Canyoning in the Yorkshire Dales – who’s in?

Looking for a true canyoning experience? Canyoning is the ‘big brother’ of gorge walking and ghyll scrambling it s not the same as it requires the use of ropes to descend the water falls.How Stean Gorge is now offering this new exciting opportunity to canyon down England’s highest cascading waterfall.

Thrill-seeking is an understatement when you climb to the top of the waterfall surrounded by majestic views of the Yorkshire Dales then abseil down it’s 11 waterfalls with water gushing over head. If you are up for a challenge then this is the one for you. A full day descending one of the very best canyons in the UK.

Many outdoor providers offer Canyoning, but unfortunately mis sell the customer Gorge Walking and do not deliver a true Canyoning Experience. We are currently 1 of the 2 providers which offer this product in Yorkshire and one of a very small handful in the UK that offers a true Canyoning Experience.

canyoning - people walking to top of Cautley Spout with How Stean Gorge Outdoor Team, Yorkshire Dales

Canyoning in the Yorkshire Dales

After meeting in a nearby car park we’ll put on the very best canyon wet suits and equipment. We will walk to the top where we will then brief you with what to expect and demonstrate how to use the equipment safely and efficiently. Then we’ll begin our descent of this amazing series of waterfalls which are called Cautley Spout.

The broken cascade of falls tumbles a total of 650 feet (198 m) down a cliff face at the head of a wild and bleak glacial valley that flows down from a high plateau called The Calf. Cautley Spout is in the Howgill Fells in Cumbria on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Due to the nature of this terrain you will encounter multiple small and large abseils, jumps and drops, technical climbing/down climbing and slides. Your friendly guide will teach you the various rope work techniques and technical skills required to descend safely.

This canyon will involve a walk of up to 60 minutes to access the venue, followed by 4+ hours to descend the canyon. The walk is well worth the effort for this amazing day!

people sliding down waterfall - canyoning with How Stean Gorge's Team

So, what is Canyoning?

Canyoning is the descent of a steep watercourse which includes using more advanced techniques than those typically used in gorge walking and ghyll scrambling.

Venues and Timings (Approx)

We will contact you prior to our arranged date to discuss equipment sizing and logistics. The majority of our venues are in the How Gills, Yorkshire and Lake District, Cumbria. Collection in our bus can be arranged 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.

  1. 09.00
    Meet at Cafe near selected venue for briefing and a bite to eat if required, then travel to venue.
  2. 09.45
    Kit up and start walk into venue.
  3. 10.30
    Arrive at head of Canyon, Group Demonstrations and Briefing. Then Start decent of the Canyon.
  4. 13.30
    A quick bite to eat, at this point as we will still be enclosed in the Canyon.
  5. 16.00
    Exit and head for cars and get changed.

Other 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 be for you. Contact the team to discuss other venues available for your ability. We recommend you participate in a gorge walking / ghyll scrambling session prior to canyoning.

People abseiling down waterfall - canyoning with How Stean Gorge's Outdoor Adventure Team

Please call our office to book 01423 755666

Please read our Terms and Conditions Prior to Booking

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

Canyoning FAQ’s

  1. How much does it cost?
    A full day of canyoning is available from £120 per person. We need a minimum of 2 people to run this trip.
  2. What ‘s included?
    • Briefing
    • Guided Walk to Top of the Waterfall
    • An Amazing Descent of England’s Largest Cascading Waterfall
    • All Safety Equipment including wet suits
    • A Friendly, Highly Qualified Canyoning Instructor
  3. 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 enjoy and negotiate the waterfalls and rocks. This is a step up from our usual activities.
  4. Why choose How Stean Gorge?
    You will be safely cared for by our professional experienced instructors who operate in many Canyons throughout the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District. Many outdoor providers offer canyoning but unfortunately mis-sell the customer gorge walking and therefore do not deliver a true canyoning experience. We are currently 1 of the 2 providers who offer Canyoning in Yorkshire and 1 of a very small handful in the UK that offers a true canyoning experience.
  5. All our Canyoning Guides have received training from the UK Canyon Guide Association, so you can be assured we operate at the highest possible standard as your safety and enjoyment is our highest priority.
  6. Can I take the whole family?
    Sorry, this is our only activity where you need to be over 14 years old. You and your family must have completed the gorge walking and abseiling session at How Stean Gorge or had some prior experience of abseiling to conquer the largest waterfall in England. If in doubt please contact a member of our team on 01423 755666.
  7. What is the minimum number of people I can book?
    We require a minimum of two people – please see ‘How much does it cost’ information in question 1.
  8. Where do we meet?
    We will confirm the venue dependent on location of canyon

What do I need to bring?

You will need swimwear to wear underneath the wet suit and an old pair of shorts to wear over the top to protect the wet suit bottom and yours! 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.

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