How Stean Gorge: A natural wonder

This limestone ravine carved out over thousands of years by water flow, is situated in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. The gorge is nearly a kilometre long (1/2 mile), and is as much as 80 feet deep in some areas.
Follow the winding paths, explore the caves by torchlight or take part in some amazing instructor-led outdoor activities. Book as a group or individually.


Via Ferrata – High Wire Adventure

A new addition to the How Stean Gorge attractions, the Via Ferrata, was opened in 2009. Here, visitors can experience the thrills of balancing on beams and ladders and traversing the rock face above the rushing water. New for 2014, Postman’s walk, Burma Bridge and the Tyrolean Traverse.

Gorge walking

With all safety equipment provided, you start your adventure by abseiling off the bridge and scrambling over boulders and rocks upstream. Sit under waterfalls and slide downspouts. Your adventure is filmed on headcams. A DVD is provided subject to successful recording.

Caving – Be Amazed

Explore the underground passages of Nidderdale with one of our qualified leaders. As well as being shown underground passages in Nidderdale and the surrounding area, visitors will experience climbing up waterfalls.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Learning to canoe and kayak with How Stean’s outdoor adventure team in stunning scenery at Scar House Reservoir is a unique experience. Master the art of the open canoe whilst having fun with family or friends. Our instructors are qualified by the British Canoe Union.


Rock Climbing

Rock climbing sessions are available at How Stean Gorge and on Brimham Rocks, with a variety of different routes to attempt. These are tailored for climbers with little or no experience, and an AALA approved instructor will be on hand to aid climbers.

Opening Times

How Stean Gorge is situated between Pateley Bridge and Masham. Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Admission to the gorge is free for the under 5s, family tickets are available. Onsite camping and bunkhouse are available. How Stean Gorge also has its own restaurant/shop/post office.