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Abseiling provides an opportunity to overcome your natural sense of survival and make a controlled descent of a vertical rock face on a rope.

There are some great places in the Lake District to try your hand at abseiling. Close to Glaramara we make good use of Wodens Face and Bowderstone Quarry. The Belvedere at Shepherds Crag provides a bigger steeper abseil for the more confident.

Elsewhere in the Lake District, Cathedral Caverns is a superb location with a short abseil for the timid and a big one for the brave!

Your instructor will patiently help you to overcome your fears and controls a separate safety rope ‘just in case’.

Once mastered, abseiling is used as a technique for descending ropes by climbers, cavers and even window cleaners to gain access to otherwise inaccessible places.


What to expect on the day

  • 1
    Pick up from your accommodation or meet at the Glaramara Activity hub.
  • 2
    Familiarisation and correct fitting of helmet & harness. Pack ropes and hardware required.
  • 3
    Arrive at an abseiling venue appropriate for the group and recent weather conditions.
  • 4
    As your instructor safely rigs the venue, take this opportunity to get used to the environment. Locate the selfie stick for epic new profile pictures.
  • 5
    Briefing on venue safety, ground level abseiling technique and correct use of abseiling device.
  • 6
    Spend the next few hours abseiling, taking photos and generally having fun with friends while dangling on ropes.
  • 7
    Head back to Glaramara or your accommodation.


Here are some fantastic photos, why not join us and take your own.