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“Via Ferrata Xtreme a must do!”

Honister Slate Mine
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US$93.25*
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Private Tour: Lake District Day Trip from Windermere
Ranked #4 of 74 things to do in Keswick
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Honister Slate Mine is a unique award winning experience, England's last remaining working slate mine and England's very first Via Ferrata!!
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 10 July 2014

We planned our trip to the lake district around a booking we made some months beforehand for the Via Ferrata Xtreme at Honister. We bought a day pass which was £55 each and included lunch with a drink, a mine tour and the Via Ferrata.

The mine tour was around 1.5 hours and whilst it was child orientated the guide Roland did a great job of keeping everyone's attention and sharing the story of Honister slate mine.

The Via Ferrata Xtreme was for 3 hours and I would recommend this wholeheartedly. The guide Steve was a good laugh and did a great job. The wire bridge was fantastic especially when Steve gave it a good shake to make it more exciting(!!) and the rock climb was so exhilarating. The views at the top are a welcome reward after the hard work!

I'd recommend take some water, we had a Camelbak which did the job perfectly. Also wear good walking shoes. If you're thinking about doing it, go for it - you won't regret it :)

Thank Zedbees
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Although we only stopped briefly to admire the views (as we were travelling to Ravenglass for the narrow gauge steam railway) there are a few walks around here for all abilities. If you are interested in the history of slate mining or wish to purchase slate souvenirs which are produced on site there is a museum and coffee/gift shop.

Thank Gail F
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We did a day pass and loved every minute. The staff were enthusiastic and informative, the Via Ferrata was exhilarating for all the family and we braved new possibilities! Can't wait for the zip ride down the Rock face! The lunch and mine tour were equally good. A really good family day out!

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

brilliant and very interesting facinating place lots to see and the shop is brilliant.the tour guide really new her stuff and made it fun

Thank Debbie S
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We had been to Honister before but had not gone in to the slate mine tour. On this visit we booked in to the tour, which was quite busy. It was a very interesting tour which lasted an hour and a half, yet still had enough of interest to retain a young child's attention throughout. It gave a great sense of the history of the mine, and also the sheer hard labour that the miners put in to extract good quality slate.

We didn't have time for the Via Ferrata but will hopefully do that next time.

Also well worth looking at the slate for sale, excellent value for house signs and garden stones.

Thank Allan B
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