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Via Ferrata


10+ years+ and over 1.3m tall

Perfect for a wet day

This was the original Via Ferrata established at Honister and was also the first ever in the UK. Though physically the easiest of the three options, it is nevertheless an exciting scramble and the thrill of the exposure presents the main challenge. We take the original miners route onto the mountain and follow an easy rock traverse to reach an exposed gully called Bull Gill. This is the most challenging part of the route and involves an upward traverse across a slightly overhanging stretch of rock. Long ago, the miners would use this steep gill to dispose of unusable rock from deep within the caverns of Honister. Having tackled this exciting section, we then balance tentatively across a small steel bridge and climb up a steep but short section of rock, before continuing more easily up the old incline. We walk past some old mountainside huts and drum houses, before passing through a large mined tunnel in the cliff to gain the summit. Once standing jubilantly on top, we are rewarded with one of the most beautiful and dramatic views in the Lake District. 


Suitable For: This activity is achievable for all those with an average level of fitness and a  bit of a head for heights! It will take pprox 2.5 - 3 hours to complete. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and children must be aged 10+ years and over 1.3m tall. 


£45.00 per person

Family discounts available on request


min 2 people


over 1.3m tall

19stone max

-18yrs must be accompanied by a parent or guardian


Warm Clothes

Waterproof Jacket and Trouser

Strong footwear with good grip

Warm/Windproof Gloves

Woolly/Warm Hat

A snack

Any medication you may need


Half Day

3 Hours 

Can be part of a full day

9am - 4pm


Qualified Instructor


via ferrata lanyards

Helmet with a torch

A few photos of you tour

getting there

From Keswick, you take the B5289 (the Borrowdale Road) all the way to the top of Honister Pass, roughly a 45 minute drive. You will pass through Rosthwaite and Seatoller before driving up the steep mountain pass to get to the Mine. There is a spacious carpark at the top of the pass, which is free to customers. 

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