Bring Out Your Adventurous Side At Honister

Honister Slate Mine Ferrata Run

Start your Lakes District adventure at Honister slate mine near Keswick.

It’s a great place to come whether you’re 6, 16 or 60+, offers indoor and outdoor activities for a range of ages and abilities and is brilliant for a group day out.

Explore the craggy, steep sides of the mountain with one of the two Via Ferrata experiences. Latin for “iron way”, Via Ferrata is somewhere between scrambling and climbing and is ideal for people with no climbing experience as you are clipped on at all times to a safety cable.

Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine

Following the original Miners route to the top of the Mountain, the Via Ferrata Classic is not as challenging or demanding as the Via Ferrata Xtreme, which features edge exposure, vertical climbs, cliff edge ladders, plus a Burma Bridge and Cargo Net crossing. The Xtreme is definitely one for those with a good head for heights and reasonable levels of fitness.

You can also test your nerve on a wire suspension bridge which is strung across a spectacular gorge high up on the mountain, 2,000 feet above the valley floor. Depending on the weather you can’t always see the other side, making it look like it goes on forever – hence the name ‘Infinity Bridge’.

Go deep inside the mountain with the ‘Climb the Mine’ all weather route, or the fascinating multimedia mine tour which brings to life the stories of the people who have worked the slate since the mine opened, right up until the modern day. The multimedia tour is suitable for all ages and makes for a super summer holiday or weekend activity with the family.

Honister Slate Mine Climbing

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There is also a café on site offering tasty food and drinks to fuel you up before or after your adventure, and you can also watch the mines’ craftspeople working the slate from the viewing windows into the workshops.

Honister slate mine is open all year round, for more information and how to book contact 017687 77230 or visit

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