At How Stean Gorge, we offer exciting and challenging educational outdoor activities, visits and residential packages in a safely-managed environment. For schools, this provides an opportunity for students and staff alike to venture out of the classroom whilst still building on important skills, such as teamwork and problem solving, with our packages or tailor-made schedules.

Why Choose Educational Outdoor Activities at How Stean?

Outdoor school activities at How Stean Gorge offer a unique opportunity to swap the usual ‘playground’ for an alternative playground filled with natural formations and rivers. The Gorge is a spectacular, steep limestone chasm almost 1km in length and up to 26 metres (80ft) deep in places. This Site of Special Scientific Interest gives children the opportunity to explore Yorkshire surroundings alongside qualified instructors who can teach everyone the ways and make sure everyone is safe and sound.

It’s important to remember that learning isn’t limited to the classroom – outdoor education activities allow children to learn in a unique way where they don’t even feel like they’re learning. With the usual pressures of the classroom environment left behind, it isn’t uncommon for students to come out of their shell and gain confidence during our activities.

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Outdoor Activity Centre With a Twist

How Stean Gorge stands out from your usual school activity centres; choose from canoeing, gorge walking, caving, and many more exhilarating activities. Encourage children to take a break from the electronics that they are often surrounded with, and instead give them the opportunity to stretch their legs, breathe in the fresh air, and have some fun!

These educational activities aren’t limited to schools, though. Outdoor education activities are brilliant for sports teams looking to grow the strength of the team away from their usual sport activity. The majority of our outdoor activities take place at How Stean Gorge, meaning there is limited or no need for transport once onsite.


Our 3* camping park can accommodate 30 tent pitches. Alternatively, we can offer eight new 10-man tents available for hire, set and up and ready to use! Our campsite is ideal for a 3 or 5 day package with its camp fire where groups can perfect their bush craft or toast marshmallows in the evening. Facilities include:

If you’d prefer to sleep indoors, Scar House Bunk Barn is four miles from How Stean Gorge and can house groups of up to 20 people. Scar House has two bunk rooms, a kitchen, small lounge area, and drying room. There is an outside area for barbeques or just relaxing. The toilets are modern water authority public toilets adjoining the bunk house. However there are no showers at this location. Showers are available at How Stean Gorge. Meals are included in residential stays in our onsite cafe. However, if you are coming along for a half or full day session, meals can also be provided by arrangement.

Activities to Suit Your Team

Choose from one of our ready-made packages of outdoor activities, or create a bespoke schedule for a half day, single day or multi-day residential trip. Please see more details regarding packages here. We have every ability to work around your time frame and arrange the activities that you want to include most.

Our Activities have many curriculum links and can contribute to a range of subject topics (Science, Geography, Maths, English, PSHE and History). So whether you want a team building day to motivate, inspire or reward your students or want a multi-day trip to meet specific learning outcomes we will be able to create a package to suit you

Give students the opportunity to build on friendships whilst making new ones, and also brush off the cobwebs from the school year so far.

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