Put yourself to the test by trying one of only three challenging via ferrata & high wire climbing activities in Britain. Round off your half-day activity with a free hanging abseil and rock climbing!

Via Ferrata
Set within our site in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, our high wire course of cables, ladders and beam criss-crosses 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!

CHECK – Are you tall enough? We need you to be able to reach the wires! Our minimum for this activity is 140cm (4’6).

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!

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Via Ferrata, Abseil and Climb in the Yorkshire Dales

After a briefing, you will put on a climbing safety harness and helmet. You’ll then start your adventure on our Via Ferrata Practice Course where you will learn all the skills required to keep you safe along your journey. You will learn how the ‘buddy’ system enables you to work together with your fellow adventurers.

When you’re ready you will move to the ‘real thing’ – where your skills will be put to the test!

First, you cross the beam over the gushing water below, then traverse the gorge walls using a network of metal cables. Finish off with a number of aerial cables spanning the gorge.

  1. The Postman’s walk: one top cable and one cable to walk on.
  2. The Burma Bridge: two hand cables and one foot cable.
  3. The Tyrolean Traverse: a top cable, with pulley – like a horizonal zipwire.

Once you’ve cracked the via ferrata we can up the challenge with an abseil from the bridge. This takes you back onto the high wire course – which we can now reverse!

If you crack on through all of this really well we can wrap up your session with top rope climbing in our quarry. This is immediately beyond the end of our via ferrata course!

Loved the Via Ferrata today. It was just the right mix of scared and excited
Cadi Lambert


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Via Ferrata 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. We run sessions on Friday and Saturday evening for groups of 10 6pm – 9pm at a special price of £400. Please arrive approximately 30mins early to complete medical forms.
  2. What‘s included?
    • Briefing
    • Practice Session
    • Via Ferrata – high wire course transversing the Gorge
    • Top roped Climbing in our quarry
    • All Safety Equipment
    • A Friendly, Highly Qualified Via Ferrata Instructor
  3. How fit do I need to be?
    You will need to have a basic fitness level to participate in this session.
  4. Why choose How Stean Gorge?
    You will be safely cared for by our professional experienced instructors who use How Stean Gorge for activities on a daily basis. How Stean Gorge is a spectacular limestone ravine that continues to be carved out 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, with a lower height limit of 1m 40cm. Those who do not take part can watch from the bridge, while away the time exploring the gorge and caves tourist attraction or enjoying refreshments in our onsite café.
  6. What is the minimum number of people I can book?
    All groups and individuals are welcome to tackle the Via Ferrata and Climbing course. No minimum number to book, just make sure you book in advance. It’s great fun for stag does, hen parties and groups of friends and family.
  7. Where do we meet?
    At How Stean Gorge – you’ll meet the instructors in the reception area. HG3 5SY

Medical Consent Form

Your instructor will provide you will a Medical / Consent Form on arrival. 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?

We recommend you wear comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and trainers. You will be brushing the gorge walls during the activity so get ready to get dirty. Please bring along a waterproof coat and trousers just in case of rain. You can use our hot showers and changing area afterwards so don’t forget a towel. We supply all safety equipment.

A definite tick off my bucket list! He (the instructor) was great fun and a credit to the company. After completing the incredible Via Ferrata, we immediately went into the abseil from the bridge followed by the gorge walk. Both were fantastic experiences I'll never forget. I cannot recommend How Stean enough. Lea Hudson

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