Via Ferrata in Yorkshire
Put yourself to the test by trying one of only three challenging via ferrata and high wire climbing activities in the UK. Round off your half-day activity with a free-hanging abseil and rock climbing!
What to Expect
One of only three in the UK and the only Via Ferrata in Yorkshire! Challenge yourself on an aerial network of metal beams, ladders and cables set in the rocks to help you climb the cliffs of the gorge. Set within our site in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, our high wire course of cables, ladders and beams crisscrosses through How Stean’s stunning limestone Gorge – and passes right underneath our glass-floored cafe! Our spectacular abseil takes you right back onto the Via Ferrata. You’ll be swinging above the fast-flowing water of the gorge – and if that isn’t enough for you we can add in a top-rope climb on the side-walls of the lower gorge. Read our detailed guide: Everything You Need to Know About Via Ferrata – origins, what it involves, how you stay safe and more!
Our Via Ferrata is also offered with an abseil into the water and a gorge walk. This is our full How Stean Experience and gets you to see sections of the gorge not even visible from the tourist paths!
CHECK – Are you tall enough? We need you to be able to reach the wires! Our minimum for this activity is 140cm (4’6).
There are several personal development benefits to be gained from abseiling – 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 instructions is extra important at a height!
- Learn to trust – It takes a lot to trust that you’re harnessed securely while moving across a high rope course. Great for team working skills!
- Build self-confidence – Moving between ropes at a height and abseiling are 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.