VISITORS to one of North Yorkshire's spectacular natural sites will need a good head for heights.

A new glass floor over How Stean Gorge in Nidderdale has opened to the public.

The steep sided chasm over half a mile in length and up to 80 feet deep in places.

And the new glass floor will allow visitors to see the natural wonder as never before.

The gorge is managed by owners Stan and Ann Beer and Stan said: “Since we took over the attraction in 2007, we’ve been working on innovative ideas to help put this special area on the map. We’ve transformed it from a simple gorge walk to a fully interactive adventure, with highly qualified instructors, and added a 52 seat restaurant serving local produce.

"The new glass floors in our events facility offer a real wow factor."

The development cost £180,000 with support from the European Structural Investment Fund.

The floor-to-ceiling glass walls and partial glass floor, in an architecturally iconic new extension, hang over the gorge, offering a unique function space for the corporate, educational and leisure sectors, as well as a spectacular space for private dining and wedding celebrations.

It also enables access to a view never seen before for those with mobility issues or children in pushchairs.