An outdoor experience that is exciting, empowering and educational
We offer a huge range of outdoor pursuits, training and educational resources and assistance including:
Most of the outdoor venues we use are within a 5 to 25 min drive of our premises, and as well as ‘quantity’ we really, really do have ‘quality’ too!! Whether it’s the extensive Twistleton Scar climbing venue, or the magnificent Alum Pot/Long Churn cave system, or the beautiful mountains of Ingleborough, Penyghent and Whernside, we’re confident we have a venue to suit your needs, abilities and aspirations!
Here at Yorkshire Dales Guides, we are hugely passionate about outdoor learning, and investing in the future of our young people is at the heart of what motivates us. Outdoor education is invaluable to young people’s interpersonal development, their resiliency and most importantly to their physical and mental wellbeing.
Steph, our managing director (BSc (1.1), MSc (Distinction), Dip, MBPsS) comes from a background working with young people with special needs and mental health difficulties. She has a BSc in Chemistry, MSc in Psychology and a Diploma in Children and Young Peoples’ Workforce. It was working with young people, children and disadvantaged adults where Steph witnessed the truly transformative power of the outdoors and adventure in building esteem, resiliency, trusting relationships and quite simply the lasting mood boost of positive, empowering experiences. Therefore Steph decided to manage Yorkshire Dales Guides alongside her studies to become a Clinical Psychologist.
More importantly, it’s Steph and Mike’s strong background in Science, which allows them to thoroughly understand the needs of academic groups when it comes to learning outside of the classroom, and we are confident that we can help put together an outdoor learning experience which is suitable for your groups’ needs.
Yorkshire Dales Guides also employ staff who are coaches, have BSc’s in Education, PhD’s in Psychology, are experienced members of cave and mountain rescue teams and whom are qualified environmental scientists, chemists, geologists and teachers, so we can offer your group a lot more than just a day out on (or under) the hills.
We also have our very own activity barn and outdoor education centre, where many of the indoor climbing and abseiling (on our very own climbing wall and high ropes facility), team building, and courses take place. It is also where our caving trips begin, in our specially designed briefing area where we can quickly kit the group out in the full apparel of caving equipment required, in a dry and comfortable environment, which is also equipped with 4 separate changing rooms for privacy.
Having this facility also means we have somewhere we can go if unsuitable weather conditions mean we cannot carry out the planned activity, so you can rest assured that your booking with go ahead with us and we’ll do our utmost to make it a highly invigorating and unforgettable experience!
Activities can be provided as half-day, full-day or multi-day programs at a competitive price.
We are registered with the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) as a provider of the Outdoor Discovery Award, with three levels of certification from 1 to 3-star. These are fantastic for introducing navigation to kids of all ages!
As a reference, Yorkshire Dales Guides Ltd is AALA certified (License L16433), holds full public liability insurance, comprehensive risk assessments and all instructors are highly experienced with ongoing training and CPD. On all of our activities we provide full safety equipment.
Yorkshire Dales Guides and Hornby Laithe bunk barn are also located very close to several other beautiful, and key locations in the Yorkshire Dales including:
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