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Caring canoeing for two mature novices

We had two hours of really enjoyable canoeing on the reservoir with Tom late September. He was... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
Wendy H
Leeds, United Kingdom
Family canoeing down the River Ure

Luke and Adam led our one day family expedition down the River Ure on five canoes and we had a... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Jonathan A
London, United Kingdom
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How Stean Gorge is a natural wonder. A small tight gorge cutting its way through the limestone with caves, narrow paths and foot bridges. It also has a cafe, camp site and an outdoor activity center that caters for the public from 7 years to 70 + We provide many Outdoor Activities from our onsite Outdoor Activity Centre including Gorge Walking, Ghyll Scrambling, Abseiling, Caving, Canoeing, Canyoning and Yorkshires only Via Ferrata & Climbing Course. Accomodation - Camping available for upto 26 Pitch's, we also hire out pre erected tents. We have a selection of fire pits available on a 1st come basis and a large facilities block. There are also 2 x Bunkhouses to choose from one of which is located at Scar House Reservoir just a short drive from our site in Lofthouse, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, HG3 5SF. Transport - If you are coming in a group we have 2, 16 seat minibus's which are available for hire.
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

We had two hours of really enjoyable canoeing on the reservoir with Tom late September. He was brilliant with us two ladies and we enjoyed it enormously. When the wind started getting up and we began drifting he took over direction and we did the...More

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Luke and Adam led our one day family expedition down the River Ure on five canoes and we had a fantastic time. They pitched it absolutely perfectly, with our arriving at Boroughbridge eight minutes after the rain had started! My son and I had an...More

Thank Jonathan A
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Brilliant afternoon! We are a mixed group of 13 kids (from age 8-16) and 10 adults and everyone had an amazing experience. Can't believe I abseiled off the bridge! Thanks to all the instructors, Tony, Adam and Tom, you looked after us very well. Highly...More

Thank Rhona L
HowStean, Owner at How Stean Gorge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

Glad you had a amazing time. Will ye no come back again.

Reviewed 9 October 2017

Myself and 5 of my best girlfriends came here for my 25th birthday weekend. We booked on to the Big 5 and had the pleasure of having Luke as our instructor dude!! It was AWESOME!! Luke was friendly, professional and motivating! Luke's knowledge on rock...More

Thank Paige A
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

I went with my sons and a son’s girlfriend to How Stean for the big 5 adventure day. Richard was our brilliant guide. He helped me to achieve things I never imagined I could, like going down a small rocky hole into a cave and...More

Thank Shona L
Reviewed 24 September 2017

we just did the walk through the gorge, not the more pricey activities as we couldn't afford the £45 per person for the more adventurous activities . But the price for a family to walk through and explore was very reasonable and the walk was...More

Thank Dani G
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We always try and do something a bit special on the last Saturday of the summer holidays and this year we chose How Stean Gorge. We decided not to do any of the activities this time and just explore on our own. We have a...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

Yet another amazing day, and Tom our guide was exceptional - friendly, helpful and patient. We did the full cave experience, via ferrata, abseil and full gorge walk. I would fully recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure and reasonable level of fitness....More

Thank Lee B
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

We signed up for the gorge walk, which was awesome, highly recommended!! The experience starts with a 40m abseil from a bridge into the gorge. You'll get wet. There is some swimming, sliding, diving and scrambling involved in addition to spectacular scenery, we couldn't get...More

Thank LondonUKTraveller
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We were a stag group of 9 people. Everything was easy and simple, from using the website to calculate costs throughout the whole booking process. When we arrived we were shown to the Bunkhouse on the campsite which was excellent value for money. It is...More

Thank Scotty_Sheffield
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Robert H
8 August 2015|
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Response from HowStean | Property representative |
There is space for motor homes but access is up a small single track road. Sorry we do not have hookups.
5 July 2015|
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Response from HowStean | Property representative |
There are two local Pubs both called the crown, one in Lofthouse the other at Middlesmoor.