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Introduction to scrambling Lake District

By 18th August 2020July 21st, 2022Scrambling, Summer


An introduction to scrambling course in the Lake District is the perfect way to get into this exciting aspect of mountaineering and climbing.

We offer a whole range of scrambling courses and guided scrambles in the Lake District. These range from courses for the complete novice to those wanting to learn rope work skills for scrambling in the UK to mountaineering in the Alps.

Booking and Prices

If you’d like to know more about an introduction to scrambling course in the Lake District, then see our main page for more details and prices or see what our clients say about us.

When you are ready, then get in touch to make an enquiry or a booking.

We also run scrambling courses in Snowdonia and on the west coast of Scotland.

Introduction to Scrambling Course in the Lake District

A scrambler climbing high on Jack's Rake, a Grade 1 scramble in the Lake District, with Stickle Tarn far below him

High on Jack’s Rake, Great Langdale

On our introduction to scrambling in the Lake District you could very well find yourself on Striding Edge. Striding Edge on Helvellyn is one of the classic Grade 1 scrambles in the area (and in the UK). Two other routes that we scramble regularly and are of a similar difficulty are Jack’s Rake (right) and Sharp Edge on Blencathra. All of these routes are high on many people’s ‘tick lists’.

Scramblers make their way along Striding Edge on helvelly, during a guided scrambling day in the Lake District
Guided scrambling on Striding Edge, Helvellyn

Striding Edge (left) is a very popular way to the top of Helvellyn. It’s an ideal route for our Lake District introduction to scrambling. However, it requires a head for heights and a steady nerve. While it isn’t very difficult, poor mountain conditions can make it far more dangerous than you may expect. The usual scramblers way to make a circuit and return home would be to descend Swirral Edge. Our aim on a course like this is not simply to guide you around. Instead, we will help you to develop your knowledge and formulate your own judgement about what is safe and not safe to do. In this way, you will become an independent scrambler capable of going out alone to tackle routes like this.

The cliffs of Pavey Ark and the line of Jack's Rake towering above Stickle Tarn
The cliffs of Pavey Ark and the line of Jack’s Rake towering above Stickle Tarn

Most people find that mountaineering equipment such as ropes are not necessary on a Grade 1 scramble. This is particularly true of a narrow ridge. So we don’t expect to teach you rope work on an introduction to scrambling course. However, a good eye for spotting the best route and good judgement about conditions are both essential.  We will help you to develop both of these on this course.