When you’re looking for outdoor activities in the Peak District, you may come across scrambling as an option, but to the uninitiated this can sound like an odd thing to do in your free time. So, if you’re wondering what exactly scrambling involves, we’re here to fill you in.
Scrambling is the middle ground between hill walking and climbing. According to the British Mountaineering Council, it’s “essentially easy rock climbing, travelling through some stunning mountain scenery”.
Another way to think of it is like tackling a natural obstacle course. During a scramble you’ll usually be climbing up things, squeezing through narrow gaps and generally going off the beaten track to reach the top of a hill.
If this sounds like something you’d like to have a go at, don’t just head for the first hill and race off the path – there are official scrambling routes you can follow. If you’ve never tried this kind of thing before, going with a guide is advisable to ensure you stay safe and don’t get lost.
While there’s no specific equipment required for scrambling, robust hiking boots are a good idea, as they can provide a bit more purchase on loose rocks and steeper ascents than their lightweight counterparts.
The Roaches in the Peak District is a good hill to start a scrambling adventure on. As well as a number of well-known climbing routes, it’s also got options for those who want a bit more of a challenge than walking. And the views across the moorland from its upper tier are stunning – so it’s worth the effort.