Climbing, Mountaineering and Fell Running


Fell Running
and Walking


  • Fell running guiding

  • Mountain marathon preparation

  • Navigation for runners or walkers

  • Trail runner to fell runner transition days

  • Skills for fell and trail runners and racers

  • Guided walks

  • Challenge events

Climbing and Scrambling
  • Guided classic rock routes

  • Moving out days

  • Group climbing and abseil sessions

  • Learn to lead & skill development days

  • Guided scrambling

  • Scrambling horseshoes

  • Alpine preparation days

Wild Camping and Backpacking
  • Guided family wild camping 

  • Single night exploration

  • Multi night backpacking trips

  • Fast and light backpacking

  • Mountain Marathon Preparation

  • Corporate and team building

Technical Advice and Event Support
  • Technical advice for events and races

  • Qualified marshaling teams and services

  • Technical advice for schools, outdoor centers, climbing walls and freelance instructors

Run and Rock Guiding is a culmination of a life time of adventuring in the outdoors and over twenty years of instructing, guiding and coaching outdoor activities.

We offer bespoke mountain experiences to individuals and small ratio groups.  Predominately operating in the beautiful Lake District you will get a unique experience and insight from a born and bred Cumbrian.

Owner of Run and Rock Guiding Paul Aitken has a massive array of experience in the mountains.  Paul is an Inov-8 Ambassador and was one of the selected few who paced Killian Jornet on his record breaking Bob Graham Round in 2018 due to his intimate knowledge of the fells.  He has extensive Rock Climbing experience across the UK and further afield and has fast traverse times on many classic ridge scrambles including the Cuillin and Aonach Eagach.

Fell running is at the heart of Lake District tradition and we offer a variety of guided adventures to meet your aspirations. We also offer navigation and skills courses that will prepare you for the fell running challenge of your choice. Be it a traditional Guide Race, a classic Lakeland horseshoe such as Borrowdale or the Bob Graham Round

Many Rock Climbing legends have formed their reputations on the iconic crags of the Lake District, if you want to follow in their footsteps on classic routes on any of our famous mountain crags then we are the people.  How do you fancy ticking off the famous 'classic', 'hard' or 'extreme' rock routes of the Lake District?

Whether you are after a gentle introduction to outdoor rock climbing and scrambling or a progression into multi-pitch climbing then we offer tailor made skills courses for the complete beginner or seasoned trad climber.


Run and Rock Guiding

Helm Lea

The Banks





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