Guiding in the Lake District

If you have a big school group and you’re looking for a half day rock climbing taster session, then we’re not the people for you. But if this you...

  • you want to undertake some of the classic Lakeland climbs but don’t have the skills or confidence to tackle them on your own
  • you’ve climbed lots indoors and want to progress to climbing outside
  • you’ve been climbing with friends and want to learn to lead
  • you’re almost ready for an assessment – Mountain Leader, Single Pitch Award, Climbing Wall Award, Lowland Leader, Mountain Instructor Award – but would like to boost your confidence with a refresher day

...then you’re in the right place. We specialise in providing bespoke guiding and coaching for individuals and small groups, because that’s where we can guarantee amazing results for our clients. Our small ratios ensure that everything is tailored to your needs, and our aim is to exceed expectations every time we’re out in the mountains.

ROCK CLIMBING ON shepherd's crag, borrowdale, LAKE DISTRICT

ROCK CLIMBING ON shepherd's crag, borrowdale, LAKE DISTRICT

We are licensed by the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority to provide climbing and mountaineering activities to under-18s not accompanied by their parents (licence number R0358).

The lovely English Lake District is the perfect place for adventures, with hundreds of beautiful locations to choose from. We also work in other areas of the UK, eg the Peak District, north Wales, Yorkshire. If you have an idea and don’t see it listed below, don’t be limited - please talk to us! 

Skills Workshops

Check out the Skills Workshops page for details of our programme of workshops, including scrambling, navigation, coaching movement in the mountains, rope tricks, and short roping, all around £50pp. 

Pre-Assessment Refresher Days

Max ratio 1:6
If you’re coming up to an assessment for a rock climbing or mountaineering award, a refresher day can be the perfect way to brush up on your skills and boost your confidence. You tell us what you want to cover and we build the day around your agenda.
Useful blog posts:
Gimmer Crag, 21st April 2015
Dow Crag, 22nd April 2015

Reassessment Days

Max ratio 1:4
A reassessment can be a daunting experience, so we provide a relaxed environment where you can relax and give your best performance.

Rock Climbing

Whatever your experience and level of ability, we can choose climbs to challenge and stretch you. We will take you to a mountain crag offering long adventurous routes (max 1:3), or to a smaller friendlier venue (max 1:10), depending on your aims, ambitions and group size. 
Useful blog posts:
Rock Climbing at Wallowbarrow Crag, 13th April 2015
Clients Who Inspire
Tales of Transformation #1: Tony Robinson

Learning to Lead

Max ratio 1:4
If you’ve done a bit of climbing as a second, and want to know how to look after yourself and your climbing partner, this is for you. We look at belaying, selecting & building anchors, abseil retreats, and what to do if it all goes wrong.
Useful blog posts:
Learning to Lead in the Lake District, 9th April 2017

Learning to Lead Course

Date to be confirmed
£150 per person, max ratio 1:4, two bookings needed for the course to run.
The course fee does not include travel to the Lake District, accommodation or food. See below for accommodation ideas to download.

wallowbarrow crag, duddon valley

wallowbarrow crag, duddon valley

Inside to Outside

Max ratio 1:4
If you’re an indoor climber, you might be thinking about venturing out on to some real rock, either for outdoor sport climbing or learning to trad climb. A day or two with us will give you all the tools you need to be safe.

Rock Climbing Coaching

Max ratio 1:4
Movement coaching is a a real passion of mine and is a common theme through all my work. It is the key to climbing more difficult routes, but also to climbing for longer, getting less tired and having more fun. For any indoor or outdoor climber looking to progress, and can be indoors or outdoors or a combination.

Classic Rock Climbs

The original Lakes Classic Rock challenge was devised as a running and climbing adventure, with the aim of linking the fifteen Lake District rock climbs in Ken Wilson’s book, Classic Rock - on foot, unsupported, all in under 24 hours. We’ve adapted this into several challenges of different levels - more info on the Classic Rock Challenge page. 

Classic Lakeland Scrambles

Max ratio 1:6
Exciting routes up beautiful Lakeland mountains, eg Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark in the Langdale Valley and Slab & Notch on Pillar

Classic Lakeland Walks 

Max ratio 1:6
Discover some of the classic walking routes in the Lakeland mountains, such as the Fairfield Horseshoe, the Scafells from Eskdale, Bowfell via The Band, Striding Edge on Helvellyn.
Useful blog posts:

7 Ways To Get More Out Of Your Time In The Mountains
Why do some mountaineers end the day with energy to spare?

Alpine Dreamers 

Max ratio 1:4
Pre-Alpine training for aspiring Alpinists, including crevasse rescue, ropework, and techniques for moving quickly and safely over consequential ground. Snow is not needed - we can simulate conditions using rock faces.

Winter Walking (max 1:6) and Climbing (max 1:4)

Some winters we get fantastic conditions for mountaineering and climbing, although the Lake District weather is notoriously unpredictable. Climbing routes are done at appropriate ratios. 
Useful blog posts:
Red Screes 16th January 2015
Winter in the Lake District
Great End, 4th February 2015
Shelter Crag, Bowfell, 6th February 2015
Viking Buttress, Helvellyn
Top Tips For A Safe Fun Winter Season


Dates for all our courses and guiding are listed on the calendar

Fees 2018

Charges per instructor per day or half day:
1:1 - £200 per full day, £125 per half day
1:2 - £220 per full day, £135 per half day
1:3 - £240 per full day, £145 per half day
1:4 - £260 per full day, £155 per half day
1:5 - £280 per full day, £165 per half day
1:6 - £300 per full day, £175 per half day

Travel & Accommodation

Info and ideas can be downloaded here:
Lake District travel and accommodation


We provide all the specialist equipment for each activity. Each participant must come to the activity with the correct clothing -  detailed downloadable equipment list here:
Guiding in the Lake District kit list

If you are participating in winter walking or climbing, please use this kit list:
Winter Walking & Climbing kit list

If you’re in Ambleside and need to buy any kit, try The Climbers Shop in Compston Road, where you’ll get a 10% discount if you mention that you are my client. You can also shop online at The Climbers Shop

Useful blog posts about equipment:
Mountaineering boots: La Sportiva Trango S Evo
Crampon Review and Comparison
Top Tips For Choosing An Ice Axe
What’s The Next Best Thing To A Perfect Pair Of Winter Mountaineering Gloves?

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