We've the best multi outdoor activities day available in the UK!

This adrenaline fuelled Big 5 multi outdoor activity day involves tackling five of our locally based activities in a single day. All five activities take place within 3 miles of our base at How Sean Gorge in Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - one of the most scenic valleys in the Yorkshire Dales.

How Stean Gorge is geographically unique, as it’s one of the only place in the UK where you can do these activities – in a single day. Lunch and drinks in our licensed cafe is included in this full day adventure package.

The five activities include:

  • Via Ferrata
  • Abseiling
  • Gorge walk / Ghyll Scrambling
  • Caving
  • Canoeing

What's the itinerary?

Firstly you'll put on a safety harness and helmet and enjoy the challenge of our unique Via Ferrata high wire course, which is only 1 of 3 in the UK.

Following that, you will get changed into our warm purpose made canyoning  wetsuits and experience the thrill of the 45 ft bridge abseil. From the bridge, you descend into the gushing water below. You will then go gorge walking or ghyll scrambling as it is sometimes known. You will feel the force of the water as you forge your way upstream. Climb through waterfalls and jump into deep pools before you turn around and enjoy sliding down waterspouts and going with the flow back to the beginning.

A well-earned lunch will be provided in our cafe before starting the adventures ahead. Lunch usually includes homemade soup, a selection or sandwiches and chips.

In the afternoon we will head to Scar House Reservoir for a session of open canoeing before exploring some of the caves and underground passages which are all around us in Upper Nidderdale.

 

Big 5 - participants doing gorge walking and via ferrata at How Stean GorgePlease note you will need to provide your own transport to canoeing and caving activities, a short drive from How Stean.

Please arrive 30 mins before your activity to complete medical forms (and to allow for any navigation issues on your drive here).

The Big 5 on Film - Share your Multi Outdoor Activity Day Adventure with Friends

The abseiling and gorge walking/ghyll scrambling sessions, the instructors' film your group with headcams. These recordings are available to purchase on our branded 16GB USB 3.0 memory pen drives at the reception.

See some of the videos on our You Tube Channel.

We did the big 5 and then had a BBQ and fire. It was absolutely perfect - everyone had a great time, the food was lovely and all staff very friendly.

Stan is a particular gem. 5 stars ***** Tom Yates

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Absolutely loved the Big Five challenge, got to be canyoning next! 5 stars *****
Amanda Martin

The Big 5 – Multi Activity Day FAQs

  1. How much does it cost?
    This is a full day of adventure and costs £95 per person for five activities including lunch. Sessions start at 09.30 am. Please arrive approximately 30mins early to complete medical forms.
  2. What‘s included?
    • Briefing
    • All Safety Equipment
    • Abseil Descent
    • Gorge Walking through the Gorge
    • Via Ferrata - High Wire Course (1 of only 2 in England)
    • Caving
    • Open Canoeing on Scar House Reservoir
    • Video Footage of Your Gorge Walking Experience
    • A Friendly, Professional, Highly Qualified Instructor
  3. How fit do I need to be?
    You will need to have a basic fitness level to participate in this activity, as we class all these sessions at a beginner level.
  4. Why choose How Stean Gorge?
    You will be safely cared for by our professional experienced instructors who use How Stean Gorge for outdoor activities on a daily basis. You may find cheaper products elsewhere but our location and facilities are second to none. No walking 600m up a 50m hill or more before you start, as you are straight out of the changing rooms onto your activity.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 rocksports 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?
  5. Can I take the whole family?
    Of course! Anybody aged 7 or over can take part. It is suitable from 7 to 70+ years. We have had an 81-year-old in recently who thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Those who do not take part can watch the Via Ferrata, Bridge Abseil and part of the Gorge Walking / Ghyll Scrambling from the bridge. While away the rest of the time exploring the gorge and caves or enjoying refreshments in our onsite café (children must be accompanied by an adult). This is an ideal choice for a Corporate Event, Stag Do or Hen Party with a difference as this is the only day of its kind in the world.
  6. What is the minimum number of people I can book?
    All groups and individuals are welcome for the Big 5. No minimum number to book, just make sure you book in advance.
  7. What happens if an activity can not go ahead because of the weather?
    In the event of bad weather one of the activities may not be possible. Activities may be supplemented for another option if this happens or you will get to do more of one of the remaining activities.
  8. 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?

  • For the Via Ferrata and Caving - A set of comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If the weather isn't looking too good it is advisable to bring along a waterproof jacket and trousers
  • A pair of trainers or boots that you don't mind getting wet for gorge walking
  • Whilst gorge walking / abseiling - 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!
  • Wellies, we recommend wearing these whilst caving. We have lots of spare wellies in the stores but if you would like to bring your own please do
  • Towel and toiletries, so you can freshen up after an amazing day
  • Don’t forget to bring dry footwear and spare clothes for when you have finished.
  • Any medication you require including sun cream, hats, gloves etc

We supply all safety equipment. You can use our hot showers and changing area afterwards so don’t forget a towel.

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