Gorge Walking at it's best!

Gorge walking at How Stean Gorge (or ghyll scrambling as it is sometimes called) is an exhilarating experience. You enter the gorge by Abseiling directly from the bridge above then forge your way against the flow of water as you scramble over boulders, slide down waterspouts, sit under waterfalls and jump into deep plunge pools.

There is also plenty of time to venture through a couple of Caves along the way How Stean Tunnel and Tom Taylors Cave. Admire the leafy scenery in one of the most beautiful locations in England, Nidderdale - An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Gorge Walking in The Yorkshire Dales

When gorge walking or ghyll scrambling at How Stean Gorge, Yorkshire. We provide you with a purpose made Canyoneering wetsuits which are the warmest on the market. 5mm thick on arms and legs then 10mm around the core including a hood ensuring you can enjoy your experience to the full. You will also receive neoprene socks, gloves (in the colder months), helmet and buoyancy aids for those that are not confident swimmers.

We enter the gorge by abseiling 45ft from our purpose built Abseiling frame which is attached to our bridge. The bridge has a gateway which opens to allow you to be comfortably sat in your harness before venturing over the deep drop into the gorge. Once at the bottom your guide will then show you the way - Jump, Slide, Swim and Climb your way as you ascend and descend the gorge.

Gorge walking and Ghyll Scrambling is best enjoyed with family, friends or a also group activity and as a general rule; everyone is out of their comfort zone so end up helping each other along the way.

Group Gorge walking against the water current at How Stean Gorge, Yorkshire

What's special about How Stean Gorge?

How Stean is a steep ravine, where the steep sides drop directly into the water especially the upper reaches. This means the only way to follow the gorge is to proceed through the water. The bed of the beck has multiple formations formed by faults and water erosion. Stones and small boulders have been trapped by the rushing water and have aided in eroding the Limestone creating potholes . Even in dry spells we have water all year around, the only way through is to swim. These areas also give the you the opportunity to jump from the rock ledges into the deep pools. How Stean is also a SSSI.

So, what is Gorge Walking or Ghyll Scrambling?

Well, this depends on where you are. Gorges, canyons, ghylls and ravines are all valleys with a stream or a river running through, mostly found in mountainous areas in the United Kingdom or areas where geographical features allow the formation e,g in limestone like How Stean.  During Gorge Walking & Ghyll Scrambling you can ascend and decend the venue, where as Canyoning / Canyoneering you start at the top of the chosen venue and descend using abseiling and ropework techniques. How Stean only allows qualified and assessed instructors to lead this activity.

If you have been Gorge Walking or Ghyll Scrambling with us before and are ready for a bigger adventure try Canyoning. We guide multiple Canyoning / Canyoneering tours across Yorkshire and the Lake District, Cumbria.

Gorge Walking on Film - Caught On Camera

During each gorge walking session, the instructors film your group with headcams. You can purchase a branded 16GB USB 3.0 drive of your experience from the cafe. See some of the videos on our You Tube Channel.

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My husband and two of our children celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary Gorge walking. Was more than a fantastic day. Tony our leader was amazing and so helpful. I cannot recommend this place and activity enough. It was a perfect day. Thank you, we will definitely be back to do other activities with our other kids and family members.
Mandi McQuillan

Gorge Walking 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 evenings for groups of 10, 6pm - 9pm at a special price of £400. Please arrive approximately 30mins early to complete medical forms.
  2. What ‘s included?
      • Briefing
      • All Safety Equipment including Wet Suit
      • Abseil Descent
      • Gorge Walking through the Gorge
      • explore caves
      • Video Footage of Your Experience, available to purchase on a USB 3.0 16GB stick
      • A Friendly, Highly Qualified Gorge Walking Instructor
      • Amazing memories and smiles

      Remember everything is optional, if you don't feel comfortable our instructors will support you. We want you to get the most out your experience and go home with a massive smile on your face.

    • How fit do I need to be?
      You will need to have a basic fitness level to participate in this activity, as we class gorge walking as a beginner level activity but can be tailored for those wanting something more extreme.
    • Why choose How Stean Gorge?
      You will be safely cared for by our professional experienced instructors who use How Stean Gorge for gorge walking / ghyll scrambling on a daily basis. The location and facilities are second to none.
    • No getting changed on the side of a road or carpark or walking miles to the venue. We have a well stock equipment store with changing rooms, hot showers and cafe just meters away from many of our activities. How Stean Gorge is a spectacular limestone ravine carved out over thousands of years by waterflow and is the perfect location for outdoor activities like via Ferrata, gorge walking, caving, rock climbing, canyoning and abseiling. It is geographically unique, as it’s one of the only places in the UK where you can comfortably enjoy both rock sports and canoeing – in a single day. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest in Nidderdale, An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – why choose anywhere else?
    • Can I take the whole family?
      Of course! Anybody aged 7 or over can take part. It is suitable from 7 to 80+ years (our oldest participant is an impressive age of 81yrs who thoroughly enjoyed the experience and booked again to do the Via Ferrata) .
    • Those who do not take part can watch from the bridge and then while away the rest of the time exploring the gorge and caves tourist attraction or enjoying refreshments in our onsite cafe. Children will be well occupied in our play area right next to the cafe.
    • What is the minimum number of people I can book?
      All groups, families and individuals are welcome for this abseiling & gorge walking session. No minimum number to book, just make sure you book in advance. This is a firm favourite with Stags dos, hen parties and corporate days
    • Where do we meet?
      At How Stean Gorge - you'll meet the instructors in the reception area. HG3 5SY

What do I need to bring?

When gorge walking you will need a swimming costume or trunks/shorts to wear underneath the wetsuit and an old pair of shorts to wear over the top to protect the wetsuit bottom and yours! We recommend you wear trainers or boots but don’t forget to bring dry footwear for when you have finished. We supply all safety equipment. You are welcome to use our hot showers and changing area afterwards so don’t forget a towel.

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