The ultimate family day out in Yorkshire

HomeGroups – The ultimate family day out in Yorkshire

Join us for a fun packed family day out in Yorkshire!

How Stean Gorge is a spectacular natural attraction nestled in the stunning Yorkshire Dales countryside. This steep sided chasm is almost one kilometre in length and 20 metres (80 feet) deep in places. Follow winding paths and aerial footbridges along the ravine, explore caves and spot wildlife as you enjoy the woodland walk. Suitable for all ages and abilities, this attraction is open all year round with special events such as treasure hunts taking place in school holidays.

How Stean Gorge is a natural wonder not to be missed.

The Gorge

Armed with hard hat and torch,( you may purchase a small bright LED torch for £2.50 or bring your own) you will discover cave systems and passages, explore the river’s edge at your own pace venturing across narrow footbridges which transport you safely from one side of the ravine to the other.

See if you can find Aslan hiding in the depths of the gorge. The Disney commissioned oak carving of Aslan is at home among the tree lined gorge. As part of the publicity for CS Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia film Prince Caspian, Marney Hall was asked to create a garden for BBC Gardeners World Live 2008. The multi award winning garden designer won a Gold Award from the RHS panel. Aslan was carved from a single piece of oak wood by Chainsaw artist David Williams.

If you are feeling adventurous, explore ‘Tom Taylor’s Cave’ which takes you deep underground. Tom Taylor was reputedly a Highwayman who used to hide in the cave with his ill-gotten gains! You can now explore the 300ft tunnel as it leads to a cave from where you can clamber out and emerge in the middle of the camp site.  There are points on the journey where you may get a little wet from the dripping stalactites and the odd bat may be lurking in the cave to welcome you – all adding to the adventure as you explore the underground world at How Stean Gorge.

Make the most of exploring the caves and tunnels – bring your wellies!

When it’s dry, the gorge provides a picturesque, sheltered site for relaxation and a scenic walk by the peaceful river. After rain however, it is dramatic! You will see and feel the power of water as the torrents gush through and over the rocks, creating gurgling whirlpools. When it’s cold, dramatic ice formations turn the landscape into something resembling Narnia. Whatever the weather, the Gorge is a special place to be that all the family will enjoy.

The upper parts of the ravine are floodlit in the evenings giving an even more magical wonderland feel to the Gorge. The outdoors has never been as much fun.

Outdoor adventure activities

If you are looking for a bit more than a walk, why not try one of our Instructor-led activities? We offer half or full day courses on a variety of adventures including:  Via Ferrata, Abseiling, Gorge Scrambling, Caving, Canoeing and Climbing. So far participants have ranged from 6 years to 81 years! Although we generally advise activities are suitable for ages 7+ years and some height restrictions do apply. Advance booking is required for outdoor adventure activities.


For the perfect end to your family day out relax on our campsite amid stunning scenery. We have 30 tent pitches and with lots of space for children to play games, it’s a great place to meet up with friends and family!


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