Thurston Outdoor Education Centre: Ghyll scrambling policy


  1. Introduction
  2. Venue
  3. Staffing
  4. Equipment
  5. Operating considerations

Revised: January 2022


Ghyll Scrambling is a powerful team building and personal development activity run as a wet or dry session. It can be either a full or half day session.


  • Tilberthwaite Ghyll
  • Stickle Ghyll
  • Black Beck
  • Church Beck

Any other venue must be approved by the Head of Centre or deputy.


  • Ratio: The normal instructor / student ratio.
  • Staff should have knowledge of the venue. Mountain Leader Award and water safety awareness or suitable in-house training.


Centre provides all specialist equipment.

Operating considerations

  • Consideration given to helmets, harnesses, buoyancy aids, footwear and wet suits according to conditions and venue.
  • Groups should take appropriate clothing for the conditions and venue.
  • Weather forecast, water levels and any dam release dates to be checked with awareness of implications.
  • Awareness that the dynamic of a location can change and the implications this could cause.