Learn to scramble in the Lakes

Suitable for


Group size


Ideal length

1 day

When to go

April to September


From £48pp

This adventure takes place near Keswick (Cumbria), a pretty market town at the heart of Lake District National Park. If you’re looking for an exhilarating mountaineering experience, then this scramble up Carn Crag is a must.

On the day you can expect your guide to meet you at 9.00am at your accommodation or at the Chalet Tearooms in Portinscale. You will then set off to a hidden valley, which feels a million miles from everything.

A gentle walk in will stretch your legs, getting you ready for your epic scramble. The famous ridge can be climbed in almost any conditions and all the steepest sections can be avoided by moving left at any time onto grassy ledges. The guide will hone your steep ground skills making this is an excellent stepping stone for future adventures.

All in all this is a fantastic option because it’s very easy to organize and requires minimal kit or fitness. The skills learnt will help you plan further adventures in this incredible National Park.

We recommend you first contact the guide to agree a date, then book your accommodation. Adventure sorted!

Your guide

Mandy Glanvill

Mandy Glanvill has a wealth of experience and knowledge having instructed at all levels. She is a qualified teacher and, having the Mountain Instructor Award, has taught in schools, colleges and for private individuals and groups. What singles Mandy out is her ability to make people feel comfortable and confident in the rock environment. She provides thoughtful and detailed input while having a boundless supply of energy and enthusiasm. A day out with Mandy is guaranteed to be a good fun learning experience.

Additional info

Optional extras include pickup from the train station and transport during the adventure (ask the guide).

Additional days can be booked to explore further areas (ask the guide).

Please note you have to be 18 years or over to book this adventure (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Wilderness Now does not provide this activity. It acts as agent facilitating your entry into a contract in respect of this activity, which is provided by Mandy Glanvill.


  • Kit for borrowing
  • Option for pickup from bus/train/airport
  • Transport during the adventure

Not Included

  • Meals/ drinks

How to get there


Driving to Keswick is the best option. From London it's an easy 4 hours.


You can take the train to Penrith. From London it's 3 hours, direct from Euston. You can then take a local taxi or bus to Keswick. Total travel time is around 4 hours 30 mins.

Where to stay

For an award winning, Victorian hotel experience try The Highfield Hotel in Keswick, from £85/person. Call 017687 72508.

For a quality, comfortable guest house experience try Rivendell Guest House in Keswick, from £40/person. Call 017687 73822. 

Client reviews

Having done a small amount of lead climbing with friends we wanted someone to take us out on the crags and give us a bit more confidence with trusting our abilities on gear setting and setting up belays. Mandy was very helpful and friendly and we felt we got a lot from the weekend.

Briony (London)

Having started indoor climbing 8 months ago, I wanted someone to introduce me to outdoor climbing. Mandy was recommended to me. I spent two incredible days climbing with her on Shepherds Crag and Black Crag in Borrowdale in the Lake District. Her instruction and guidance in all aspects of what we were doing; belaying, how to use and place the gears, ropes, different types of knots and all the safety aspects of climbing, were excellent!! An experience I will not forget!

Tina (Layburn)
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