Abseiling Experience UK – Abseil into a Gorge or Down a Waterfall

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Abseiling is the exhilarating experience of leaning backwards off a steep drop while being lowered down on a rope. Sometimes you may use your feet for a controlled descent down a ridge while at other points you may be lowered off a structure into free hanging space. Don’t worry – you’ll be tightly secured in a harness! The Yorkshire Dales area is considered one of the most beautiful places to abseil in the UK. Our abseiling locations in the UK include How Stean Gorge, Brimham Rocks and Nidderdale.

What to Expect

Abseiling is a fantastic way to overcome a fear of heights! Before you start, an expert instructor will secure you into a safe and snug harness and equip you with a hard helmet. You will be given instructions on the best way to hold onto your rope and guide yourself safely down the descent before leaning back into the thrill of a lifetime!

Yorkshire Abseiling Experiences to Choose From:

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, some of the most amazing abseiling locations in the UK

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.

Experience the rush as you lower yourself off the bridge and descend 45 feet into the gorge below – expect to get wet!

Get your adrenaline pumping as you descend one of these extremely steep watercourses!

Visitor smiling as they are about to abseil down a waterfall at How Stean Gorge. View of the Nidderdale Valley behind them.Personal Development

There are several personal development benefits to be gained from abseiling – especially rewarding if you’re trying it as part of a school trip or team building activity:

  • Strengthen communication skills – Listening and being receptive to instructions is the key to a successful abseil.
  • Learn to trust – It takes a lot to trust that someone is holding you while you lean back over a steep drop. Great for team working skills!
  • Build self-confidence – Abseiling is an effective way to develop self-belief and confidence to try new and scary things, overcome fears and build resilience.
  • Become reflective – Evaluating your own and others’ experience in order to spot strengths and weaknesses to build on for next time!


*This activity is also available as a residential or school day trip activity. Please see our educational package details here.

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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.

Please complete you consent form before arrival by clicking the ‘View Required Documents’ tab on your booking invoice, this will allow you to complete the forms online.

Completing before hand will mean we can get straight out on activities without delay.

If you are organising a group booking you are able to send a consent form directly to all participants via email or by copying your unique link by clicking the ‘share’ tab. The group organiser can share this link on any social media platform Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber etc

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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