How Stean Gorge, Lofthouse

Canyoning / Rapelling Tour · Hiking / Camping Tour
How Stean Gorge is a limestone gorge in Nidderdale in North Yorkshire, England. It forms a unit of the Upper Nidderdale Site of Special Scientific Interest.. The gorge lies between the villages of Stean and Lofthouse and extends for about a kilometre along the course of How Stean Beck, a tributary of the River Nidd.

The limestone here is an inlier in the millstone grit which prevails on the surface in Nidderdale. It is a subaerial gorge, some 15 to 20 metres deep, to which a series of vadose caves drain, a reversal of the usual pattern of underwater capture in a karst landscape.
One of the side caves, Tom Taylor's Cave, is said to be named after a local highwayman who sought refuge there. It leads from the north side of the gorge and emerges in a nearby field.
The gorge and Tom Taylor's Cave have been operated as a tourist attraction since the 19th century. The attraction now offers gorge walks and access to the cave, and also canyoning and a via ferrata.
You can plan Pateley Bridge trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Create an itinerary including How Stean Gorge

How Stean Gorge reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 5.0
393 reviews
  • Charismatic area of North Yorkshire, friendly staff, encouraging expert through the fantastic activities of climbing and gorge walking that felt like an epic workout. If I lived near here, I’d go...  more »
  • What’s an amazing experience. You 100% get your moneys worth and is such good fun. Had an amazing instructor Scott which encouraged us throughout. Couldn’t fault the experience  more »
  • Build a plan

    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it

    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package

    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!

    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Popular things to do in Pateley Bridge

Duration: 1h 30 min
Duration: 30 minutes
Duration: 2h 30 min
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Pateley Bridge

Duration: 2h 30 min
Duration: 2 hours
Duration: 2 hours