There is something for everyone in Pateley Bridge, in the heart of Nidderdale and surrounded by the high hills and moorlands of Nidderdale. In 2016 Pateley Bridge won its category in the Great British High Street Competition.
With a range of accommodation and delicious food available all year round you will find a warm welcome whenever you visit.
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There is no better base than this for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, and enjoying easy access to nearby towns and cities.
What’s Best About Pateley Bridge?
The high street in Pateley Bridge offers a wealth of shops, tearooms and local eateries that will tempt anyone, along with fine local butchers and produce shops. In fact so good is the High Street that it was crowned winner in its category of the Great British High Street competition in 2016.
Across the river the recreation ground includes a play area, a bandstand, basketball court and a large area for picnics and sport.
The river Nidd runs the length of Nidderdale, and provides riverside walks both up and down stream where the local wildlife can be quietly observed to the background sounds of flowing water.
The annual Nidderdale Show in September can trace its roots back to 1319, and is the highlight of the Agricultural Show calendar, filling the enormous showfield from end to end. The whole town comes together for this celebration of rural life that showcases local skills, produce and livestock.
A new event that has quickly become a firm favourite, the 1940s Weekend sees the town transformed and taken back in time, a range of themed events and demonstrations take place among the nostalgia.
Celebrating the amazing landscape that surrounds the town, two great festivals each explore Nidderdale in a different way. The Pateley Bridge Walking Festival offers guided walks over four days at the end of September with knowledgeable local guides discussing the history of the area. The Niddfest Literary Festival celebrates nature in writing with talks and activities featuring a range of guest authors.
The Pateley Pie is a thing once tasted never forgotten, the two butchers of the town have both won awards for their pies, as well as many of their other offerings of locally sourced meat. No better fuel for long day walking in Nidderdale.
There is industrial heritage in every direction from disused railways, old lime kilns and quarry workings. Nidderdale is itself a museum of human activity through the ages. These old abandoned structures have now been reclaimed by nature and no longer stand out harshly against the green landscape, but sit within it waiting to be discovered.
At the top of Pateley Bridge high street sits the Oldest Sweet Shop in England; open since 1827 sells a range of vintage and retro sweets from bygone eras, as well as their own delicious creations.
Hidden Gems around Pateley Bridge
The Nidderdale Museum is a volunteer run treasure that amazes visitors, and guarantees fresh discoveries on every visit. The museum includes several complete recreations of premises from Nidderdale's History telling the story of a rich and diverse landscape.
Just below the Museum are the King Street Workshops, the centre of the vibrant art culture that weaves through all of Nidderdale, and the core of the towns cultural events calendar.
There a number of sculptures around the town and beyond including the dramatic Coldstones Cut on the top of nearby Greenhow Hill.
With winding rivers and streams, and the rolling fields and moorland there are many unique and wonderful picnic spots to be found, looking out over a reservoir, in the shade of ancient woodland or beside a secluded tarn.
Pateley Bridge sits on the B6265 from Ripon, and can be accessed easily from the A59 via the B6451.
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Travel Times by car:
20 minutes from Ripon
30 minutes from Harrogate, Knaresborough and Masham
40 minutes to Boroughbridge
The Number 24 bus runs hourly service Monday to Saturday, and regular services on a Sunday.