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Via Ferrata is Latin for ” Iron Way “
The original Via Ferrata`s were routes literally across The Alps that soldiers and partisans
used to carry munitions and supplies to their Allies in “World War One and Two”.

Using a series of metal cables, rungs, ladders and bridges to ascend and descend tremendous and
precipitous climbing routes and paths across the Alps. These Via Ferrata tracks provided the most
spectacular and dramatic viewpoints of Europe’s fabulous Mountain scenery.

Commercialised for public use in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy after the Wars, they made tremendous climbs achievable in relative safety for the visiting masses.

Via Ferrata at Honister

We are proud to announce that we are approved by the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority (AALA)
Via Ferrata Original

Introduced at Honister Slate Mine in 2007 by local entrepreneur Mark Weir,
the Honister Via Ferratas were the very first in the UK.

Using the original Miners track up the precipitous outer incline of Fleetwith Pike,
the addition of a continuous cable made climbing this magnificent Lake District Mountain
achievable and safe for everyone.

Honister's Via Ferrata allows the average person on the street the opportunity to go higher
and further from the street than they ever imagined possible. These climbing/walking experiences
are hugely popular in the Italian Dolomites and across Europe, but this is a first in the UK.
The good thing is it's all perfectly safe and you don't have to be a trained mountaineer to do it.

We have two different Via Ferratas to choose from. You can book tickets and find out more here:

Via Ferrata Classic
Via Ferrata Xtreme 
NEW FOR 2012!

Honister's Via Ferrata uses a fixed cable for safety and protection and you are attached by a harness provided by us. Full safety instructions are provided and all tours are guided.
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While different from traditional rock climbing, the sport of Via Ferrata gives participants the sensation of being exposed on a rock face and the sense of  ascending into spaces where only Eagles fly. Unlike traditional rock climbing, a Via Ferrata participant is not attached to a belay but climbs independently using the installed system of iron rungs and supports.

Allowing access to areas not usually easily reached-e.g - the summit of Fleetwith Pike (2,126 feet high)

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Choose from the following routes..

Via Ferrata Classic

Via Ferrata Xtreme


Via Ferrata