The scenery around How Stean Gorge contains some of the most breath-taking walks in the Yorkshire Dales.
Known in Victorian times as Yorkshire’s “Little Switzerland” because of its dramatic scenery, How Stean Gorge is a natural choice to escape the stresses and strains of every day life.
Off the beaten track
Put on your walking boots and delve into untainted Yorkshire Dales countryside or take your mountain bike and go off road! Dawdle, stroll or hike – go at your own pace. Follow old drover routes and green lanes across heather clad moorland and undulating valleys. There’s miles of way marked footpaths, established walks and trails through some of the best scenery in Britain.
Passing How Stean Gorge is The Nidderdale Way, a 53 mile circular route, which leads you through the highlights of this spectacular landscape. Scar House, Angram and Gouthwaite Reservoirs as well as Great and Little Whernside are nearby landmarks and are a real test for ambitious walkers.
A haven for wildlife
Upper Nidderdale is home to red grouse, plovers, curlews, oyster catchers and lapwing. Raptors such as red kite may also be spotted soaring high above you as you walk or hike the many miles of stunning Yorkshire Dales scenery. Gouthwaite Reservoir (SSSI) is a renowned bird sanctuary and recommended location to spot waders and wildfowl and has an excellent viewing area. The heather clad moorland is also a haven for redshank and snipe and good for spotting raptors.
Only 200 metres away, follow Rabbit around the trail, solve clues and find secret boxes! Look out for Mole, he’s always around when there’s something to discover. Owl will help you learn all about nature and the fascinating countryside around you. Uncover a world of nature in the bird hide and through interactive information points.