One of Yorkshire’s most unique attractions
How Stean Gorge is officially a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a spectacular natural attraction! This steep sided chasm is almost a kilometre in length and up to 20 metres (80 feet) deep. Follow winding paths and aerial footbridges along the ravine, explore dark caves by torchlight or experience one of our exhilarating outdoor adventure activities including the new Via Ferrata – 1 of only 2 in England! Whatever the weather, the gorge is a special place to be!
How Stean Gorge is a natural playground for gorge walking and gorge scrambling enthusiasts, set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. It is also a natural choice to escape the stresses of everyday life. Armed with hard hat and torch, you can explore the river’s edge, scrambling over boulders and venturing across aerial footbridges, which transport you safely from one side of the ravine to the other, where you can explore cave systems and tunnels.
When it’s dry, the gorge provides a picturesque, sheltered site for relaxation and a scenic walk by the peaceful river. After rain, it is dramatic! You can see and feel the power of water as the torrents gush through and over the rocks, creating gurgling whirlpools. When it’s cold, dramatic ice formations turn the landscape into something resembling Narnia. Whatever the weather, the gorge is a special place to be!
Make the most of exploring the caves and tunnels
If you are feeling adventurous, explore ‘Tom Taylor’s Cave’ which takes you deep underground. Tom Taylor was reputedly a Highwayman who used to hide in the cave with his ill-gotten gains! There is one point on the journey through where you get dripped on – look up at this point and you will see a stalactite. The 300 foot tunnel leads to a cave from where you can clamber out and emerge in the middle of the camp site! See if you can spot a bat or two.