This full day Learn to Via Ferrata Course is aimed at adults who would like to be self sufficient on basic introductory Via Ferrata trails.

The aim of the course is to assist participants in developing the correct techniques, knowledge and confidence to complete basic Via Ferrata such as those found in the south of France. How Stean Gorge are lucky enough to host to 1 of 3 the Via Ferrata Courses here in the UK, our site is an ideal venue to learn all the skills required to get you up and running.

To maximise your learning this course has a maximum ratio of 6 participants to 1 professional instructor, this enables more 1:1 time consolidating your skills.

Learn to Via Ferrata Yorkshire Dales

Course content

The course will be of a mostly practical nature and will take place at our Via Ferrata here at How Stean. For the theoretical aspects we will take advantage of our spectacular events space and cafe, complete with glass floor and top of the range facilities.

The course will start with introductions and a brew at 9am, and we aim to be finished by 5pm.

Lunch and refreshments included.

See the Itinerary tab below for a detailed run-down of the day’s events.

Booking & Cost

Please call a member of our team on 01423 755666 or email with your required date . This course is ran by one of our Mountaineering or Caving technical experts and we will need to ensure one is available for your course dates required.

For this course to go ahead we require a minimum of 4 participants (or minimum value of ), £130pp inc your lunch & refreshments.


1: The Via Ferrata
• History
• Location
• Sporting and High Mountain
• Grades

2: Equipment
• Helmet
• Harness (sit and full body)
• Lanyards (different set ups, shock reduction and short cowstail)
• Rope (25- 30m 9 or 10mm)
• Pulleys (yellow and grey petzl with short attachment sling)
• Sling and HMS karabiner
• Footwear
• Gloves
• Emergency equipment carried in small rucksack: Warm layer, waterproofs, food, water, headtorch, suncream, 1st aid, phone, map/ compass e.t.c.

3: Techniques
• Fitting of equipment
• Use of lanyards for safety, progressing on; vertical, horizontal and diagonal. Resting.
• Shockloads, how to avoid/ limit. Fall Factors
• Crossing bridges (monkey, nepali, plank)
• Use of pulleys on tyrolean traverses. How to progress, how to brake.
• Use of rope for extra security. Attaching and shortening the rope. Moving together horizontally. Belaying vertical sections.
• Regaining cable. Use of sling.
• Etiquette. Considering other users.

4: Hazards
• Other Users
• Weather
• Rockfall
• Damaged Via Ferrata

5: Planning
• Route knowledge (guidebooks, topos, grade, length)
• Escape routes
• Descent/ return
• People (suitable team for suitable route)
• Weather (accurate forecast, where to get one and how it will affect your route)
• Equipment

6: If things go wrong
• Phone, numbers and emergency services.
• Retreat.
• Emergency equipment.

Please complete you 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 before hand 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

The day will be mainly outside and practical in nature please bring along

  • Waterproof coat & trousers
  • Sturdy footwear e.g approach shoes or boots
  • Personal clothing to keep you warm and comfortable
  • Any medication or personal items you may require
  • Gloves

Lunch & refreshments will be provided by How Stean Gorge

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