Accessibility Guide for How Stean Gorge

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How Stean Gorge is leading visitor attraction offering access to a natural wonder, a unique, glass-floored café, a campsite and wide range of adventurous activities at the site of a spectacular limestone ravine in the Yorkshire Dales.

Improvements in accessibility to the gorge began in Victorian times, when exploring caves, grottos and caverns became very fashionable, and reached new levels in 2017 with the opening of glass-floored café and viewing area extending out across the ravine.

The attraction now maintains a network of narrow paths and bridges to a high standard, giving access to small tunnels and caves for anyone comfortable moving on uneven terrain with steps, overhanging rock and slippery rocks.

Our trained staff offer more adventurous experiences such as abseiling, canoeing, climbing, caving and gorge walking in ways which ensure they are genuinely accessible.

Please get in touch if you require any further information about specific access or need advice on planning your visit.

At a Glance

 Level Access

We have level access from the drop-off & limited parking area to:

  • Our Reception and Booking Area
  • Our Café and Glass-Floored Viewing Area
  • Our Indoor and Outdoor Dining Tables
  • Our Unisex Accessible Toilets
  • Our Shop


  • Our staff have disability awareness training
  • Our adventurous activities are all accessible to visitors with hearing impairments


  • Our glass doors have contrast markings
  • Our walls and doors have colour contrast.
  • Our indoor areas are all well lit
  • Our menu is available in large print
  • Our adventurous activities are all accessible to visitors with visual impairments


  • We have a complimentary ticket policy for personal assistants
  • Our staff have disability awareness training

Getting here

  • How Stean Gorge
  • Lofthouse
  • Harrogate
  • HG3 5SF

  Travel by public transport

  • Nidderdale DalesBus 821 serves the How Stean Gorge. See link for route & timetable
  • The nearest bus stop is in Lofthouse, 0.4 miles / 0.6 km from How Stean Gorge

  Travel by taxi

  • Pam’s Taxi in Summerbridge offers private hire and others operate from Harrogate
  • Accessible taxis should be booked in advance. To access the attraction please ask to be dropped off at our front entrance


  • We have a drop-off point at our main entrance. Our drop-off point has a dropped kerb
  • Our accessibility provision includes three parking bays adjacent to the drop-off point
  • Our main parking is 50m beyond the drop off point on a gentle slope with crushed stone surfacing.

Our drop off point

How Stean Gorge reception, café and drop of point.


Our restricted parking area

Disabled parking bays.


 Accessing our café, reception, shop and viewing area

  • The path from our drop-off to our café entrance is over 990mm wide and level
  • The main entrance has a small, gentle sloping ramp
  • The door is 840mm wide and can be propped open

   Inside our café, shop and viewing area

  • The café, shop and viewing area is all at one level and the floor is carpeted
  • All routes through the indoor area are at least 800mm wide
  • We have extensive seating, all of which is well and evenly lit
  • Our menu is offered in large print
  • We occasionally have live music
  • Any background music will be turned off on request
  • Our tables and plates have high colour contrast
  • We cater for sugar free (diabetic), vegetarian and gluten free (celiacs) specific diets
  • With advanced notice, we cater for all dietary requirements


 Public toilet

Unisex Accessible Toliet

  • We have a public toilet for disabled visitors within our café and reception area
  • Everywhere in the café, reception and shop has level access
  • Our toilet door is 800mm wide & the toilet seat is 480mm high.
  • We provide horizontal grab rails to the left of the toilet
  • We provide a 740mm table for baby changing

Accessible toilet equipt with hand rails, baby changing and a low hand sink.

Customer care support


  • We welcome all dogs, including assistance dogs, and provide water bowls for them
  • The nearest exercise and toilet area for dogs is across the bridge

Emergency evacuation procedures

  • We have emergency evacuation procedures for all visitors.
  • In the case of an evacuation, all customers inside the café will be led to safety by a member of staff

Customer care support

  • Our staff have disability awareness training.


Guide last updated: 7th July, 2021