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Rock Climbing, Yorkshire Dales

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Our rock climbing experience gives you the opportunity to learn basic rope work and experience both climbing and abseiling in Yorkshire.  Our bouldering and rock climbing sessions take place in the heart of the Yorkshire

Dales and are perfect for beginners. We can also tailor the session to give a challenge for those with more experience – feel the adrenaline rush as you scale the rock face!

What to Expect

Rock climbing involves climbing up, down and across (called traversing) natural or man-made rock walls. It’s hard work and physical exertion! So much so that rock climbing has even been added to the roster for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo! Although man-made walls are great fun and can be really challenging, at How Stean we like to climb the real thing. This is why we go rock climbing in Yorkshire at Brimham Rocks! With our instructors present, it is completely safe but gives you the exhilaration that only real rock faces can.

In the Yorkshire Dales we are blessed with a fantastic array of gritstone and limestone rocks which are absolutely perfect for climbing. These rocks are famous over their country for their unique shape and labyrinth-like formation. The rocks themselves are perfect for rock climbing as they have natural foot and handholds that make them perfect for beginners, but can also become a bit of a challenge if desired! Brimham Rocks are situated nice and close to How Stean Gorge and it’s a beautiful drive through the Dales to get there. Once you arrive there are multiple opportunities for rock climbing only a short walk away, so you can get on the rocks straight away and without any hassle!

Personal Development

There are several personal development benefits to be gained from rock climbing– especially rewarding if you’re trying it as part of a school trip or team building activity:

  • Strengthen communication skills – Listening and being receptive to your instructor when ascending is just as important as when abseiling down the rock face
  • Learn to trust – It takes a lot to trust that someone is holding you while you lean back over a steep drop when abseiling after your climb. Great for team working skills!
  • Build self-confidence – Scaling a rock face and abseiling is an effective way to develop self-belief and confidence to try new and scary things, overcome fears and build resilience.
  • Become reflective – Evaluating your own and others’ experience in order to spot strengths and weaknesses to build on for next time!


*This activity is also available as a residential or school day trip activity. Please see our educational package details here.


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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.


Please read our Terms and Conditions Prior to Booking

Rock climbing FAQs

How much does it cost?

1 Guest = £190

2 Guests = £115pp

3 Guests = £85pp

4 Guests = £70pp

5 – 8  Guests  = £60pp

What’s included?

  • Briefing
  • Rock climbing experience
  • Abseiling experience
  • All equipment
  • An expert instructor

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.

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.

Where do we meet?
Because you’ll be climbing at Brimham Rock, you’ll meet the team at Brimham Rocks car park: Harrogate, HG3 4DW.

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

For a young person under the age of 18 this this need to be completed by the parent or guardian.

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.

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

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