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Scale Force

A well trodden approach leads to a short, scenic slot canyon with multiple drops into shallow pools.
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2X 60 m
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Duration: in, down and out:
IN: 1hr DOWN: 1- 1.5hrs OUT: 45 mins
2X 60m ropes required to make pull down on highest abseil possible! ⚠️ SHORT LAG TIME ⚠️ Once rope is pulled on A1 any attempt would be either very difficult or impossible. Canyon deepens as you descend.
park at (54.5408560, -3.2787353). Parking cost £6 for 4hrs. Toilets available at the car park for 40p. From the car park, head out and follow the obvious signs to scale force. This track leads you through a farm and over a bridge, turn right and follow the track that contours around the hill. You will cross two smaller footbridges, after crossing the second, turn left and follow the smaller track that leads you to the end of the canyon. Once you arrive at Scale force, turn left and follow the steep track up hill until the hill lessens and the river comes back into view, A1’s anchors are in clear view of the path, you can start here or head slightly further up for a 3m slide. The descent - in low flow the trip is not as committing and possible for experts leading novices however in high flow this should only be undertaken by experts. Most drops are in the flow and have challenges such as entrapments to watch out for, some anchors are located close to the edge and require extreme care. The descent is scenic and one of the best in the lakes. After A1 this canyon is inescapable, any attempt to escape would be very difficult or impossible. Walk back to car either the same way you came or on the main track. See topo for more information on the descent and check water levels using the indicator on the site prior to a decent.
This Canyon is Guided
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Dave Hipwell
Dave Hipwell
June 21, 2021 8:08 pm
Canyon Experience :

The walk in is about an hour to an hour and a half. The decent took us about an hour then an hour to return to the car.

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