Challenge Trail

The Challenge Trail is designed for the most daring of travellers. We've pin-pointed all of the places where you can go climbing, abseiling, caving, canoeing, gorge walking, surfing and more!

Yorkshire has some decidedly daring adventure activities on offer. You might not realise it but beneath the peaceful Yorkshire Dales there lies a deep underground network of incredible caves. Over on the coast it's possible to surf around waves full of dolphins. On the moors you could try your hand at bushcraft and learn to survive independently in the wild. Take a look at what's on offer!

Not only does Dexters Surf Shop stock a range of wetsuits, clothes, accessories and boards, it also offers lessons in surfing, paddleboarding, wakeboarding and kayaking. Additionally it can cater for stag and hen parties and is the place to go for activities such as jest ski safaris and banana boat rides!

Dexters Surf Shop

Scarborough (section b/c)

There's plenty to see in the North Sea off Flamborough. Please seek advice before swimming, check the tides, don't swim far from the beach and leave a friend on shore to help in case of emergency.

Snorkelling

Flamborough (section a)

There's lots of opportunities to up the speed of your trip if you fancy a bit of fell running.

take to the hills

Coasteering, paddleboarding and kayaking are just some of the activities offered by Bay Watersports. Take to the water to fully experience Yorkshire's outstanding coastline!

Bay Watersports

Filey (section a/b)

This activity centre is a couple of hours bike ride off the route but well worth the visit! Activities include abseiling, canyoning and caving!

How Stean Gorge

Harrogate (closest to sections J/K)

Have a go at geocaching all over Yorkshire!

Join the hunt

Part of a caravan site, Ellerton Park offers space in its 60 acres of fresh water for wild swimming and diving. You can also launch your own non-motorised vehicles.

Ellerton Park

Ellerton-A-Swale (section g/h)

Caving descent into Gaping Gill not far from Settle at the start of the trails.

Explore secret depths

Yorkshire Dales

No you don't have to go to Cornwall to try out surfing, these guys offer surfing and stand up paddleboarding right here in Yorkshire. They also run coasteering sessions, which involves adventuring along the cliff edge, climbing, swimming, exploring hidden caves, and cliff jumps - what more could you want?

Scarborough Surf School

Cayton Bay (section b)

A large and quiet lake hidden away in a woodland. Leaf litter underfoot but quickly drops to over 5m depth. There are fantastic views just up the hill from the Cleveland Way.

Gormire Lake

Sutton Bank (section F)

Alfresco Adventures offers many different Challenge experiences across Yorkshire. Try your hand at abseiling, archery, bushcraft and raft building.

Alfresco Adventures

Reeth (Section H/I)

Exciting rocky pools and rapids. Lower pools have interesting snorkelling and a large reach for a longer swim. Also little tubs of warmer standing water in rockpools. Upstream rapids have a chute which is fun on rings but be careful! 
Always consider health and safety precautions when wild swimming and never swim after heavy rainfall.

Ghaistrill's Strid

Grassington (section K)

This impressive waterpark boasts numerous pools in the open air, slides, an infinity pool and a spa coming soon!

Alpamere

Scarborough (section b/c)

A total wipeout style inflatable obstacle course and other waterports in the middle of a beautiful woodland! 

North Yorkshire Water Park

Wykeham (section b/c)

A small but deep plunge pool below a tall waterfall in a forested gorge. 

Falling Foss

Near littlebeck (section c)

A lovely spot for a wild swim with a series of pools and plunge for the truly adventurous.

Stainforth

Settle (Section L) 

Ebike & bike hire, bike maintenance, and cafe this place has it all for cyclists. You can even stay over in one of their dorms!

Dales Bike Centre

Reeth (section H/I)

A small fun fair and arcade, Luna Park in Scarborough is aimed more at a younger audience but includes some rides for adults. The Ferris wheel offers stunning views of the town and is lit up beautifully at night. 

Luna Park

Scarborough (section b/c)

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