Days out in Yorkshire: How Stean Gorge, Lofthouse, Harrogate

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This is an outdoor experience thousands of years in the making – literally.

How Stean Gorge, which has been welcoming visitors since Victorian times, is located in a dramatic limestone ravine which has been carved out by gallons of water over thousands of years.

And if you like high adrenaline action, you’ll be thanking Mother Nature for her craftwork.

Nestled between Pateley Bridge and Masham, this steep sided abyss is almost 1km in length and up to 20 metres (80ft) deep in places.

Rock climbing, abseiling (down a rock face or even from a bridge!), gorge walking, caving, canoeing and kayaking are all on the menu at this incredibly diverse centre of action.

And for the real daredevils, it’s definitely worth checking out their Via Ferrata course – newly extended and one of only three in the UK.

Originally built for soldiers to access vantage points in the mountains of Europe during the war, a Via Ferrata was used as a safe system of negotiating rocky interfaces and getting men from one location to another. Nowadays, it’s a ticket to adventure.

If you can keep your eyes open long enough, then take a camera for some pics. Make sure you pack a waterproof and wear suitable footwear too.

On site, there’s also a café, shop, free wi-fi and even a campsite with tent hire.

With children’s birthday packages available, it’s a great option for adventurers of all ages.

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Price: Adults £5.75, children £3.50, family £16 (see website for season ticket and deals)

Opening times: Weekly 10am to 5pm (see website for more)

Address: How Stean Gorge, Stean, Lofthouse, Harrogate

Car Parking: On site

Attraction website: www.howstean.co.uk

Telephone: 01423 755666

Sat nav: HG3 5SF

For more days out see www.yorkshire.com

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