Gorge scrambling (ghyll scrambling): Church Beck, Coniston

 

Today we took Hollie, John and James for a gorge scramble (ghyll scramble) in Church Beck, Coniston. The water levels were lower than I expected, given all the rain that we’ve had over the last couple of days, but there was still more than enough in the gorge┬áto make things exciting. We started easy, with some scrambling up some small waterfalls and a splash in the lower pools of the gorge, before taking on some of the bigger climbs and jumps as we got higher upstream.

Everyone was full of confidence and up for more challenges, so after a bit of wresting in one of the pools, we got the rope out for a climb up one of the bigger falls. After a couple of slips early on, everyone made it up, ready for the next challenge – a hand-traverse of one of the gorge’s┬ádeeper pools.

More jumps followed and a few dives from behind a big chockstone, before we headed out of the gorge briefly to access the final challenge – a massive jump from a high bank into a deep pool, followed by a slide down a big slab into mid-air, before splashing down into another pool. Everyone lapped up this challenge too – so much so that we headed around for another go! Nice one guys.

Cheers top Hollie, James and John for a great morning in the gorge. Hope to see you again in the future.

Quite a few pics today! Enjoy.

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The slide, Church Beck, Coniston

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The slide, Church Beck, Coniston

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The slide, Church Beck, Coniston

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Diving out from under the chockstone, Churck Beck, Coniston

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Pretty scary face?!

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Falling off the hand traverse, Church Beck, Coniston

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The hand traverse, Church Beck, Coniston

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The hand traverse, Church Beck, Coniston

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The hand traverse, Church Beck, Coniston

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Hollie, John & James in Church Beck, Coniston

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Wrestling in Church Beck, Coniston

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Wrestling in Church Beck, Coniston

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