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Rock + Water

Exhilarating climbing, abseiling, ghyll scrambling, paddle boarding and canyoning adventures in and around Keswick, the heart of the Lake District

If you’re looking for adventure in the Lake District, let ROCQUA take you on an exciting rock and water experience!

Our rock and water adventures will get you climbing, abseiling, ghyll scrambling, paddle boarding and canyoning your way through the beautiful Lake District, come rain or shine! We cater for various group sizes, whether you’re looking for a family day out with the kids, a couple’s weekend away, a daring stag or hen party, or a team building day for your staff. It doesn’t matter if you’re 8 or 80 years old, we’ve got the activity for you to take on!

Rock adventures

Our indoor and outdoor rock adventures in Keswick, the Lake District, will challenge both beginners and experienced climbers alike. Get the adrenalin pumping with an abseil down some of the best crags in Keswick, or maybe take on the climbing wall for an introduction to the sport.

1-Hour Climbing taster session - keswick

Get to grips with our 1-hour climbing taster session, an action-packed hour which is the perfect introduction to climbing. From £20 per person

Indoor Climbing - keswick

Designed for complete beginners. The perfect way to blow off some steam, meet new people and work out at the same time! From £40 per person

Outdoor climbing - keswick

Take on an exhilarating climb at one of the many stunning Lakeland crags, chosen to best suit your climbing experience level. From £40 per person

Dark Descent Night-time abseil - keswick

Descend deep into the darkness with our night-time abseil. A truly dark, adventurous activity for those who dare to take it on! From £50 per person

Abseiling - keswick

Don’t look down! Conquer your fears and brave the drop over a sheer rock face, just a stone's throw from Keswick town. From £40 per person

Water adventures

Ghyll scrambling and canyoning are the perfect all-weather action adventures, and a must do when in the Lake District - if you’re brave enough! If you want to slow things down, join us on the paddleboards as we take in the awesome scenery of Derwentwater in Keswick and its stunning mountain views.

Ghyll scrambling - Stoneycroft, keswick

A must do when in Keswick and perfect for beginners. There’s no better way to explore than to scramble down a tumbling stream! From £40 per person

Paddle boarding - Keswick

The perfect activity to view Keswick from a different angle! Explore Derwentwater’s islands, wildlife and stunning mountain views. From £40 per person

Canyoning - Stoneycroft, keswick

Our canyoning adventure is one for the thrill seekers! Descend the steepest section of Stoneycroft ghyll by abseil, taking in scenery that can't be seen from a footpath! From £50 per person

Stoneycroft Linked - keswick

An intensive double activity of ghyll scrambling and canyoning at Stoneycroft ghyll, in the beautiful Newlands Valley, Keswick. From £80 per person

Rock + Water adventures

Our rock and water adventure days are the most fun you can have in a wetsuit! We combine the best outdoor activities you can do while in the Lake District - climbing, abseiling, ghyll scrambling, paddleboarding and canyoning. These exhilarating day trips are action packed for the ultimate thrill seeker!

Adventure Day - keswick

Take on the ever-popular Stoneycroft ghyll scramble before climbing and abseiling down one of the best local Lakeland crags. From £100 per person

Ghyll & SUP Day - keswick

Action and tranquillity all in one! Scramble down Stoneycroft ghyll and then onto Derwentwater for an afternoon of paddle boarding. From £75 per person

Coniston Connect - coniston

Two fantastic activities together in one day! A wet and wild ghyll scramble followed by a sheer cliff abseil - will you brave the descent? From £100 per person

ROCQUA Day - keswick

Our best in show! An action-packed day of climbing, abseiling, ghyll scrambling and canyoning for the ultimate adventurer! From £120 per person

Steve Cunnington
Brilliant experience. Three of us did canyoning with guides Brian and Emma. Beautiful scenes and great fun scrambling, abseiling, rock pool jumping etc. Provided hot chocolate and brownies. We were sent loads of great pictures and videos too.
Victor Sánchez Roig
Amazing experience, you can tell the people running the business are in love with nature and have a priority of making the whole experience as fun as possible.
We had an amazing ghyll scramble with Brian and Emma, such fun and amazing guides. This is a brilliant experience for families (our boys are 12 & 15), groups, couples or friends of any age! We will Definitely do another activity with Rocqua
Fraser McGuinness
We had a fantastic time with Brian and Emma, doing both the canyoning and scrambling. The experience was awesome, well worth doing both activities! There are a lot of different company experiences to choose from, but you won’t be disappointed with this experience, it was awesome!!! Thanks again!
Denny Kwong
Emma and Brian were amazing hosts for a spot of outdoor climbing and abseiling with our family with 2 kids aged 8 and 12. They were professional, patient, fun and safe. We look forward to come back for their other activities if not just for Emma’s brownies!!
Ronan McEgan
Incredible service and experience, can’t recommend enough. Booked for a friend’s stag do and everything went perfectly. So friendly, super organised, really care about ensuring you have the best time and know the area and their work so well. Felt in very safe hands and went the extra mile. Would definitely book again!
Charlotte Hornby
Fantastic time with Emma and Brian! As a group of friends we did the ghyll scrambling on Saturday and it was amazing! Slides, jumps and belly flops were the highlights! Emma and Brian were friendly, patient and made us feel safe! Topped off my action shots throughout perfect for Instagram pics! Extra touch of hot chocolate and homemade brownie really finished off the session! Highly recommend, we will be back!
Ruby Skerratt
Wow what a day We did the SUP and Ghyll Scrambling day and it was such a great adventure! Started off with the paddle boarding in the morning at Derwent water which was nice and chilled. Brian was super informative and gave us loads of local info about the surrounding fells and paddle boarding techniques. He kept it fun and engaging and was great to chat to as we boarded to an island in the lake. Afterwards we parted ways for an hour lunch break before meeting up at the start of the ghyll scrambling location. Then we scrambled! It was tons of fun, jumps, dives and slides. The ghyll has something for everyone, Brian gave us options to take a more daring options and jumps if we wanted to. Brian was great with us the whole way, lots of encouragement, support and keeping us safe. Overall we had such a great time, Brian thought of everything to make the experience great and even ended the day with homemade brownies and hot chocolate courtesy of Emma :) The meeting places were easy to find and the equipment list ahead of time was thorough. All wetsuits etc and safety equipment were all provided as well as a tent to change inbetween activities. He also took loads of photos and sent us them afterward which was amazing. Can’t recommend enough for anyone who’s up for trying something different. Thanks a lot! See you on the canyon scramble :) Ruby & Dean
Faye Horan
I am so happy I chose this company, the experience was amazing, the instructor was so friendly and informative, the personal touches were so thoughtful for my daughters birthday. I wouldn’t even think of doing any of the experiences with any other company 5 stars from us. We will definitely be booking with Rocqua again. Thank you.
Jessica Brown
Wow! What an incredible morning we had on Sunday with Brian and Emma. Our first ghyll scrambling experience and it definitely didn't disappoint. Brian gave us a brief history of the area we were in before explaining how the morning would look. Brian and Emma both were encouraging but not pushy, communicating throughout the experience as to foot placement / positioning when sliding, or jumping, or going backwards, or belly-flopping :) They clearly know their stuff, love what they do and as a result - they work so well as a team. It was seamless! Thank you so much for the experience, it woke us up and served as a bit of reparative cold water therapy for our weary legs after a day walking prior to this!!! The brownies and hot chocolate were a welcome surprise and was a lovely touch (as was meeting your gorgeous poochie)! We would certainly come back to Rocqua for future experiences and would not hesitate to recommend :)

Your ROCQUA guides

Rocqua is run by avid outdoor adventurers Brian Robinson, his wife Emma, helped of course, by Busta the dog (the real boss!)

Brian and Emma are seasoned professional outdoor activity instructors and have a combined work experience of over 30 years, both in the UK and Jersey. Busta the dog, who you may get to meet on some activities, is still learning the ropes, but he’s mostly there for treats and belly rubs!

Both Brian and Emma are passionate about their work, and enjoy taking people out of their comfort zones and showing them what they’re truly capable of when in the right hands – with a few laughs thrown in for added entertainment! Living just a stone’s throw from Keswick means they are never far from the action, and most of their days are spent in the water, rather than out of it!

Whether this is your first outdoor activity, or you’ve done this before and are back for another exhilarating ride, ROCQUA will be your guide to some of the best rock and water adventures you can have while staying in the Lake District.

the ROCQUA team - Brian, Emma and Busta