How Stean Gorge is a spectacular gorge in upper Nidderdale and is without doubt the finest limestone feature in that particular dale.
The gorge is about 1km long and is, in places, nearly 80 feet deep. It was formed by thousands of years of water gradually eroding the limestone. The stream that runs through the gorge is How Stean Beck.
The gorge lies on private land and there is a small entrance fee (£5.75 at the time of writing) for an adult to visit. It is certainly worth the money. For the more adventurous it is also possible to book a number of activities in the gorge such as abseiling, gorge walking and more recently a Via Ferrata.
How Stean Gorge has long been a popular visitor attraction and as a result paths and bridges have been built into the sides of the gorge to allow people to explore it close up.
The gorge features two caves that are possible to visit. At the western end is How Stean Cave which can only really be entered as part of a trip booked at the entrance. Towards the eastern end is Tom Taylor’s Cave which, with a torch and a hard hat, can be followed all the way through to its exit via some steps at the far side of the car park.