Caving – explore the mysterious underground passages of the Yorkshire Dales!

Prepare to be amazed! Hidden in the Caves beneath your feet there are miles of rifts, tunnels and chambers waiting to be discovered. There are many amazing sights to be encountered as you climb, scramble and slide around Nidderdale and the rest of the Yorkshire Dales.

Walk, Climb, Abseil or crawl – it’s your choice but don’t expect to keep clean! During a Caving Experience You could find yourself wading through water, climbing underground waterfalls and sliding through mud. If you are looking for something a bit different and don’t mind getting dirty then this is for you. We have numerous options and routes with a varied difficulty, so if small spaces aren’t your thing no need to worry.

Caving in The Yorkshire Dales

Whether you’ve never been caving before or you’re an experienced potholer – there is lots for you to explore underground in the Yorkshire Dales. Our friendly professional outdoor adventure team will tailor each session to suit your needs and abilities.

Girl looking to climb down waterfall whilst caving at How Stean Gorge in Yorkshire
Each caving session is a half day adventure. There are several sites to choose from if you want a full day of caving. To make a special fun day you could combine your caving with one of our other outdoor activities.





Read about some of our Caving Locations, Experiences and Venues we have lots of options on our door step or minutes drive from the centre.

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If your selected date is within the next 12 days you wont be able to book online. Don’t worry we can probably still fit you in please call our office on 01423 755666

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Visited for a caving and abseiling experience day with my partner. We loved every minute, the guides were very friendly and patient, and made their greatest effort to make our visit as exciting as possible! We definitely plan to come back in the summer to look around the gorge and take part in another activity! ***** 5 stars
Holly Kettlewell

Yorkshire boasts some of the best caving opportunities in the country. This is the last major frontier of discovery in the UK.

Caving FAQ’s

  1. How much does it cost?
    This 3 hour experience costs £45 per person with sessions starting at 09.30 am and 2pm daily. We run sessions on Friday and Saturday evening for groups 6pm – 9pm at a special price of £400. Please arrive approximately 30mins early to complete medical forms.
  2. What ‘s included?
    • Briefing
    • Caving Experience
    • All Safety Equipment
    • Caving Suit, Wellington boots, Helmet & Head Torch
    • A Friendly, Highly Qualified Caving Instructor
  3. How fit do I need to be?
    You will need to have a basic fitness level to participate in this session, but if you are up for a challenge we can take a more challenging route.
  4. Why choose How Stean Gorge?
    You will be safely cared for by our friendly, professional, highly experienced instructors who hold British Caving Association qualifications Local Cave Mine Leader Award LCMLA or the Cave Instructor Certificate CIC. At How Stean we have the highest quality equipment so you can thoroughly enjoy your experience.No need to get changed on the side of a road or car park. Our onsite facilities including changing rooms, hot showers and cafe are all available to freshen up after your activity.
  5. Can I take the whole family?
    Of course! Anybody aged 7 years and above can go caving. Those who do not take part can watch some of the other activities from the bridge. While away the rest of the time exploring the gorge and caves tourist attraction or enjoying refreshments in our onsite cafe. (children must be accompanied by an adult).
  6. What is the minimum number of people I can book?
    No minimum number to book, just make sure you book in advance. It’s great fun for stags dos, hen parties and groups of friends and family.
  7. Where do we meet?
    At How Stean Gorge – you’ll meet the instructors in the reception area. HG3 5SY Please note you will need to provide your own transport to our caving activities from How Stean which is a very short drive away.

What do I need to bring?

Wear comfortable clothes and wellies. We supply all safety equipment including a caving suit and knee pads. However, we cannot guarantee that you’ll stay clean so please bring a towel and change of clothes.

Medical Consent FormPlease read our Terms and Conditions Prior to Booking

We have so much to offer

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