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privately guided
Via Ferrata

Climb the mine

10+ years+ and over 1.3m tall

Perfect for a wet day

This all-weather activity takes us deep underground to explore a secret world of hidden passages and magnificent caverns, an area that was carved out years ago by the miners, in order to extract the precious green slate. The start of the course is steep and involves some vertical climbing, though this bit can be easily avoided for those that don’t feel up to it. After some fun climbing along the steep cavernous walls, we cross a wire bridge and pull our way up the metal rungs to reach a second cavern. We must cross the challenging postman walk, before exploring more of the hidden tunnels that pepper this historically bountiful mountain. Eventually, we emerge from the tunnels to a spectacular view of one of England’s highest and steepest mountain passes, Honister Pass. We then descend back to the bottom of the mine via a series of tunnels. 


Suitable For: Though much less exposed than the other two options, this route still requires a reasonable level of fitness and will take approx 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. 


£60.00 per person

This includes a parking pass


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

Parking pass

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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