Want a great place to start your rock climbing journey?

Our rock climbing and abseiling sessions will get you on the gritstone face to test your nerve and skill. You will learn basic rope work and experience both climbing and abseiling. Feel the adrenaline rush as you scale the rock face. Our climbing and abseiling sessions take place at Brimham Rocks not far from our site here at How Stean. Brimham Rocks is a fantastic venue offering multiple opportunities with only a short walk from the car park, which allows your to spend the maximum amount of time participating in the activity.

Person rock climbing up rock face at How Stean Gorge in Yorkshire Dales
Climbing in Nidderdale

No matter if  you have climbed before or not we will tailor the 3-hour session to suit your requirements and abilities, under the guidance of our fully qualified instructors. So whether you've never put on a harness or you want to challenge yourself at new sites, we know locations suitable for you. Once you’ve tried it we are sure you will want to do it again and again!

Rock Climbing at How Stean Gorge

We can now offer rock climbing here at How Stean Gorge as part of our Via Ferrata & Climbing activity. After you have tackled the Via Ferrata we take you to our quarry where we have top roped climbs in place which scale the limestone walls. How Stean Gorge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi) because if it's limestone formations but we think it's special for a whole heap of reasons.

So, what is rock climbing?

Rock climbing involves climbing up, down and across (called traversing) natural or man-made rock walls. We like to climb the real thing!

instructor helping a beginner rock climber ascend the rock face

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Fabulous day at How Stean. We (mum and two boys aged 14 and 9) spent the morning rock climbing at Brimham rocks. Our instructor was brilliant. Very safety conscious but great with the boys and gave them lots of instruction on belaying and setting up the ropes. Then it was back to the gorge for a lovely homemade lunch. Right from ease of booking to the relaxed approach to everything. Brilliant day outdoors doing something totally different with the kids. Both boys had a fabulous time. 5 stars *****
Samantha T - London

Rock climbing 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. As Rock Climbing is not based off site we require a minimum of 4 people or £180 for this activity to run. Please arrive approximately 30mins early to complete medical forms.
  2. What ‘s included?
    • Briefing
    • Rock Climbing experience
    • Abseiling experience
    • All equipment
    • A highly qualified Gorge walking Guide
  3. How fit do I need to be?
    You will need a basic fitness level to participate in this activity. This session is completely tailored to you and your group so if you fancy something that will get those arms pumping, that what we will do.
  4. Can I take the whole family?
    Of course! Anybody aged 7 or over can take part. Those who do not take part can watch the climbing. At Brimham Rocks there are suitable places for younger children to scramble over rocks providing they are accompanied by an adult. Also, there's plenty at How Stean to keep younger children occupied under the guidance of an adult.
  5. Where do we meet?
    If climbing at How Stean Gorge - you'll meet the instructors in the reception area, but if climbing at Brimham you'll meet the team at Brimham Rocks car park, Harrogate HG3 4DW

What do I need to bring?

You will just need comfortable clothing and trainers. All safety equipment is supplied but we recommend you bring clothing suitable for the days prevailing weather.

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