting a foot wet? Finally, you have traversed around the pool. Now you have to climb next to the waterfall that has been filling your ears with the roaring water. 

Will your pulse raise a beat? I’m sure it will. Now that’s just a section – several falls to go. Would you like to experience this adventure?

Adventure overview

Duration | 5 Hours

Fitness | Reasonable Fitness

Experience Level | None

Group Size | 1 - 3

Age Limit | Depends on ability

Cost | £65 pp

What equipment will I use?

Equipment I supply...

  • Helmet
  • Harness and technical equipment
  • Rope
  • All relevant equipment where appropriate is PPE checked and recorded
What should I bring?

  • Your sense of adventure
  • Sturdy Boots
  • Waterproofs
  • Spare socks
  • Medication (*if required*)
  • Hat and gloves (especially on colder days)
  • Packed lunch
  • Dressed appropriately for a mountain day

Ready to book a scrambling adventure with Mountain Rat Adventures or want further information? If so, please click below to make a booking enquiry.

If scrambling isn't your thing or you're looking for something else to do after scrambling with Mountain Rat Adventures, then why not go climbing or take in a beautiful hill walk...


The Lake District has many famous climbs and is home to fantastic climbing which rivals that of any other area. Without a doubt, it has something exciting for everyone, from the complete novice to intermediate and the experienced climber. Are you looking to have a safe, fantastic time climbing? Then look no further!


With fell walking being one of the most popular activities in the Lake District, would you like to tackle the most popular mountains? Ascend Helvellyn, Scafell Pike, Blencathra, or walk along ridges such as Striding Edge or Sharp Edge. Maybe you want to find the quiet spots, or explore lowland valleys, even explore for waterfalls.

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