Looking for a true Yorkshire canyoning experience?

Our canyoning experience day includes climbing to the top of an incredible series of waterfalls, with gorgeous views around the Yorkshire Dales National Park, followed by abseiling down a series of eleven waterfalls with water cascading around you. Expect to get wet!


What is Canyoning?

Canyoning is a rock- and water-based outdoor activity that involves traversing through a waterway. We think of canyoning as the ‘big brother’ of gorge walking and ghyll scrambling; canyoning includes using ropes and more advanced techniques to descend waterfalls. You can learn more about the differences between canyoning and gorge walking over on our blog.


Canyoning in the Yorkshire Dales

A group of three visitors canyoning down a waterfall at How Stean Gorge.At How Stean Gorge, we offer the exciting opportunity to achieve a vertical descent down England’s highest cascading waterfall. Standing at 650ft (or nearly 200m), this UK canyoning experience is a challenge not to be missed.

Cautley Spout is in the Howgill Fells in Cumbria on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We’ll meet you there in the morning, and our guide will teach you the various ropework techniques and technical skills required for safe canyoning in the UK.

Due to the nature of the terrain, some of the techniques you’ll encounter while canyoning are:

  • Small and large abseils
  • Jumps
  • Drops
  • Technical climbing or down-climbing
  • Slides

This activity day will involve a walk of up to 60 minutes to access the venue, followed by four or more hours to descend the canyon. You can find the itinerary for our Yorkshire canyoning experiences below, as well as guidance on what you should wear and other frequently asked questions. We’ve also posted our top tips on canyoning for the first time.

Want to avoid the walk? We also offer heli-canyoning, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take in a bird’s-eye view of the Dales before descending the waterfall.



Please call our office to book on 01423 755666.

UK Canyoning Experience Itinerary

We’ll meet you at a carpark near to the venue in the morning to put on our top-quality wetsuits and other necessary safety gear. We’ll walk to the top where we will brief you on what to expect from canyoning in Yorkshire and demonstrate how to use the equipment safely and efficiently. Then we’ll begin our descent of this amazing series of waterfalls.

Venues and Timings

We will contact you prior to our arranged date to discuss equipment sizing and other logistics for your Yorkshire canyoning experience. The majority of our venues are in the Howgills in Yorkshire and the Lake District in Cumbria, and we can arrange for you to be collected in our bus if necessary. As this activity does not take place onsite at How Stean Gorge we will not be meeting here first, unless you are staying in our accommodation.

The timings below are approximate but will give you a good idea of how the day will play out.

  • 09:00: Everyone gets together near the venue. This is a good chance to have a bite to eat and keep your energy up!
  • 09:45: We ensure that the entire group is suitably dressed and put on all safety gear. Then we’ll start making our way to the canyon.
  • 10:30: We arrive at the top of the canyon and begin the briefing and group demonstrations. Once everyone is ready, we begin our descent.
  • 13:30: At this point we will still be enclosed in the canyon, but we pause here to have some lunch.
  • 16:00: We exit the canyon, return to the car park and get changed.


Other UK Canyoning Venues Available

We mainly canyon at Cautley Spout due to the challenge and exhilaration of descending England’s highest waterfall. However, as this requires a moderate fitness level, this may not suit your group. Contact the team to discuss other venues available for your ability. We ask that you participate in a gorge walking/ghyll scrambling session (or have equivalent experience) prior to canyoning with us.

Canyoning FAQs

  • How much does it cost?

A full day of Yorkshire canyoning is £600 for a group of up to four people.

  • What’s included?
    • A safety briefing
    • A guided walk to top of the waterfall
    • An amazing descent of England’s highest cascading waterfall
    • All safety equipment, including wetsuits
    • A friendly, highly-qualified canyoning instructor
  • How fit do I need to be?

You will need a moderate fitness level to participate in this activity. As we consider canyoning as an intermediate level, prior experience in gorge walking and abseiling is necessary to safely negotiate the waterfalls and rocks. This is a step up from our usual activities.

  • Are there any restrictions?

For this activity, you must be over 14 years old. You and your group must have completed the gorge walking and abseiling session at How Stean Gorge. If in doubt, please contact a member of our team on 01423 755666.

  • Where do we meet?

We will confirm the venue following your booking.

Please complete your 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 beforehand 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 will need to be completed by the parent or guardian.

What do I need to bring?

You will need swimwear to wear underneath the wet suit. For footwear, we recommend you bring along trainers and you will also need a towel for drying off afterwards. We will supply all your personal safety/protective equipment, wet suits, neoprene socks, gloves and hood.

The canyoning was epic! It was well worth the money and I would recommend it to everyone. What made this canyoning different to me was the amount of technical rope work involved. The canyon consisted of 5+ waterfall which had to be abseiled down. Although slightly tricky after the first couple of descents we all got the hang off it and good job to as the largest abseil directly down a waterfall created an experience that will never be forgotten! Many thanks to the How Stean crew and especially to Stan for making our adventure memorable. 5 stars ***** Nic K - Tripadvisor

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