Tuesday 13 August 2013

Family Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning Session in The Lake District. July 22nd 2013

It has been a while since we posted anything up at Kendal Mountaineering Services - not because  we haven't been busy, the opposite is true and unfortunately, because of that, Iain has gotten well behind with the blogging!

The Shrimpton family (photo one) booked  a ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning session in The Lake District with us with us prior to visiting the area on holiday from Hertfordshire. As you can see there was a family of five all needing to be paid for so we were sympathetic and discounted our price to £35 per person for this session.

We started the Shrimptons Lake District Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning Session as always by kitting out the family in wetsuits, walking boots, cagoules, helmets, harnesses & bouyancy aids before setting off into the ghyll.

The children were particularly keen to get stuck into some wet fun and with the weather being warm and the family well equipped they were soon soaked from jumping into pools and crawling under logs and just generally making the most of every opportunity and challenge presented by Iain.

Photo two shows the family at the first big waterfall encountered in Church Beck on our ghyll scrambling (also known as gorge walking) ascent of this stream near Coniston Village.
Shortly beyond the waterfall in Photo two, we arrived at the bottom of the Chockstone Pitch  (also known as the "coffin slide") where we get out of the gorge and head upstream to begin our downward or Canyoning descent of Church beck.

This starts with our getting harnesses on as the first obstacle encountered is a lower down a 15 foot waterfall before a small jump in to a deep pool. Following this we have a 100m walk downstream under Miners Bridge to the top of the Miners Bridge Fall (photo three) scene of our second waterfall lower.

Many competitors avoid taking clients into the top section above Miners Bridge altogether but our philosophy is that we will do everything possible with you at any of the Lake Districts Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning Venues. Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning is great fun - so you might as well make the most of it and get a decent session for your money as well!

After the Miners Bridge Waterfall Lower, we made our way downstream to the head of the "Top Jumps". Here, there is a part lower on a rope before jumping in to the pool at the top fall followed ( if you can jump out far enough!) a jump down the next fall in to the pool below or an easy climb down if you don't fancy the jump.

Swimming across the pool below brings you to the head of the lower fall (Chockstone Pitch, Coffin Slide - call it what you will!). Here, everyone sits on top of the big slab visible in photo four...and then slides down in to the pool below. Thoroughly exciting and exhilarating stuff!

The Shrimpton Family really enjoyed their Lake District Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning Session with us. Other photos from this session can be viewed here and if you would like to book a ghyll scrambling & canyoning session for your own family whilst on holiday in The Lake District  then contact us here. You won't be disappointed!

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