Stean Gorge Camping

Stean Gorge Camping
Camping in How Stean Gorge is a one of a kind experience and a tradition that dates back to 1869. The natural splendor of the Gorge's limestone canyon and river draw thousands of visitors deep into the woods and into its ravine so they can escape into nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Those who camp at the Gorge are guaranteed to have a memorable experience.


Camping at How Stean Gorge puts guests in a primitive setting by permitting tents only. The campground was not constructed with RVs in mind, thus there are no electricity hook-ups, no chemical toilet disposals, no television reception, and no cell phone signal. The campground does provide a small bathroom with toilets, hot and cold water, and one shower. A flashlight is recommended. The campground at How Stean Gorge is open all year-round.


Outdoors activities are in abundance at the How Stean Gorge. Visitors of the gorge can hike through the woods, explore Tom Taylor's Cave, or rent a bicycle for the whole day. Bike rentals include helmet, lock and cycle bags to store water and maps. For a fee, visitors can go on organized small group adventure tours of the Gorge where they scramble across rocks and trek through the river. Also, the campground's remote location frees it from light pollution making stargazing a fun nighttime activity.


Located at the front of the How Stean Gorge campground is the restaurant, bar and gift shop. Here visitors can eat soup, scones, toasted tea cakes, a ham or roasted beef sandwich and chips for lunch, or sample the areas finest jacket potatoes. A children's menu with cod fish fingers and chicken nuggets is available. The Gorge also sells organic ice cream made from the milk of locally grown, grass-fed dairy cows. The restaurant also has free wireless Internet connectivity.

Practical Information

The How Stean Gorge is open everyday of the year except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Nidderdale Show Day (late-September) from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. The How Stean Gorge campground can easily be reached by car from the B6265, but many prefer parking in nearby Pateley Bridge and taking the bus (links to schedule are on their official website).

How Stean Gorge,
Stean, Lofthouse,
North Yorkshire, HG3 5SF
United Kingdom
011 (+44) 1423 755666

Surrounding Area

The How Stean Gorge Campground is just 7 miles from Pately Bridge, 11 miles from Masham, 19 miles from Ripon, 22 miles from Harrogate and 28 miles from Skipton. Each of these English towns offers visitors a unique experience, filled with interesting traditions and culture that can only be found in North Yorkshire. For instance, Harrogate is famous for its numerous spa facilities and Ripon is famous for its cathedral.

Article Written By Patrick M. Lind

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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