Try Something New in the Yorkshire Dales

10 Alternative Activities to try in Yorkshire Dales National Park 

A lot of people find themselves scratching their heads and wondering what new activities they could try whether individually, as a couple or as a family. In the Yorkshire Dales there are plenty of things to try your hand at, and we’ve compiled a list of our favourites in our Try Something New guide.


  1. White Scar Cave
    While you may have thought the Yorkshire Dales are beautiful from the outside, you should try seeing them from the inside! White Scar Cave is the longest cave tour in Britain, offering members of the public the opportunity to check out what lies beneath their feet which they may never have experienced before. White Scar Cave features a beautiful waterfall that gets louder as you walk from the cave entrance, suddenly appearing from around a corner. There are also beautiful formations to see and learn about, including The Witch’s Fingers and The Judge’s Head.


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  3. Ingleborough Cave
    Having first welcomed visitors as long ago as 1837, Ingleborough Cave has become one of the most famous in the Yorkshire Dales – even appearing on national television on numerous occasions. There are regular guided tours of this fabulous show cave complete with concrete, floodlit paths and no steps making it accessible to all. If you’re already a fan of walking then you could approach from Clapham Village and follow the trail to make for a wonderful day out trying something new.


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  5. How Stean Gorge
    If you’re feeling adventurous or perhaps you’ve always wanted to try something exhilarating then a visit to How Stean Gorge is a must for any lovers of the great outdoors. A venue packed full of activities for the whole family, this outdoor activity centre offers climbing, abseiling, canoeing, caving and much more all set within the fabulous surrounding Yorkshire Dales.


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  7. Go Fly Fishing UK
    Fly fishing is one of the UK’s most popular pastimes, but many people have still never given it a go – even those who have a keen interest in fishing and the great outdoors. At Go Fly Fishing UK in the Yorkshire Dales you can experience guided days and one-to-one lessons where you’ll be catching various different types of fish on the fly. The River Wharfe and River Aire are the two most popular locations for fly fishing in the region, but the rivers are well stocked with some beautiful fish.


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  9. Active Edge
    The Yorkshire Dales offer some spectacular views from down at the edges of the rivers to the top of the numerous wonderful mountains. So why not see them from a completely different angle – from above. Active Edge offers the opportunity to go paragliding so that you can soar high above the Dales for several hours if the winds allow. With highly experienced and qualified instructors you’ll be in good hands, and you can try it out on your own or in a tandem flight.


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  11. Alfresco Adventures
    Alfresco Adventures offers individuals, families, large groups and even businesses the opportunity to try out a number of outdoor pursuits and activities in the wonderful surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales. With activities suited to the most experienced and inexperienced of participants there are opportunities to get involved throughout the day, with activities including rock climbing and abseiling, canoeing, kayaking and raft building.


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  13. Craven Sailing Club
    Sailing is both a peaceful and tranquil way of relaxing, and an opportunity to experience the Yorkshire Dales in a vastly different way. The beautiful waters on the various reservoirs will enable you to try out the sport for the very first time, or you could bring your experience to new surroundings. Craven Sailing Club offers participants the chance to get on board regardless of ability, and you can even try your hand at sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking.


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  15. Rock Steady Adventure
    Always wanted to try something a bit more adventurous and outside your comfort zone? Then a visit to Rock Steady Adventure in the Yorkshire Dales is a must. With a range of outdoor activities for individuals, families, groups and corporate teams, new and experienced participants can try their hand at gorge walking, caving and rock climbing to see the Dales in a completely different way! Great for anyone with a passion for the outdoors or looking for a new challenge.


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  17. Bewerley Riding Centre
    Always loved horses or the idea of going for a ride, but never given it a go? Perhaps your little one has been asking to try horse riding for months and months and you’re now willing to let them have a go? At Bewerley Riding Centre there are opportunities for new and experienced riders to climb on and learn how to ride in the safety of the high-quality stables and experienced tutors. Private and group lessons are available, as well as birthday parties if you’re in the Dales as part of a birthday treat.


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  19. Another World Adventure Centre
    Located just outside Halifax, Another World Adventure Centre gives you the opportunity to try out extreme sports like snowboarding – only without the snow and cold weather! Mountain boarding is an increasingly popular activity, especially around the hills of the Yorkshire Dales, and you don’t need to jet off to the Alps to try it! Jump onto one of the four-wheeled boards and give it a try.


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