Looking for a true canyoning experience? Canyoning is the ‘big brother’ of gorge walking and ghyll scrambling – but with a twist: it requires the use of ropes and more advanced techniques to descend waterfalls. At How Stean Gorge we can offer the exciting opportunity to achieve a vertical descent down England’s highest cascading waterfall at 650ft (nearly 200m). – Cautley Spout.
If you’re up for a challenge then this is the one for you.
Thrill-seeking is an understatement when you’re climbing to the top of the huge waterfall, surrounded by majestic views of the Yorkshire Dales, ready to abseil down its 11 waterfalls with water gushing overhead. Don’t forget your towel!
Canyoning in the Yorkshire Dales
Cautley Spout is in the Howgill Fells in Cumbria on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We’ll be meeting there in the morning – not at How Stean Gorge. We’ll provide the wetsuit equipment for you.
Your guide will teach you the various rope work techniques and technical skills required to descend safely. The terrain is pretty tough, and you’ll encounter multiple small and large abseils, jumps and drops, technical climbing/down climbing and slides.
This activity day will involve a walk of up to 60 minutes to access the venue, followed by 4+ hours to descend the canyon.
See below for the canyoning itinerary, what to wear and FAQs.