Few locations can match the Lake District when it comes to rock climbing, bouldering and gorge scrambling.

The variety of crags, peaks and gorges and the beauty of the surrounding mountains and views make Cumbria the perfect place to try out this great outdoor sport.

When you are on holiday you might want to try something a little bit different and the climbing instructors and tutors at many outdoor centres are keen to get people to challenge themselves and their families to experience the thrill that they get from conquering a crag or peak. If you are a bit daunted by a towering cliff why not start small at one of the indoor climbing centres in the area such as Keswick Climbing Wall or the UK's highest climbing wall at The Lakeland Climbing Centre at Kendal.

We have selected a large number of properties that are within close proximity (20km) of rock climbing opportunities. Click on `Browse our cottages suitable for Rock Climbing' to view accommodation that will ensure you are never too far away from your next rock climbing challenge!

Green Crag
Green Crag

Situated at the head of Warnscale Bottom (a bothy) this large lump of rock offers a range of routes in a great setting. It can be accessed from Gatesgarth - about 30 minutes walk.

Helm Crag
Helm Crag

This is a small crag just outside the village of Grasmere with some steep routes which are tougher than they first appear to be. Easily accessed from the roadside.

Buckstone How
Buckstone How

This is a sunny south facing slab which is popular due to its easy accessibility. It boasts some excellent middle grade routes on good rock

Bowfell Buttress
Bowfell Buttress

Overlooking the upper reaches of Mickleden this classic mountain crag offers many routes most of which are over 100m in length. It can be chilly, it is north east facing but don't let that put you off.

Climb 365

Rock climbing to suit all abilities based in the heart of the Lake District. Classes include beginners climbing, guided climbing and classes for woman or the over 50's. Tel: 01539 739186

Castle Rock of Triermain
Castle Rock of Triermain

An impressive and attractive crag with classic routes just four miles from Keswick. Take advantage of the sunny aspect on the South Crag.

White Ghyll
White Ghyll

A pleasant walk of around 30 minutes from Stickle Barn car park White Ghyll is a fantastic venue with many great routes from single pitch climbs to mountaineering classics.

Tilberthwaite Quarry
Tilberthwaite Quarry

Excellent routes adorn this slate quarry. It is easily accessed from the car park 3km from Coniston.

Gimmer Crag

This has to be one of the UK's best crags which dominates Mickleden with its grey buttresses and slabs.

Neckband Crag
Neckband Crag

A hidden gem in upper Langdale this crag features fine groove and crack climbing on excellent rock. It's a bit of a walk (over an hour from the Old Dungeon Ghyll) but it's well worth it!

Goat Crag

This collection of crags opposite Bowderstone Crags on the west side of Borrowdale have many different routes to offer the climber.

High Crag
High Crag

High Crag offers the climber open climbing on excellent rock which is positioned fantastically. It can be chilly here though so take your jacket!

Keswick Climbing Wall

Set on the edge of the town this 300 square metre climbing wall offers those of no or little experience the chance to try out climbing. They also offer other activities such as Kayaking, canoeing and mountain walking. Tel: 01768 772000

Hodge Close Quarry
Hodge Close Quarry

An impressive hole with a deep pool offers divers and rock climbers a great place to indulge in their hobby

Black Crag
Black Crag

Made from the best quality rock in the Lake District this crag has some outstanding routes and the views aren't bad either!

Mountain Sense Mountain Activities

A centre providing high quality personal guiding and instruction for a range of activities including Rock Climbing, Ghyll Scrambling, Mountain biking and navigation. Based in Keswick the surrounding mountains offer the greatest selection of climbing in Northern England. Tel: 01768 780312

Pavey Ark

You will need a whole day for this one, `GoLakes' have described it as a full mountain experience!

Wallowbarrow Crag
Wallowbarrow Crag

This crag is mainly made of clean fast drying rock. Here you can enjoy some classic routes in a stunning location.

Sergeant Crag Slabs

Located in upper Borrowdale this popular crag boasts excellent views from the top. There are plenty of climbs on these compact slabs so even on busy days you should be able to find your own route up.

Lakeland Climbing Centre

This is the largest indoor climbing wall in Cumbria. There are leading walls up to 20m high, top roping and dedicated bouldering wall. Indoor and outdoor instructions are available. Refreshments, gear and guidebooks are all on sale on site. Tel: 01539 721766

Napes Needle - Great Gable

Perhaps one of the most striking rock climbing challenges in the Lake District Napes Needle is not for the faint hearted!

Dow Crag
Dow Crag

This is one of the Lake Districts major climbing venues. Here you will find excellent multi pitch routes on good quality rock. The views aren't bad either.

Raven Crag (Walthwaite)
Raven Crag (Walthwaite)

Located just above Chapel Stile in Langdale this is a great crag with a good mix of single pitch routes on mostly good rock. Close to the roadside it's perfect for a shorter visit.

Flat Crags
Flat Crags

If you are looking for a challenge this is the place to go. Here you will find some of the hardest routes in Langdale. Accessed from the Old Dungeon Ghyll it forms the eastern edge of the Great Slab.

Raven Crag
Raven Crag

This crag offers a fine selection of routes and has the added bonus of a pub just below it!

Gowbarrow Crag
Gowbarrow Crag

Just above Pooley Bridge and easily accessible from the roadside Gowbarrow is south facing and offers some really worthwhile climbs on the middle crag.

Ambleside Climbing Wall

This is a fantastic climbing venue in Ambleside with indoor climbing wall, bouldering room and small cafe. These superb indoor facilities are open to all those over the age of 5 and with opening times which extend on into the evening - its great for when you can't get into the hills.