Rock Climbing & Abseiling

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It's a great place to start rock climbing

What is rock climbing?

Rock climbing involves climbing up, down and across (called traversing) natural or man-made rock walls.  We like to climb the real thing!

Our rock climbing sessions will get you on the gritstone face to test your nerve and skill. You will learn basic rope work and experience both climbing and abseiling. Feel the adrenaline rush as you scale the rock face.

We can now offer rock climbing here at How Stean Gorge - a natural wonder - on one of our specially designed routes up the gorge walls. Come and be one of the first to experience this special activity. How Stean Gorge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi) because if it's limestone rock.

Alternatively you can try your hand at some of the climbs at Brimham Rocks,  only a few miles away.  Brimham Rocks is a natural adventure playground and hosts a variety of different rock climbing routes.

Both locations are within Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - so wherever you want to climb you'll get a great view.

Ideal for beginners or a challenge for experienced climbers

No matter whether you have climbed before or not we will tailor the 3 hour session to suit your requirements and abilities under the guidance of our fully qualified instructors.  So whatever your ability there will be locations suitable for you. Once you’ve tried it we are sure you will want to do it again … and again

Minimum group Number....

As this activity is based offsite from How Stean Gorge at Brimham Rocks, there is a minimum booking of £180 inc VAT (4 people)

If you don't have 4 people don't worry. The Via Ferrata & Climbing Course onsite at would be an ideal 2nd choice as during the summer months there is no minimum group size.

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Great facilities at How Stean Gorge

With hot showers, changing facilities, campsite and restaurant all onsite, you can enjoy your rock climbing and return to freshen up as soon as the activity is over.

Ideal for families, education and youth groups and hen and stag dos.  Transport available with our own minibus.

Rock Climbing & Abseiling FAQs

What do I need to bring?

You will just need comfortable clothing and flexible footwear with good grips. We supply all safety equipment but recommend you bring clothing suitable for the days prevailing weather.

Is there a minimum group number?

This half day Climbing and Abseiling session is only available with a minimum booking of £180 (4 people). If you don't have 4 people The Via Ferrata & Climbing Course onsite at would be an ideal 2nd choice as during the summer months there is no minimum group size.

Where do we meet?

We will meet you at Brimham Rocks car park, Harrogate HG3 4DW

Can I take the whole family?

Of course! Anybody aged 7 or over can take part. Those who do not take part can watch the climbing. At Brimham Rocks there are suitable places for younger children to scramble over rocks providing they are accompanied by an adult. There is plenty at How Stean to keep younger children occupied under the guidance of an adult.

Is it safe?

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