Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata

First developed in the Alps to enable climbers to tackle some of the most difficult routes and provide access to peaks that were previously inaccessible, Via Ferrata, which is Italian for “Iron Road” is a permanent structure built onto the mountain side. Steel cables, rope ladders, iron rungs, and even steps carved into the rock are used to create a permanent route up.

For many people, Via Ferrata can provide their first foray into rock climbing, as it bridges the gap between fell walking and the modern technique of free rock climbing, where additional equipment is used for safety purposes only. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that Via Ferrata is easy, as you need an excellent level of fitness to complete the route, and a good head for heights.

What Via Ferrata Involves

Guided throughout by an experienced professional, you will need to conquer a series of challenges, whether it be crossing a rope bridge, climbing a steep ladder, or ascending up rocks using a series of permanent manmade rungs, pegs, and cables. You will be kept safe throughout via the use of harnesses and carabiners to keep you attached to the route. You can expect the route to take around three hours to complete, depending on your fitness level.

What to Wear and Bring

You will need to wear comfortable clothing. Jeans are not advisable, as they do not allow you to move quite so freely, instead jogging bottoms or walking trousers are advised. You should wear layers to keep you warm, and a waterproof jacket and trousers. You will need a pair of sturdy shoes, with walking boots being the best option. You should also wear gloves. Helmets and other safety gear will be provided.

If you are bringing a GoPro it must be one that can attach to you and not handheld, as you will need your hands at all times. You should bring some refreshments as you will burn off a lot of calories along the way.

Where to Do Via Ferrata in the Lake District

The Lake District is home to the UK’s first Via Ferrata. This is located at Honister Mine, where you can opt to do the Via Ferrata Classic, or the Via Ferrata Extreme. The classic route is suitable for most people with a good level of fitness, whilst the extreme version features exposed edges and challenging climbs, and therefore, you need to have a good level of fitness to complete it.

Honister

Honister has a number of other attractions alongside the Via Ferrata, including mine tours, an infinity bridge, café, and slate shop.

  • Address: Honister Pass, Borrowdale, Keswick, CA12 5XN
  • Tel: 01768777230
  • Website: www.honister.com 
  • Cost: From £37.50