Here at Yorkshire Dales Guides, we want to see our premises as being a local community hub of activity and adventure, and as such would love to chat with any local groups who are after a space to use as part of their own initiative. Check out our ‘outdoor activity centre’ page for more info and photos of the space we have. Recently, our large activity barn was utilised by a group of local creatives as part of the Great Place Lakes & Dales ‘Watch this Space’ initiative. During the weekend, the space was used to practice new aerial silk skills ahead of a possible production, and innovative photography using green screens.
We have also recently launched our Yorkshire Dales Adventure Academy – a local, donation based initiative to introduce more young people aged 8 to 18 to outdoor sports and the great outdoors in the Yorkshire Dales. Young people in the community will get the chance to join in with caving and climbing sessions, and learn new skills (e.g. navigation and mountain safety), some of which will not only apply to the sports they partake in, but may also form useful life skills.
Artists & Creatives
Here at Yorkshire Dales Guides, we want to see our premises used by creative groups, and as such would love to chat with any groups who are after a space to use as part of their own initiatives. Check out our ‘outdoor activity centre’ page for more info and photos of the space we have. Recently, our large activity barn was utilised by a group of local creatives as part of the Great Place Lakes & Dales ‘Watch this Space’ initiative. During the weekend, the space was used to practice new aerial silk skills ahead of a possible production, and innovative photography using green screens.
Steph, our managing director, also assisted a local artist who was inspired to capture the spectacular underground world of the Yorkshire Dales in her art. A bespoke caving trip on a 1:1 basis, using Steph’s knowledge of the local Long Churn Caves, allowed the artist to capture some great photographs which could then be transformed into works of art and showcased at an exhibition at a later date.
Hens & Stags
Have you been given the responsibility of organising a stag or hen do? We can help you organise a day or weekend to remember by providing a range of adventurous and exhilarating activities within the stunning Yorkshire Dales. Whether you are looking for something new to try or challenging, or both, then we are positive we have something for you!
If you haven’t tried it before, caving is a brilliant activity for the stag or hen group, offering a new and unusual, but visually stunning, hidden environment and is do-able year round. Once underground, the experience can be made as easy or as challenging as you wish, as stunning clean-washed streamways, simple climbs, waterfalls and cascades and chambers adorned with stunning formations are encountered. Then there’s the fun and entirely optional crawls and squeezes and other obstacles, which can of course, we tackled ‘stag/hen first’ if you wish! 😉
Get in touch for more info! Based just outside the town of Settle, we can also provide info on places to stay (we do have a 50-bed bunkbarn located right next door, for example), as well as great places to eat and drink, and other amazing places to visit.
Looking for somewhere quiet, spacious and safe to hold a kids party? Yorkshire Dales Guides very own activity barn comes equipped with an indoor climbing wall, high ropes facility for abseiling and a large space both indoors and outdoors for fun team building activities and games. Get in touch for more details.
Recently, Yorkshire Dales Guides have been working closely with a number of MOD (Ministry of Defence) groups based in Yorkshire, who have active caving groups often requiring a place to train. As such, our very own vertical caving training facility and high ropes area has been a perfect location for groups to train before heading underground in the Yorkshire Dales, or when the weather has prevented the group from heading underground. We welcome any other groups in search of a large and well equipped indoor space to train, or would like our highly experienced and qualified instructors to assist their group with, for example, advanced caving, climbing, hiking or team building in the Yorkshire Dales.
Yorkshire Dales Guides have a wealth of experience of working with groups with special needs, and our very own managing director Steph is hugely passionate about using her experience both as a psychologist, and from her recent work in a children’s care home, to bring the outdoors to absolutely everyone, whether it be an individual who is blind or deaf who wants to try caving, or a group of kids or adults who want to give abseiling a go. Our quiet, spacious and idyllically located premises in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, surrounded by fields and the river, as well as spacious bunk barn next door, coupled with our excellent, patient, highly motivated and experienced staff, mean we have a great basis to work from when it comes to groups with special needs. Get in touch for a chat with Steph for more info!