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Jaws of Borrowdale

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Honister Pass

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Honister Factory

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Fleetwith Pike

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The Mine

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Original Riving

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Riving Today

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Slate Processing

Outside Adventures


The original and best Via Ferrata in the UK. Using the original Miner’s track up the precipitous outer incline of Fleetwith Pike, the addition of a continuous cable made climbing this magnificent Lake District Mountain achievable and safe for everyone. We offer three packages; Via Ferrata Classic, Via Ferrata Xtreme (includes “Skywalking”)  and our thrilling  Infinity Bridge the longest of its type in Britain.

All Day Pass


There is so much to do at Honister we know it can be difficult to fit it all in. That’s why we offer a range of All Day Passes which allow you to explore the mine in the morning and then climb to the top of the mountain, using either of the Via Ferrata routes, during the afternoon. We also provide a light lunch. Make savings compared to the individual package prices and have a truly amazing day.

Inside Adventures


A great day out regardless of the weather! We offer a range of mine tours ; Kimberley (our most popular tour suitable for all ages), Honister (takes you to the edge of the mountain then deep inside) and the Climb in the Mine then specialist tours Industrial History Tour, Ecological Mountain Flower Tour.  We also offer The Cathedral Tour which allows you to take a look deep inside a fully working mine.

Welcome to Honister!

Located at the head of Honister Pass in the centre of the Lake District, we produce the world famous Westmorland Green Slate – a beautiful, functional material that has been extracted here for centuries.
Our slate is over 450 Million years old


Check out Radzi from Blue Peter taking the challenge of our Via Ferrata Xtreme, Watch Honister on CBBC’s ‘WILD’

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Jules Brown

“Better than the Great Barrier Reef…The Lake District’s biggest thrill, don’t even think of coming to Honister and missing the Via Ferrata   Jules Brown, Editor, Rough Guide to England.

Jules BrownRough Guide To England

“This developing attraction is exciting, interactive and unique in the area creating an adventurous and memorable experience for a wide range of visitors yet remaining true to the principles of sustainability and helping to support a number of jobs for local people. Visitors can not only experience the great Cumbrian outdoors but also see first hand the restoration of the Lake District slate mining industry.”

2014 Cumbria Tourism Awards Judge

JudgeCumbria Tourism Awards 2011

The Borrowdale Valley 

“The Lake District is the loveiest part of England and Borrowdale is the fairest of its Valleys”

 Alfred Wainwright, visits honister with Eric Robson

Mark Weir

Tribute to Mark Weir “Honister is owned by a local family and is a supporter of the Lake District community, economy and the environment.

Every penny you spend at Honister helps support the mine and our young people.”

Mark Weir

Some of our Via Ferrata Videos

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