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5 Wild Adventures to Have this Weekend

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

See the beauty of Yorkshire in a brand new way with these daring days out.

Paragliding

Explore God’s Own Country like never before with these adrenaline-inducing adventures.

Yorkshire is like a big adventure playground just waiting to be explored and these incredible activities will show you why. You can experience the thrill of abseiling down a huge viaduct or get a bird’s eye view of the Dales as you take to the skies on a glider. What adventure will you take on next?

Caving at How Stean Gorge

How Stean Gorge

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How Stean Gorge is one of Yorkshire’s most popular attractions, with loads of activities on offer – and the best has to be caving. Explore the hidden depths of Nidderdale on a half-day adventure that will see you exploring caverns, wading through underground rivers and climbing underground waterfalls. It’s open to everyone, whether you’re doing it for the first time or are an experienced potholer, and all you need is a pair of wellies, everything else is provided.

How Stean Gorge, Lofthouse, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5SY.

Tandem Paragliding across God’s Own Country

What better way to see the Yorkshire Dales than from a glider, hundreds of feet above the ground? Active Edge are the people you want to speak to, because they offer tandem paragliding flights over God’s Own Country. Head to Settle, where you’ll have a short briefing, before being attached to a fully qualified pilot who’ll take care of the launch, flight and landing on a 20 to 30 minutes ride. You’ll be able to just enjoy the stunning view below and take pictures – if the weather permits, you might even get a chance to take control of the glider.

Active Edge, 5 Whelpstone Grove, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9DG.

Gorge walking in the Yorkshire Dales

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Lost Earth Adventures are specialists in gorge walking and one of their most popular destinations is in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. On the three hour walk, you’ll wade through the water as you follow the stream down the ancient limestone channels of the Mill Gill Force, carved out over millions of years. Lost Earth will provide everything you need, just wear sensible clothing, because you’ll be jumping into deep pools, climbing up waterfalls and scrambling over boulders as you discover a side of the Dales that you wouldn’t usually see.

Lost Earth Adventures Innovation Centre, Innovation Way, Heslington, North Yorkshire, YO10 5DG.

Abseiling down Apperset Viaduct

Appersett viaduct

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Good with heights? Then abseiling down Apperset Viaduct between Hawes and Garsdale Head is the perfect weekend adventure. Low Mill Outdoor Centre has five different abseiling points along the viaduct, ranging from little eight foot drops to the full 56 foot height. You’ll get to abseil at two or three different points during your session and you get to decide how high you want to go. Whether you do the smaller heights or go the whole hog, it’s an adrenaline-fuelled adventure that you won’t soon forget.

Low Mill Outdoor Centre, Station Road, Askrigg, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3HZ.

Canyoning in the Yorkshire Dales

If you’re good with heights, a confident swimmer and looking for an extreme adventure, canyoning is the activity for you. Cave and Canyon run canyoning days in the Yorkshire Dales which will see you abseiling down a waterfall, jumping into deep water pools, going down natural water slides and scrambling down river beds all in one thrilling day. You need only to bring a towel, swimming costume and a pair of shoes – everything else is covered.

Cave and Canyon, I Centre, Back Gate, Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3BT.