Honister features England’s first Via Ferrata – a dramatic Alpine-style three-hour mountain climb using a fixed cableway and harness, which allows visitors to follow the old miners’ route up the exposed face of Fleetwith Pike (2126ft), the peak that’s right above the mines. It’s terrifying and exhilarating in equal measure – though you don’t need climbing experience to do it, you should check out the photos and videos on the website first to see what you’re in for.

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