Top 10 Rocksports Experiences
Discover Yorkshire's great ups and downs
Looking for adventure on the rocks, or even under the rocks, it's all here. With the Pennines, North York Moors, Dales, Peak District National Park and dramatic coastline, welcome to rocksports heaven. There are climbs, caves and challenges for everyone from beginners to experts.
Yorkshire's Big Three!
The limestone cliffs of Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Kilnsey Crag in the Yorkshire Dales provide some of the best and hardest sport climbing to be found anywhere in Europe.
Malham Cove is a huge amphitheatre with great mid-grade traditional routes to the hardest sport climbs in the country, including Overshadow (F9a+). Malham is popular all year round with climbers and walkers alike. The Cove is a SSSI, so special care should be taken when visiting.
Gordale Scar is an impressive gorge with towering cliffs and a tumbling waterfall at its heart. Classic traditional climbs such as Face Route as well as harder sport climbs like Pierrepoint (F7c+), climb the massive overhanging walls deep within the gorge.
Kilnsey Crag is famous for its overhanging profile which dominates this part of Wharfedale. Routes range from F6c to F9a and are the best to be found anywhere at their grade.
Learn to rock climb on grit - if you're not quite ready for the Yorkshire Dales' big three, Yorkshire's grit crags are amongst the best in the Pennine arena and great for beginners. The traditional climbing is often set against superb backdrops.
The easily accessible crags above Ilkley, West Yorkshire are a good place to start. If you'd like some expert tuition for your first rock climbing experience or to brush up on your skills, find an instructor here.
Indoor climbing is a great winter activity when the weather stops you doing activities outdoors. It also makes the steaming mug of tea and bacon butty at the café, even better.
And Yorkshire is home to some of the country's finest climbing walls. The Leeds Wall has some 200 set routes, varying from grade 3 to 8a, while Harrogate Climbing Centre's 14m lead walls, extensive bouldering and top rope lines will give plenty of challenges and if you've not climbed before, come along for a Climbing Taster Session and they'll show you the ropes. Over in Brighouse, you'll find ROKT Climbing Gym, one of the highest and the biggest indoor climbing wall in the UK and the friendlest folk to boot.
Gaping Gill Open Weeks, nr Ingleton, Yorkshire Dales
Why should only the most seasoned cavers get all the fun? For two Bank Holiday weeks a year, in May and August, anyone can experience the breathtaking scale and beauty of one of Britain's most famous caves.
Gaping Gill on the southern slopes of Ingleborough, has a main shaft descending 105m, a stunning chamber big enough to engulf St. Paul's Cathedral, and the tallest unbroken waterfall in England. Take the winch ride from the surface to discover the stunningly lit cavern floor 105m below. Just don't forget to wrap up warm.
Show Caves - Explore Yorkshire's hidden passages
Enjoy an introductory experience to caving at one of the three show caves in the Yorkshire Dales - White Scar, Ingleborough and Stump Cross.
Via Ferrata and High Wire
The Via Ferrata at How Stean Gorge
Traverse rock walls, wade through gushing water, jump boulders, abseil off a bridge, slide through waterspouts and sit under waterfalls. Professional How Stean Gorge guides will safely and expertly take you on an unforgettable experience. Half day & full day bookings.
For a really exciting adventure, try a high wire course, Yorkshire's got a few to choose from. How about one of these?
Bring out your inner ape and swing through the trees at Go Ape! in Dalby, the Great Yorkshire Forest, slide across high wires and crawl through tunnels on this high-wire forest adventure.
Or find the ultimate treetop adventure at Log Heights, tucked away in the grounds of Ripley Castle near Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Ladies who ROKT
One for the ladies...
There is nothing more uplifting than some fun and laughs with good friends away from the hustle and bustle of every day. With this in mind, the Waterfront Lodge Hotel and ROKT Climbing Gym have created a mini break designed for ladies who appreciate quality dining in a lively atmosphere and who would like to share fun and exciting experiences with their friends.
The activities range from high energy & physical to relaxing & therapeutic. How about Zumba and Climb or Yoga and Climb. Mix & match your activities and have a fun time. Find out more here.
The Waterfront Lodge Hotel and ROKT Climbing Gym are located within walking distance of Brighouse train station or just minutes from the M62.