Despite the howling gales and severe wet weather the weekend’s outdoor activities for Rock Steady have all been successfully completed – the instructors end of day reports are filed and the safety equipment has been returned to the stores so time to relax now.
We implemented our wet weather contingency for the school group rock climbing at Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire today calling an early close to the rock climbing, scrambling and weaselling to change the beauty of the natural environment for the practicality of a purpose built indoor climbing wall.
Having stressed about the sheer amount of rainfall all week a fantastic break in the rain resulted in almost perfect caving conditions at Alum Pot & the Long Churn caving system for a stag do on Saturday.
In amongst the group outdoor pursuits this weekend we’ve also added Dalby Forest Lodges and two beautiful Wass self catering cottages to our accommodation section – so welcome on board to the new places to stay.
Part of ‘The Dales’ TV programme on ITV1 tonight at 8pm is about caving in Yorkshire.
The system featured on the programme is Long Churns which offers a huge range of caving activity for various skill and exerience levels. We provide caving adventures and experiences across Yorkshire, including Long Churn, so if you’d like to experience caving, or develop your existing skills then contact Rock Steady Adventure and we’ll arrange a group event just for you.
Our standard packages include a half day caving experience for a group of ten at £55 per person, or a full day Caving Adventure for £89 per person based on a group of eight. The full day adventures include a hearty lunch and you can choose whether to spend a day underground or combine caving with Rock Climbing – see the Adventures section of our website and contact us for more information. We can obviously tailor a day to suit your group’s needs and we provide all safety equipment – you just need to bring some clothes you don’t mind getting muddy and some wellies!
Here’s a few photos taken while in Long Churns Cave last week, obviously due to the lack of natural light the picture quality is a bit poor so apologies for that.
The trip under ground includes a large variety of chambers – some you can easily walk through, others (like below) are a very tight squeeze but with the encouragement of your group and the guidance of an expert instructor you can get through some places that you would never believe you could.
The Rock Steady Caving experience is great for all sorts of groups from families, school groups, stag dos, hen parties as well as corporate team building or entertainment events.
We organise caving adventures across Yorkshire as half day or full day experiences or in combination with other adventures to create a fun packed day for your group – see Caving Yorkshire for more information.
Our new favourite word is “thrillax” so be warned, it’s one that we expect to be somewhat overused in the short term on this blog!
Maybe we’re a little late getting on board with the word but the concept is Rock Steady Adventure through and through – participating in thrilling activities is an EXCELLENT way to relax. So we couldn’t be more chuffed that there’s now a proper word in common use about what we do every day for all sorts of customers.
To us thrillaxing is what more people should be doing with their free time – getting together with groups of friends, making your heart race with a mixture of exertion and fear then laughing together when the fear subsides and you reach the target.
The great thing about doing outdoor activities with groups of friends or work colleagues is that you not only get the huge personal sense of achievement but you also have the shared experience and the memory of helping (and being helped) to push yourself to achieve more than you thought you could.
We’re at the Suburban Bar Baildon tonight from 7pm talking about group outdoor activities and the outdoor adventures we organise for groups of adults, corporate events and schools.
Come along and have a chat over a pint if you’re in the area and fancy rock climbing, abseiling, coasteering, gorge walking, kayaking, mountain biking, hill walking ………
If you’re looking for an good introductory level mountain biking route in West Yorkshire then we can recommend the “Hard’en Fast” a steady 13 mile route that utilises bridleways, byways and minimal amounts of road to create a varied circular route.
The full route is available as a downloadable PDF – if the link above doesn’t work just Google “Harden Fast Mountain Biking” but in summary …..
There’s loads of free car parking available at the St Ives Estate, from there you cycle up through the estate passed Alter Rock and out across Harden moor – the majority of the route is straightforward but there are a couple of technical decents that will test a lot of people’s mountain biking skills.
Another great thing about the route is that it passes a couple of pubs and a jolly nice tea room at Cold Stream Mills before dropping down towards Wilsden and the Malt Shovel just before the finish.
We’re building a new section of the website which provides contact details for mountain equipment retailers across Yorkshire.
So if you need additional outdoor clothing, walking boots or camping equipment then have a browse of the new section and contact the relevant store directly, or even better visit when in the area so you can benefit from the expert help and advice.
If you own or manage an outdoor equipment shop and would like your details adding to the new section then please just contact Rock Steady Adventure and we’ll sort it out.