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Scrambling route guides in the Lake District

Exciting accounts of scrambling walks in the Lake District. Various different regions and conditions, but all a fantastic day out!

Top 3 Scrambles in the Lake District

Jack’s Rake

A brilliant grade 1 scramble, through Pavey Ark, in the Langdale valley.

Jack's rake

Pinnacle Ridge, St Sunday Crag

A classic grade 3 scramble, in a fantastic setting, with a steep crux corner.

Pinnacle ridge

Striding Edge

One of the most famous scrambles in the lake district, a grade 1 with a great sense of exposure.

Striding edge

Best Locations for Scrambling in the Lake District

The valley of Great Langdale in the Lake District

Great Langdale Valley

Full of classic scrambles fairly close to each other in the Great Langdale valley and surrounding areas.

Top Great Langdale valley scrambles:


This picturesque location gives you access to some fantastic scrambles towards Great End and Great Gable.

Top Seathwaite scrambles:


Set in the shadow of Helvellyn, this gives you access to two of the classic routes in the Lake District.

Top Glenridding scrambles:

Lake District Ghyll Scrambles

Ghyll (or Gill) scrambles are perfect for those who don’t mind getting a bit wet! Some will require a wetsuit during the colder months to save yourself from going blue.

Church Beck Scramble

Scrambling Grades Explained

Grade 1: This grade is for an easy scramble with little or no hazards and easy route finding.

Grade 2: This grade is for routes that contain longer difficult sections where a rope could be used for safety / confidence, escape is normally possible.

Grade 3: This grade is more serious and should only be undertaken by experienced scramblers, escape is often difficult and a rope is often recommended.

See more information on scrambling grades here.

Lake District Scrambles by Area:

  • scrambles near Ambleside
  • scrambles near Keswick
  • scrambles near Broughton in Furness
  • scrambles near Buttermere
  • scrambles near Glenridding

Lake District Scrambles by Difficulty:

  • Grade 1 Lake District Scrambles
  • Grade 2 Lake District Scrambles
  • Grade 3+ Lake District Scrambles

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