We constantly mention Canyoning, Gorge Walking and Gorge Scrambling on our web site and literature and people always ask what is the difference between the three activities. Some adventure's and Adventure companies say there is no real difference between the three, there are essential parts to these activitives they are - River Walking, low level mountain walking, Low level unassisted climbing, traversing, river crossing, scrambling, low/Mid/High/Highest level jumps into plunge pools and deep gulleys and wild swimming.
All three activities are highly popular with Stag Groups, Hen parties, Youth Groups, Corporate Events, Team Buliding, Birthday Parties, Team Bonding and Challenge Events. This is where I see the three activities being seperated into different Events.
Gorge walking has all the components but on a lower level basis and in a less challenging enviroment, the person involved should have more option to opt out of certain components if they do believe them to be un-suitable, they are more inclined to be able to miss certain parts of the activity by opting out, and the path of the gorge should be more accesable, river crossings are easier as are climbs and scrambles and jumps should be low to mid level .
Gorge Scrambling has more commitment, the enviroment will more challenging, more technical climbs and scrambles, river crossings will be more extreme, traverses trickier, and the Jumps higher than on the Gorge Walking, Mid to High level.
Canyoning is the most extreme of all with far greater commitment, the enviroment will be more challenging and remote, climbs and scrambles more technical, higher and harder, the terrain and access and egress harder and more severe and the jumps Mid to High to Highest of all the activities.
All three activities have components to suit different groups and their requirements, many military groups opt for the canyoning where as school group's opt for the Gorge Walking and many Stag Groups Opt for The Gorge Scrambling. There is always an activity for everyone, so no matter which is chosen the out come is always the same, exhilaration and pure enjoyment.