Looking for an action packed day out for families?

Explore a natural wonder on your family day out with the kids in the Yorkshire Dales!

Fun for Families- 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.

Families exploring the cave at How Stean Gorge Visitor Attraction

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.

Absolutely amazing, we visited with an age range of 4-67 and everyone loved every minute. Definitely recommend. 5 stars *****
Hirstz – Leeds

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.

Families Day Out at How Stean Gorge

List of Activities available (7yrs+):

What a great place! We are a family of 5 and booked the “Big Five”- a whole day’s worth of activities with lunch thrown into the deal. The activities were challenging for the kids, between the ages of 10 and 15, and they loved all of them. Gorge walking was probably the favourite of the day. The instructors Mike and John were reassuring and gave us all confidence- thank you to you both- you were fabulous. Thank you Stan for making us so welcome. The complementary Go Pro footage was a great keepsake. If you are considering a trip to How Stean-go for it- it’s definitely worth doing. 5 stars *****JJLHU – Chelmsford

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 home?

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!

We also have bunkhouse/barn barn accommodation nearby:

  • How Stean Bunkhouse
  • Scar House Bunk Barn
  • Nidderdale Bunkhouse

View alternative accommodation in Nidderdale here.

When are you coming to visit us?

We have so much to offer

Find out more about the facilities and services available on-site

Read about our facilities here