Adventure start points

Arrampica Vertical Adventures LocationsArrampica Vertical Adventures offers you a wide selection of starting locations, and your adventure can be tailored to suit your requirements and ability level.

Our vertical adventures take place in Cumbria's Lake District, and the specific areas and locations on offer are as follows. You can choose any combination of activity (walking, scrambling, climbing) in conjunction with any of these locations.


Coniston Village

The Old Man, Coniston

Coniston village lies on the west side of Coniston Water. The Coniston fells are to the north-west side of the village, dominated by The Old Man of Coniston and out of sight the famous rock face of Dow Crag looks menacingly over Goat Water. The village is a centre for walkers coming to scale the Old Man, which at 803 metres is the highest peak in the area. Also for those who dare to venture, the climbing here is amongst the finest - with routes to suit most abilities. Surrounded by superb scenery, mountain streams cascading down the fells, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful tarns. The area around Coniston is also home to the rare Red Squirrel.  Click the the following links for adventures from Coniston village.

Arrampica Vertical Adventures either pick you up from your accommodation or meet you are the hidden car park at the start of the Walna Scar Road in the hills just above Coniston Village (GR289971).

Wasdale Head


Wasdale Head is located on Cumbria's west coast, in a superb hidden corner of Britain. Home to some of the most dramatic scenery in the Lake District, and famous as home of England's highest mountain (pictured left), Scafell Pike (pronounced 'Scawfell'), and also Scafell and Great Gable. The valley also has the deepest lake in England - Lake Wastwater - and the smallest church, St. Olaf's.

For centuries, Wasdale Head has been a start point for walks and climbs into the mountains. Today, it is the recognised starting point for the ascent of Scafell Pike as part of the National Three Peaks Challenge, a vehicle supported walk of the highest peaks of England, Scotland and Wales. Click the the following links for adventures from Wasdale Head.

Arrampica Vertical Adventures either pick you up from your accommodation or meet you at the car park at Wasdale Hotel, on the right immediately before the famous Wasdale Head Inn (GR186085).

Langdale Valley


Langdale Valley is one of the most popular and easy to reach locations in the Lake District. It's located just a short drive from Ambleside, and offers a gateway to some superb mountain scenery and adventures. Dominated by the distinctive Langdale Pikes - Harrison Stickle and Pike o Stickle - this curving valley holds huge appeal for fell walkers and climbers alike. Famous also for Dungeon and Stickle Ghyll, streams that cascade down from the mountains with several impressive falls detailed in Wainwright books (and the inns that nestle at their base).

Langdale Valley is also renowned for its exciting routes on Gimmer Crag, Bowfell, Pavey Ark via South Face or Jack's Rake Scramble, and is a must for all those visiting the Lake District National park. The valley is Vertical Adventures' number one venue, and offers something for everyone. Click the the following links for adventures from Langdale Valley.

Arrampica Vertical Adventures either pick you up from your accommodation or meet you (directions as if approaching from Ambleside) at the large National Trust car park on the right (public toilets available here) just after the entrance road to the first inn's Stickle Barn and New Dungeon Ghyll (GR293063).

Glenridding & Patterdale


Glenridding was once a small hamlet beside Lake Ullswater, formerly a lead mining village with a fast flowing stream through the centre. It has become an ideal location for fell walkers and climbers, particularly those wanting to climb Helvellyn along Striding and Swirral Edges. It is also close to Patterdale, another popular hiking area and a great alternative with its famous Pinnacle Ridge route up Saint Sunday Crag. Click the the following links for adventures from Glenridding & Patterdale.

Arrampica Vertical Adventures either pick you up from your accommodation or meet you at car parks in either Glenridding (GR385170) beside tourist office where there are public toilets or Patterdale at the hotel pay-and-display car park (GR395160).

Hardknott & Wrynose Pass


The Romans originally built a road over the pass in the 2nd Century AD to link the coastal fort at Ravenglass with their garrisons at Ambleside and Kendal. The Romans called this road the Tenth Highway, reaching a height of 393m (1289ft) at the top of the Hardknott Pass before descending deeply to the Duddon Valley and then ascending and descending the Wrynose Pass (also 393m) on its way to Ambleside. The road fell into disrepair after the Romans left Britain in the early part of the 5th century AD, although it remained as an unpaved packhorse route throughout the centuries.

Following the end of the Second World War, and thus the end of tank battle training in the area, a new route is tarmac, single track and battles (as is the tradition of the route) for the steepest road in England with Rosedale Chimney Bank in North Yorkshire at an equal 1:3 (33% gradient). Click the the following links for adventures from Hardknott & Wrynose Pass.

Arrampica Vertical Adventures either pick you up from your accommodation or meet at the Three Shires Stone roadside column marker on the Wrynose Pass (GR276027) that used to mark the point at which Cumbria, Lancashire and Westmoreland counties met.

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