5 year round adventures in Nidderdale
Day 1– Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks are a collection of rocks scattered across 50 acres of moor in North Yorkshire. Looked after by the National Trust, the rocks are open to public viewing 365 days a year alongside a visitor centre, shop and kiosk area.
Over the millions of years, the rocks have been eroded into weird and wonderful shapes, with nicknames such as the Sphinx, the Eagle, Idol rock, the Turtle, the Camel and the Dancing Bear. All these rocks are there for you to sit and have a picnic on, scramble over, crawl through or simply for you to admire.
No matter what age and ability you bring along there Is plenty to keep the whole family entertained, there is even easily accessible paths for those with pushchairs/wheelchairs.
Day 2 – Scar House Reservoir
Scar House Reservoir lies hidden away right in the heart of upper Nidderdale. The whole area is maintained by Yorkshire water and Is there for you to explore the rough terrain and amazing architecture. The dam wall is a great place to take in the peaceful yet impressive scenery, especially on the viewing points. Along the route you can walk up to Angram reservoir and watch the water flowing through the dramatic arches.
Once you have finished your exploring you can return to the car park where there is toilets and the cabin – a cafe provided by how stean gorge. The perfect way to warm yourself up with coffee and cake. If you wish to extend your stay, there is also a bunkhouse available.
Day 3 – How Stean Gorge.
If you fancy something a little more adventurous, How stean gorge is the perfect place to challenge yourself. There is so much natural beauty to explore on the visitor attraction, including Tom Taylors cave and how stean tunnel, or scramble your way down to the waters edge and along the paths under overhanging rocks. If you are seeking an adrenaline rush, there are activities provided such as gorge walking, abseiling, canoeing, caving and via ferrata.
Once you have explored or partaken in an activity there is a cafe and shop with a glass floor overlooking the gorge, only for the brave to stand on.
Day 4 – Nidderdale Llamas
For the animal lovers out there, why not try llama trekking??? Suitable for all ages and abilities, this is the perfect way to get out and explore the area of outstanding natural beauty but why not take a llama or alpaca with you! The Llamas put people at ease, very friendly and gentle and of course are non-judgemental.
There are a range of treks to choose from and other activities such as llama therapy and hen parties. You can even adopt your very own llama!!
Day 5 – Stump Cross Caverns
No matter what the weather, stump cross is open and available for you explore at your own pleasure.
Pop on a helmet, take yourself down a set of steps, deep into the underground world right beneath our feet. There is plenty of impressive cave formations to admire whilst still remaining dry and mud-free.
Geoff workman gained the world record for longest time spent underground in this very cave – a whopping 105 days!!!
There is also a recently refurbished cafe and shop to visit after you have finished your cave exploration. If you fancy some underground adventure why not try some adventure caving