The best locations for ice climbing

14 April 2024
2 min

From frozen waterfalls in Wales to Cairgorms in Scotland, get your crampons stuck into these.

Do you find rock climbing not satisfying enough for you? Looking for more of a thrill? Try ice climbing instead. Indoor walls are a good place to start out but once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll be ready to head out with a guide and get your crampons stuck into the real thing.

Here are some of our favourite destinations for Ice Climbing in the UK.

Great End, Kendal, England

For a great day of Lakeland ice clumbing, the ice filled gullies at Great near Scafell Pike are just what you need. Other good spots include Blea Water and Helvellyn – England’s third highest peak. Cumbria’s best ice climbing conditions are usually in January and February.

Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia, Wales

Snowdonia’s frozen faces are perfect and one of the most popular destinations for ice climbing in the country. The ice climbing valley, with ice lines that descend from rocks above Lln Idwal provide routes like Devils Appendix (the tallest single-drop waterfall in Wales). These areas are legendary among locals, and what makes this destination even better is the valley has its own temperature gauge so you can check the conditions before you trek out to reach the location.

Northern Corries, Cairgorms, Scotland

Scotland’s icy peaks boast some of the best outdoor ice climbs in the world, the Northern Corries in the Cairngorms National Park offer easy access and a full range of grades from beginner to expert. 

Search our guides to find a local guide in one of these ice climbing areas, we are certain you won't be dissapointed!