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We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 day navigation skills training course on weekend of 30th April and 1st May 2022. We were blessed with good weather on day 1 whilst learning the techniques and challenged putting them into practice on day 2 when it rained most of the day, which enabled us to learn how to navigate in misty conditions. Iain was a very patient coach, happy to repeat any instructions and demonstrate techniques until we grasped it and was very mindful of our safety and comfort throughout the days. We learnt a lot, had a great 2 days and will enjoy confidently navigating open access land we hope many times in the future. This is an excellent course and great value for money. Thank you Iain

Dolores Nellany

Thank you for a great two days of map reading and navigational skills. We both learned loads and it was 'enhanced' by the low clouds and rain which sharpened our understanding!! Iain's leadership enabled us to make great progress and his care for the group and great chat made for good camaraderie within the group! Brilliant course!

Pearl Bowker

We had a fantastic day ghyll scrambling with Iain in Glenridding. We were two families with four boys aged 9 and 13. Despite the freezing cold water, we all had a fantastic time and were well looked after by Iain. Really liked the fact that it was just us in the group and all the equipment was provided, even footwear. The hot chocolate at the end was a nice touch too! Would highly recommend. We’ll definitely be booking another session when we next return to the Lakes.

Kelly Sutton

So we were let down by another Ghyll Scrambling company at the last minute. However, I contacted Iain who said he could help out on the dates we had previously chosen to Ghyll Scramble at Stickle Ghyll. What an amazing experience, not only fun but safe and well organised. All correct equipment (including walking boots) were provided and the added bonus of some action photos along the way. I would like to thank Iain and would highly recommend him.

Natty Dalleywater

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

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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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