Abseiling into a Gorge or Down a Waterfall

Take part in our Yorkshire abseiling experiences in some of the UK’s most amazing locations. Our expert instructors will secure you into a harness and hold safely onto the rope as you descend into another activity.

How Stean offers four types of abseiling in Yorkshire:

During a rock climbing session. After experiencing the thrill of getting to the top, conquer that fear of heights and abseil back down the rock face! Our 3-hour rock climbing sessions take place at How Stean Gorge or at Brimham Rocks.

During a caving expedition. You may – depending on your ability – do a free abseil or rock face abseil within the cave. There are several locations in Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that can be used. Each session is tailored to your ability and the weather.

At the start of the gorge walking / ghyll scrambling session, we do a wet abseil. Experience the rush as you lower yourself off the bridge and descend 45 feet into the gorge below.

Tackle multiple abseils down waterfalls when canyoning This will get your adrenaline pumping as you descend one of these extremely steep watercourses.

Book your Abseiling Experience Online:

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Wherever you abseil you’ll get a great view

Most of our activities involve an abseil at some point – once you’ve gone up you’ve got to come back down! Sessions are tailored to suit your requirements and abilities under the guidance of our fully qualified instructors.

Whether you’ve never put on a harness or you want to challenge yourself on new sites, we know locations suitable for you. Once you’ve tried it we are sure you will want to do it again … and again!

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Abseiling FAQs

How much does it cost?
Prices vary depending on which activity your would like to do. As a guide, our 3 hour experiences cost £45 per person and a full day canyoning is £120 per person. Please arrive approximately 30 mins before your start time to complete medical forms.

Whats included?

  • Briefing
  • Abseiling experience
  • Dependant on package – gorge walking, rock climbing or canyoning experience
  • All equipment
  • A friendly, highly qualified instructor

How fit do I need to be?
Abseiling is incorporated in many of our activities which vary in difficulty depending on the activity. If you want more of a challenge talk to our team about arranging a visit to more challenging locations.

Can I take the whole family?
Of course! Anybody aged 7 or over can take part in our half-day activities. Those who do not take part can watch the activities, and Brimham Rocks is a great place for younger children to play in the outdoors. For a full day’s Canyoning at one of our venues in Yorkshire or Cumbria, participants will need to be over the age of 14 years.

What is the minimum number of people to book?
There is no minimum number of people to book for our half day activities – individuals and groups small or large are welcome.  Heli-canyoning and canyoning are exceptions, where we require a minimum of 2 people to run the booking.

Where do we meet?

  • If you’re abseiling alongside gorge walking or vertical caving, you’ll meet the instructors in the reception area at How Stean Gorge.
  • If you’re abseiling alongside rock climbing at Brimham, you’ll meet the team at Brimham Rocks car park: Harrogate, HG3 4DW.

Medical Consent Form

Your instructor will provide you will a Medical / Consent Form on arrival. For a young person under the age of 18 this this need to be completed by the parent or guardian.

What do I need to bring?

You will just need comfortable clothing and flexible footwear with good grips. We supply all safety equipment but we recommend you bring clothing suitable for the day’s prevailing weather.

Booked the bridge abseil and gorge scramble... Never abseiled before and Ben made us all feel safe. Great scramble up the gorge and in caves. Son loved it !!!! Loved the hot shower at the end. Also the hot chocolate in the cafe! Would definitely recommend. ***** 5 stars Hadi P, Essex

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