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Thank you for a great day, it is hard to cater for a family group and keep children and adults happy and challenged but yet you took us all under your wing, correctly read that the emphasis should be on the children and entertained us all varying your guidance accordingly as the day went. We all have fairly unique half term experiences to talk about; one day we'll be back for more fun and games.

Will Pope

Sept 21 Navigation weekend: Great weekend of learning new skills with a lot of fun added to it. Weather wasn't the best, but that actually helped with the learning, compass Navigating in the fog is a perfect way to learn. As they say it's never bad weather, only a bad choice of clothing! Iain is a great teacher with an unbelievable wealth of knowledge in his field. If you want a good, fun way of learning new skill then this is highly recommended.

Danny K

We spent a morning Ghyll Scrmbling down Stoneycroft Gill with some friends yesterday - we had a great time. Iain took great care of us all, paying particular attention to our youngest memeber of the gang, who was only 7! Iain has a wealth of experience and knowldge, which made us feel very safe in his company! He also took the time to take some super snaps, capturing our adventure as we went along! Thank you Iain for a great time!

Heidi Cleaver

We had a great day Ghyll Scrambling with Iain up Stickle Ghyll . I’ve walked up the path many times but always wanted to try the more fun route up . It didn’t disappoint we had so much fun and a great experience to share with the kids and friends . A few of us were pushed out of our comfort zones but we always felt safe and now have a great sense of achievement . Smiley, happy faces all around . 😌

Liz Lawson

A brilliant day ghyll scrambling in the Esk Gorge with Iain - he keeps up a decent pace to make sure you get loads done. By the end of the day, we were all knackered!


I wanted to take my two grown up sons caving for the day and was delighted that we choose Iain to be our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and gave us loads of information on the local area and geology of the caves in an engaging and humorous style. He was able to personalise our trip to provide just the right level of challenge and support and we all had a fabulous time with the culmination being abseiling down a 20 m underground waterfall! I would thoroughly recommend Iain's caving trips and suggest you go for an all day trip as it gives the chance for Iain to assess your ability in the morning and then pitch the afternoon trip to extend your skills.

Jonathan Hannam

A fabulous experience for the whole family. We had an amazing day out with Iain - Kayaking and Ghyll scrambling. Iain sorted all the equipment we needed for the day, and even organised parking at the sites - which is a bonus in the Lakes during the summer. The day was taken at a pace to suit us, and Iain looked after us well. Finding activities to keep the whole family happy is a challenge - but this ticked the boxes for everyone - smiles and laughter all round. At the end of the day Iain sent us the photos he had taken for us - a great souvenir from the day. Looking forward to coming back for more on a future trip - thanks Iain - see you again soon!

Jane Bell

We had an amazing time with Iain ghyll scrambling. Iain made sure every jump and climb was exciting and safe, and provided us with a fantastic day tailored to our desires with plenty of pictures and videos to capture the experience. Thank you Iain.

Peter Stock

Great Ghyll Scrambling day with Iain. Highly Recommended. We were a family with two girls age 8 and 11 and we all loved it. Beautiful scenery, quiet location, fun and informative instructor. Story telling, water fights, pool diving, rock climbing and good kit and boots. Challenging but available for all levels. Thanks Iain. PS Girls loved the ride in the series two land rover.

Rachel Erridge

My partner and I did the most incredible gorge walking experience. Our instructor Ian went above and beyond to make sure we had the best time. We did the experience solo, which is often not the case with other competitors, so felt the experience was even more special. Ian even took a gopro with him to take pictures/videos of us throughout the experience and sent them to us afterwards (for no additional cost) so we had something to remember. Ian made us feel in extremely safe hands and even provided a hot chocolate at the end to warm us up. We did abseiling, rock climbing, jumping and sliding into waterfalls and pools; Ian made sure we were comfortable to do so throughout. Unlike some other providers, we were given services such as walking boots, the pictures, warm drinks and solo exclusively, which made it so enjoyable. We couldn't recommend him, or the experience, more and would highly suggest going with him.

Fabiana Peers

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Iain Gallagher, Lakes Outdoor ExperienceLakes Outdoor Experience is run by Iain Gallagher. Iain divides his time between hills and crags in the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and North Yorkshire. He can also be found climbing peaks across Europe and around the World.

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