Gorge Walking / Ghyll scrambling

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Gorge walking is an exhilarating experience!

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Gorge walking at How Stean Gorge (or Ghyll scrambling as it is sometimes called) is only available with our instructors. You will share the excitement of forging your way fighting against the flow of water as you scramble over boulders.  You will slide through waterspouts, sit under waterfalls and plunge into deep pools in a most beautiful location.

When gorge walking/Ghyll scrambling you will be donned in a 5 millimetre thick canyon suit, buoyancy aid,helmet socks & gloves. You will  be safely cared for by our professional experienced instructors who use How Stean Gorge for gorge walking on a daily basis. You may find cheaper products elsewhere but the location and facilities are second to none. No walking 600m up a 50m hill or more before you start, as you are straight out of the changing rooms onto your activity.

We start with a 45 foot abseil off our specially constructed bridge. This bridge has gallows over gateways which open in the centre to allow you to be comfortably sat in your harness before venturing over the deep drop into the gorge.  Once at the bottom your guide will then lead you through plunge pools both up and down gorge. There are swim sections, waterfall sections and a short cave to explore.  A good two hours gorge walking experience in the water.

Gorge Walking /Ghyll scrambling- on site facilities

Family sized showers, toilets and modern changing facilities are all on site for when you have completed your gorge walking. We have 10 (6 male, 5 female) individual shower cubicles all with hot water of course. For those who do not want to dip their toes in, we have a café on site and a new viewing area is being contructed..

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.

What is Gorge Walking/ Ghyll scrambling?

This depends where you are. Gorges, Canyons, Ghylls or Ravines are deep sided valleys with a stream or a river running through, mostly found in limestone in the United Kingdom. Gorge walking is not an activity to partake on your own as in many ways it is caving with sky. There is only one way in and one way out, full of hard rocks and water that can vary with the weather. This is not a place to have an accident that is why How Stean only allows qualified assessed instructors to lead this activity.

Gorge Walking / Ghyll scrambling at How Stean Gorge

How Stean Gorge was probably given its name in Victorian times when the railway was able to bring tourists up the dale. Prior to that How Stean Beck derives from the Swedish Ho Stean Beck, meaning Basin or trough (Ho), stone (stean) and stream (beck).

To publicise the venue it was branded as Little Switzerland where much larger gorges come down from the glaciers. How Stean Gorge was formed during the last ice age.

How Stean is more of a ravine, where the steep sides drop directly into the water especially the upper reaches. This means the only way to follow the gorge is to proceed through the water. The bed of the beck has multiple holes formed by faults and ground out by water erosion driving stones to make round holes in the floor of the beck. Even in dry spells water it trapped in these areas where the only way through is to swim. These areas also give the customer the opportunity to jump from the rock ledges into the deep pools.

How Stean Gorge customers are provided with 5mm wet suits, hard hat buoyancy aid. The only way in is by abseiling off our purpose built bridge 45 foot above the gorge.  Gorge walking is best enjoyed as a group activity and as a general rule; everyone is out of their comfort zone so end up helping each other along the way.

Outdoor Activities for Individuals and Groups

All groups or individuals are welcome for gorge walking. It is suitable from 7 to 70+ years. We have had an 81 year old in recently who thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Stags, Hens and families all have as much fun.  No minimum number to book, just make sure you book in advance.

Gorge Walking /Ghyll scrambling on Film - Share your Adventure

The Gorge walking sessions are filmed on headcams and a free copy will be sent to the person who booked your day. This is subject to a successfull recording of your session.  See some of the videos on our You Tube Channel.

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

What our customers thought about the experience:

'How Stean is set in beautiful surroundings. The instructor was excellent fun but very safety conscious too and made the whole experience a fab one.  An activity which all the family can take part in'.   Ms A. P - Abseil and Gorge walking

"Wanted to do something different for a birthday present and knew that how stean gorge was a nice place from previous visit but wanted to try out 1 of the big 5.  Tom was an amazing instructor made us all feel special we had a lovely day."  Miss W, Newcastle - Abseil and Gorge walking

"Matt was a brilliant guide and both him and Stan made us really welcome from the offset. We were blown away by the gorge itself and had so much fun gorge scrambling"  Miss B, Gorge walking

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

Gorge walking and abseiling are also part of our 'Big 5 - Multi outdoor activity adventure day' - where you take part in 5 activities all in one day including the Ultimate Via Ferrata, Caving, Canoeing.

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Gorge Walking / Ghyll scrambling FAQs

What do I need to bring?

When Gorge Walking you will need swimwear to wear underneath the wetsuit and an old pair of shorts to wear over the top to protect the wetsuit bottom and yours! We recommend you wear old trainers or wellies but don’t forget to bring dry footwear for when you have finished. We supply all safety equipment.

Can I take the whole family?

Of course! Anybody aged 7 years and above can go gorge walking. Those who do not take part can watch some of the activity from the bridge and then while away the rest of the time exploring the gorge and caves or enjoying refreshments in our onsite café. Children will be well occupied in our play area right next to the café (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Is it safe?

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

Can I Cancel

There are occasions when you may decide to cancel your booking. If we have 4 weeks’ notice we can reschedule, however shorter than that this and we may incur loss due to lost capacity. Just as you buy a theatre ticket or holiday, How Stean Gorge is not in a position to refund you for your being unable to attend. Deposits are not refundable but may be transferred to another day if at more than 4 weeks’ notice

What if I am sick or unable to attened

Cancellation Insurance We aim to be as flexible and understanding as possible, however, we do recommend that you consider purchasing appropriate cancellation insurance.

Can I cancel my booking under the 14 day rule.

Contracts for accommodation, transport of goods, vehicle rental, catering or services related to leisure activities if the contract provides for a specific date or period of performance are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/310044/bis-13-1368-consumer-contracts-information-cancellation-and-additional-payments-regulations-guidance.pdf