There is no experience quite like canyoning in the Lake District. Honister’s canyoning adventure offers a chance to explore nature’s own waterpark. Conveniently situated just 15 minutes from our base at Honister Slate Mine, a canyoning trip is the perfect way to experience the breathtaking natural structures that make up this picturesque, historic location.
Weight Restriction

30 - 112 KG

3-4 hrs

Please arrive 30 mins before your activity starts

1.3m tall, 10 yrs old

Participants must be...

What is canyoning

Honister's Canyoning activity involves descending through rugged and picturesque gorges, navigating natural watercourses, and encountering waterfalls, pools, and breathtaking rock formations with a mix of hiking, swimming, climbing, and abseiling, canyoning

Our canyoning trips are ideal for anyone over the age of 10, who has a good level of fitness and is confident about pushing their boundaries. Canyoning is an unforgettable opportunity to connect with the wild beauty of the region while experiencing an adrenaline-pumping adventure like no other. Whether you’re a seasoned canyoning enthusiast or a first-time adventurer, our experienced guides will ensure a safe and memorable journey through these pristine, unspoiled canyons.

Key Information

  • £80PP
  • Duration is approximately 4 hours.
  • Please enquire for larger groups/private sessions.
  • Minimum Age 10. Minimum height 1.3m.
  • 10 to 15-year-olds must be accompanied by a participating adult 18 years +.
  • You do not need to have any previous canyoning experience.
  • Specialised equipment and safety kit such as wetsuits, helmets, buoyancy aids and harnesses will all be provided. We strongly recommend that swimwear is worn below the wetsuit as well as a rash vest or synthetic top.
  • Please bring swimwear, towel, shorts, comfy trainers (these will get soaked!) and a warm change of clothes
  • Changing facilities are on site.
If you would like more information regarding the specifics of our canyoning trips, please contact us via
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Mint day from start to finish... We booked the all day pass, which was well worth it. Full day of fun and adventure. Even the jeep ride down to the canyoning was an experience! Gary was ace, super chilled, knew his stuff and made the whole day run smoothly and made everyone feel at ease! Cannot thank you enough for an amazing time! Remember to stay patient on those roads 😂. Thanks a bunch Rachel and Dave
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We came to Honister on the all day pass and had the best time! The canyoning was amazing, as were the infinity bridge and via Ferrata (though not for the faint-hearted!) Gary and Nash were our instructors, they were informative, funny and friendly, making the day even more enjoyable. It’s definitely worth getting the all day pass for Honister, and even in the wet weather you’ll have a whale of a time. Don’t plan anything too hard going for the next day though, we were very sore afterwards!
Tom Woods
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From start to finish the team were very friendly & looked after us! Jess, Rob, Hannah & the guys were amazing for our stag do…we did Via Ferrata Extreme & canyoning unbelievable day, very knowledgeable & fun team who made everyone feel safe & ensured we had a great time! Facilities were on point, on-site food amazing could not fault a thing! Would highly recommend & will be returning!!
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We did the all day pass and had an absolutely amazing experience. It was definitely a ‘bucket list challenge’ and nothing like I’d ever done before. We did the infinity bridge, via ferrata extreme and the canyoning. It was challenging but definitely something for all ages. Gary was our guide and he was brilliant and so supportive throughout the whole thing. Loved every minute


Canyoning is a great activity to push your boundaries while appreciating striking landscapes. Set in the picturesque Lake District National Park, you’ll make your way along the course of a waterfall, abseiling down sheer faces and scrambling over rocks whilst taking in magnificent mountainous scenery.

Honister offers canyoning experiences at £80 per person for groups of up to 8 people. Please enquire about larger groups or private sessions, as costs will vary depending on your requirements.

Unlike canyoning, which often involves navigating greater heights, gorge walking takes you on a journey along a river. You’ll have the opportunity to jump, slide, and explore the river’s course, either upstream or downstream. Canyoning offers an even more exhilarating and adventurous experience compared to gorge walking. With canyoning, you’ll have the opportunity to navigate through more challenging terrains, including greater heights and deeper waters, for an adrenaline rush like no other.

While “Canyoning” and “Canyoneering” may sound different, they essentially refer to the same outdoor activity. The choice of terminology is often influenced by cultural preferences. “Canyoning” is widely recognised across the globe, while “Canyoneering” is favoured in the United States.

Canyoning typically involves navigating larger, more technical canyons with significant water flow, often requiring specialised gear like ropes and harnesses. In contrast, ghyll scrambling, popular in the Lake District and other UK regions, takes place in smaller streams, offering a milder and more accessible experience suitable for a wider range of participants.

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