GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

How Stean Gorge Walk

3 miles (5 km)

Visit this spectacular limestone gorge and enjoy a walk through the beautiful Nidderdale countryside.
You can park in the village of Middlesmoor and then follow footpaths to the gorge about half a mile south. It's great for walkers with lots of public footpaths along the rushing river and through the surrounding woodland. The area also has an activity centre where you can try caving, rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing.
After exploring the gorge you could extend your walk by picking up the Nidderdale Way and following it to the nearby Gouthwaite Reservoir or Scar House Reservoir.


HG3 5SF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

How Stean Gorge OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

How Stean Gorge Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The on site How Stean Cafe does lovely homely food, sourced from local farms in Yorkshire.  They also make their own ice cream available in a variety of flavours and made only ˝ mile away in Lofthouse, you can even see the cows that make it from the car park. When the weather is good you can sit outside on the lovely sun terrace and enjoy fine views of the area.
You could also head north into the little village of Middlesmoor and visit the Crown Hotel. The traditional yorkshire pub has nice cosy log fires and good home cooked food. They also do decent accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the pub at the top of the hill at postcode HG3 5ST.

Dog Walking

Under control dogs are welcome at the gorge.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The site organises a number of activies including rock climbing and mountain biking.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


How Stean Gorge - - 445019

How Stean Gorge

How Stean Gorge - - 445068

Lush vegetation on the fenced section of the walkway

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Great view of the rock formations and the sun coming through a small gap in the trees

Tom Taylor's Cave, How Stean Gorge - - 445079

Tom Taylor's Cave, How Stean Gorge. This is the cave entrance in the car park.

Middlesmoor from Stean - - 4070334

Middlesmoor from Stean. The place name was first mentioned in the 12th century. It probably means "moorland in the middle of two streams" referring to the River Nidd and its tributary How Stean Beck. At the top of the hill you can see the church. This was built in 1864 by William Henry Crossland and is a Grade II listed building. The church occupies a commanding position overlooking upper Nidderdale

Tom Taylor's Cave, How Stean Gorge - - 445079

Tom Taylor's Cave. This is the cave entrance in the car park. It is said to be named after a local highwayman who sought refuge there. It leads from the north side of the gorge and emerges in a nearby field.

Cafe at How Stean Gorge - - 3027809

Cafe at How Stean Gorge

Hazel Close Farm - - 1201684

Hazel Close Farm. The farm is situated part way up the hillside between How Stean Gorge and Middlesmoor village.


GPS Files

GPX File

How Stean Gorge.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

How Stean Gorge.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)