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Caving - explore the underground passages of Nidderdale

Be prepared to be amazed!  Discover what is right beneath your feet as you walk around Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The choice is yours - walk or crawl, abseil or climb, keep dry or get wet. Maybe combine a bit of everything.

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You could find yourself wading through water, climbing underground waterfalls and sliding through mud. If you are looking for something a bit different and don’t mind getting dirty then this is for you.

Whether you've never been caving before or you're an experienced potholer -  there's lots for you to explore underground in the Yorkshire Dales. Our friendly professional outdoor adventure team tailors each session to suit your needs and abilities.

Caving takes place underground where the rain collects so activities can be curtailed by weather conditions. Our team constantly monitor the environmental conditions for all activities.  For your weather update visit How Stean Gorge weather station.

Each caving session is a half day adventure.  There are several sites to choose from if you wanted a full day of caving.  To make a special fun day you could combine your caving with one of our other outdoor activities.

Outdoor Activities for Individuals and Groups

All groups or individuals are welcome.  It is suitable from 7 to 77+ years. StagsHens and families all have as much fun.  No minimum number to book, just make sure you book in advance.

The Big 5 Multi Outdoor Activity Day - Let's make it a full day of adventure

Caving is part of our 'Big 5 - Multi outdoor activity adventure day' . This is where you take part in 5 activities all in one day. This includes the Ultimate Via FerrataCanoeingGorge walking and Abseiling.  The Big 5 also includes lunch in our restaurant on site.

Start times

Sessions at 09.30 am or 2pm daily, in addition to these we also run sessions Friday & Saturday evening for groups only 6pm - 9pm at a special price of £400. Please arrive roughly 30mins early to complete medical forms.

Great facilities, Just a stones throw away from our activities.......

Family sized hot showers, changing facilities, campsite and restaurant at How Stean Gorge.  You can enjoy your caving and return to freshen up as soon as the activity is over.

Caving FAQs

What do I need to bring?

Wear comfortable clothes and wellies. We supply all safety equipment including a caving suit and knee pads. however, you are not guaranteed to keep clean so bring a towel and change of clothes for after the activity.

Can I take the whole family?

Anybody aged 7 or over can take part. There is also plenty for younger children to do at How Stean Gorge providing they are accompanied by an adult.

Is it safe?

Yes. All our activities are supervised by our highly trained and experienced instructors.