Rock Climbing -Via Ferrata - High Wire Adventure in Yorkshire
This half day activity includes double the fun...Rock Climbing in the quarry area of the lower gorge and also our famous Ultimate Via Ferrata Course.
'Via Ferrata' is literally 'iron way' in Latin. A Via Ferrata was originally used as a safe system of climbing across rocky surfaces and getting men from one location to another. They were first built for soldiers to climbing to access vantage points in the mountains of Europe during the war.
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You can now put yourself to the test on this challenging activity at How Stean Gorge. Wearing climbing safety harness and helmet you will start your Ultimate Via Ferrata adventure on the practice route. Here you will learn how the ‘buddy’ system enables you to work together with your fellow adventurers. Then it’s time to move onto the ‘real thing’ where your balance skills are tested. First, you cross the beam over the gushing water below. The next stage is to climb across the gorge walls using a network of metal cables.
The Ultimate Via Ferrata Experience - New for 2014
The Ultimate Via Ferrata is an extension to the original course. This includes a number of ariel cables spanning the gorge. The first being a Postman’s walk (one top cable and one cable to walk on). Then you move on to the Burma Bridge (two hand cables and one foot cable). Finally negotiate your way across the Tyrolean Traverse (a top cable, with pulley to move across the gorge).
The Big 5 Multi Outdoor Activity Day - Let's make it a full day of adventure
The Via Ferrata at How Stean is the second of its kind in the UK. It was built in 2008. The first being at Honister Slate Mine in the Lake District 2007. New for 2014, Vertical Descents Scotland have installed their first course based near Fort William. This course runs beside the third biggest waterfall in Scotland, The Grey Mare's Tail.
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.
Hot family sized showers, changing facilities and restaurant onsite. You can freshen up as soon as the activity is over.
Rock Climbing – Via Ferrata – High Wire Action FAQs
What do I need to bring?
We recommend you wear old, comfortable clothes and trainers. You will be brushing the gorge walls during the activity so be prepared to get dirty. You can get showered and changed afterwards so don’t forget a towel. We supply all safety equipment.
Can I take the whole family?
Anybody aged 10 or over can take part, with a lower height limit of 1m 40cm. Those who do not take part can watch from the bridge or while away 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.