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Honister Pass
CA12 5XN

Keswick Adventure Capital

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Honister Slate Mine is a Visit Britain Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

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Honister Via FerrataMine Tours

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900 years of historyVisitor Information

Christmas is coming at Honister!!


2014 "Winners"

2011 "Winners"


Welcome to Honister!

A unique award winning experience,
England's last working slate mine
and England's first Via Ferrata!

"The Top Ten best British Adventure Breaks"
The Independent - click here!

"Tales from the National Parks" - BBC4 - click here!

"Honister is owned by a local family and is a supporter of the Lake District community, economy and the environment.

Every penny you spend at Honister helps support the mine and our young people." Mark Weir

Located at the head of Honister Pass in the center of the Lake District, we produce the world famous Westmorland Green Slate - a beautiful, functional material that has been extracted here for centuries.

Our slate is over 450 Milion years old!

The Borrowdale Valley

"The Lake District is the loveiest part of England and Borrowdale is the fairest of its Valleys"

Alfred Wainwright, A Coast to Coast Walk

"Better than the Great Barrier Reef"
The Lake District's biggest thrill, don't even think of coming to Honister and missing Via Ferrata"

Jules Brown, Editor, Rough Guide To England

Cumbria Tourism Awards 2011/2014

"This developing attraction is exciting, interactive and unique in the area creating an adventurous and memorable experience for a wide range of visitors yet remaining true to the principles of sustainability and helping to support a number of jobs for local people. Visitors can not only experience the great Cumbrian outdoors but also see first hand the restoration of the Lake District slate mining industry."

Cumbria Tourism Awards Judge 


Enjoy the wonderful journey from the Theatre By The Lake in Keswick to the top of our Via Ferrata's

Honister is grateful to Brian Sherwen, Martin Campbell, Paul Kingston, Stuart Bell and many other talented photographers for their work.