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privately guided
Via Ferrata


10+ years+ and over 1.3m tall

Perfect for a wet day

Voted “Visitor Experience Of The Year" in the 2014 by the Cumbria Tourism Excellence Awards, the Via Ferrata Xtreme is a very popular choice for those seeking an authentic adventure. The very first section involves a 15m descent on a near vertical ladder, with some big drops of air below. We then traverse across a short rock section on steel staples to get to the top of Bull Gill, an exposed gully once used by miners to dispose of waste rock. We climb carefully down this slightly overhanging section of rock on steel bars, then continue around the crag to the start of the Burma Bridge. This formidable bridge is roughly 80m long and is high enough to make cars below look like ants! Once across this very airy bridge, we continue upwards on rock, metal staples and a series of ladders before reaching the cargo net. The top of the net marks the end of the climbing section of the Via Ferrata Xtreme, then it’s a 10-minute scramble up through impressive mine ruins to the summit of black star on Fleetwith Pike, where we are rewarded with one of the finest views in the Lake District. We then return back to the visitors centre, via an easy downhill track.


Suitable For: This activity is suitable for those who are physically fit and up for a steady 3 hour scramble, with some big exposure! Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and children must be aged 10+ years and over 1.3m tall.  


£65.00 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


Parking pass

A few photos

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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