The Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine is a fantastic experience for those who like to push their boundaries. You’ll be climbing ladders, wire bridges and cargo nets way above the Honister Pass, bring a camera and a head for heights!
The Via Ferrata begins with an introductory horseshoe shaped route, this will give you a very real indicator of what the rest of the journey will entail.
We then follow the Via Ferrata Classic route up the old incline railway, before launching out over Bull Gill, sky-walking on a thin wire cable, known as a Burma bridge, over a huge drop to the valley floor.
You will be responsible for ensuring that you remain firmly attached to the safety cable throughout the trip, your guide will, however, be keeping a watchful experienced eye on you and the team.
After another stretch of vertical ladders you reach the final challenge of the vertical Cargo Net, emerging with a gasp onto the Incline at Ash Crag! Another underground section through the slate workings leads you onward and upward to the summit of Black Star, with fantastic views out across the high fells and western Lake District.
This trip is designed for those who know exactly what they are getting into – once we start there is no going back!
Everybody in the group needs to be moving well and be confident in ‘mountainous’ situations.
We will provide you with all the required specialist equipment, transport from Glaramara, showers and changing facilities.
Weight and height limits do apply so just get in contact for details.
The Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine takes on average three hours, perfect for a morning or afternoon blast out in the mountains.
More details on how and why such an activity exists can be found here.
What to expect on the day
1Pick up from your accommodation or meet at the Glaramara Activity hub.
2Familiarisation and correct fitting of helmet, harness, head torch and lanyards.
3Arrive at the awe inspiring summit of the Honister pass.
4As your instructor notifies the venue of your arrival, take this opportunity to get used to the high mountain environment. Locate the selfie stick for epic new profile pictures.
5Briefing on venue and personal safety. Efficient technique and correct use of lanyards.
6Spend the next few hours questing out on the high mountain rock face, climbing and descending steel ladders, crossing wire bridges, taking photos and generally having fun with friends.
7Top out on Fleetwith Pike and then we make our way back to Glaramara or your accommodation.