Yorkshire Dales Guides was established in 1991 by Dave Gallivan. We provide adventure activities for most ages and abilities from introductory to more advanced sessions. Caving is our specialty as we can offer a range of levels from introductory ones suitable for families to advanced trips. We can teach vertical caving techniques (SRT) initially in a safe dry environment using our indoor training barn at Stainforth.
In addition to the caving we can offer Climbing and Abseiling and also Navigation Skills from basic map & compass, GPS to National Navigation Award Scheme Gold Award accredited courses.
Guided walks are popular and we can also provide safety cover for any event such as a Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
Challenge Days can be organised for groups who want a team event. These can be just for fun or be more involved and testing for business groups.
Team Building events for corporate groups can take place above and below ground and include rescue scenarios. From short “breakout” sessions to 1 or 2 day events.
The events are based around the principle of team building through sharing experiences. Working away from people’s normal environment, taking part in often totally new activities and using new or existing skills to work through team tasks in a very different context develops groups and individuals knowledge of each other.
The emphasis in on having some fun but the lessons learned can be far reaching. Each event is designed for your team in consultation with you.
In addition to Dave Gallivan and Pam Hickin, who works full time at Yorkshire Dales Guides, there are a small number of additional instructors who are also all local and experienced. All instructors are known personally to Dave, each holds a current First Aid qualification and they are qualified in the activities they lead. They have worked with a wide range of abilities including those with special needs.
The majority are members of the local cave and fell rescue team. The instructors employed are active cavers, climbers and walkers and enjoy passing on their love of the activities as well as Yorkshire Dales. Open all year round. AALA licensed for school and youth groups.