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Family day out with the kids today?

Explore a natural wonder on your family day out with the kids in the Yorkshire Dales! Only 35 miles from Leeds & Bradford.

Family fun no advance booking required!

How Stean Gorge is a spectacular limestone gorge with winding pathways, narrow bridges, underground caves and an active stream still forming mysterious shapes and pools.  You can explore these winding paths and caves armed with your hard hat (advisable for those places where you have to duck!) and a torch. The paths are ideal for children to explore as there’s no straight lines and it’s bumpy in places. It is a superb natural feature so small children will need to be supervised as there are shear drops and ledges.  How Stean Gorge is completely natural and a Site of Special Scientific Interest so it’s also protected.

Live Camera at How Stean Gorge

You’ll find fossils forever frozen in the rocks beneath your feet. You can also search for bugs and beasts.  You’ll see the clear water beneath the bridges where you may even spot a trout or two. You may even see an otter come for his lunch!  Bats lurk in the caves too, but I bet they’ll be more frightened of you!  More information about How Stean Gorge here.


Family Fun – advance notice required but well worth it!

How Stean Gorge specialises in fun outdoor adventures especially outdoor family fun.  We have gorge walking, abseiling, the via ferrata – high wire adventure course, caving, rock climbing all on site with canoeing taking place at Scar House Reservoir only 3 miles away. If you’re 7 years or more you’ll love these activities because you’re going o explore places that aren’t open to the general public – special or what!  Booking is essential as all these activities are led by our expert team of instructors, but there’s no minimum number to book so everyone can join in the fun.  Height restrictions apply to the via ferrata – high wire adventure course so if you are 1m 43 cm (4 feet 6 inches) or taller you’ll be able to do the newly extended course.

List of Activities available (7yrs+):

Is it lunchtime yet?

You can buy cakes, snacks and drinks in the shop and there’s a 50 seater licensed cafe where you can enjoy main courses and light lunches and delicious desserts – all homemade by our fabulous cooks!

When you’ve got to go, you’ve just got to go!

Toilet facilities and baby changing are available in the cafe and also in the Facilities Building near the car park.

Babies are welcome to…

If you need hot water or milk warming up we can sort that too.

Are we there yet?

How Stean Gorge is located in Lofthouse, near Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire.  It’s a special journey whether you come from the north or south with lots of things to spot along the way.  For sat nav purposes use: HG3 5SF

Do we have to go?

We have a 30 pitch 3 star camp site with modern family sized showers, washing areas and toilets and if you don’t have a tent, no worries we have four 8man tents to hire. Campfires are allowed and fire pits are available free of charge subject to availability so you can toast your marshmallows to your hearts content!

How stean Gorge has two Bunk Houses

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