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Things to do around Pateley Bridge

There are so many things to do around Pateley Bridge.

This picturesque town is the heart of the vibrant community that fills the valley of Nidderdale and is a great base from which to explore the stunning Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Walks can be as long and as challenging as you want them to be, with countless secluded treasures and breath taking views for you discover.

Hundreds of years of human activity have left a landscape strewn with curiosities; sighting towers used to direct the pipes carrying water from the reservoirs to the nearest towns and cities, kilns mines and quarries once the backbone of local industry, follies built as status symbols by local landowners.

Though still standing many of these have now been reclaimed by nature and become part of the landscape they once dominated.

Visit the Nidderdale Museum, a treasure trove of fascinating artefacts and reminders of the last 200 years, all donated or saved from the local area and lovingly presented to create a compelling narrative of Nidderdale.

Families will find a host of imaginative ways to keep active, with a range of activity centres for exploration, learning, or thrills and excitement; try out gorge scrambling, llama trekking, canoeing or nature trails to name just a few.

For a quick burning off of energy, a large park and recreation ground is just over the river from the town with plenty more than just the traditional swings and slide to entertain the young.

You’ll find the perfect place to stay with us too with a range of Pateley Bridge accommodation, both big and small, as well as holiday cottages and B&Bs in the surrounding villages for those seeking a quieter break.

The High Street in Pateley Bridge is well known for its local produce, novelties and arts and crafts.

You’ll find a perfect reminder of your visit, or a tasty treat to take a little of the Nidderdale spirit home with you.

Fine Yorkshire ales and delicious local cooking are the standard in the pubs and inns that line the valley, and you will get a warm welcome at any time of year, either basking in the beer garden or soaking up the heat from a roaring fire.

Base your visit around Pateley Bridge and enjoy the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales every day of your visit.

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  1. Vern Overton Cycling

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    Vern Overton Cycling

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    Cycle Hire

    Harrogate

    Vern Overton Cycling is a cycle-hire and guided tour company based in the scenic Nidderdale valley.  We provide quality road and mountain-bikes for hire, repairs and servicing and an expert knowledge of all local roads and trails.  In short - we provide you with a totally bespoke cycling service...

  2. Brimham Rocks

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    Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Pateley Bridge

    The Wonder of Nidderdale

    Brimham Rocks is an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations, sculpted over centuries by ice, wind and rain.

    It makes a great day out for families, climbers, walkers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent...

  3. How Stean Gorge Activity Centre

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    How Stean Gorge Activity Centre

    Type

    Adventure Sport Centre

    Pateley Bridge

    How Stean Gorge’s activity centre offers professional high quality outdoor experiences onsite in this natural wonder and at other exciting locations in the Yorkshire Dales. This special place is a spectacular limestone ravine carved out over thousands of years by waterflow, making it the perfect...

  4. Nidderdale Way

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    Nidderdale Way

    Type

    Walking Route

    Pateley Bridge

    The Nidderdale Way is a 53 mile circular walk beginning and ending in Pateley Bridge in the heart of Nidderdale.

    The walk travels the length of the valley, and then back again on the other side, at times following the River Nidd, but often detouring away to include as many points of interest for...

  5. How Stean Gorge

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    How Stean Gorge

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    Natural Feature

    Pateley Bridge

    A Natural Wonder. Carved out over thousands of years by waterflow, the Gorge is a spectacular limestone ravine in the Yorkshire Dales. This steep sided chasm is almost 1 km (just over ½ a mile) in length and up to 20 metres (80ft) deep in places. Armed with hardhat and torch, you’ll love scrambling...

  6. Coldstones

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    The Coldstones Cut

    Type

    Viewpoint

    Pateley Bridge

    The sculpture functions as an array of platforms from which visitors can view both the spectacular quarry hole and limestone quarrying operation, and the landscape of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty and beyond.

    The sculpture also functions as an interpretive medium for the surrounding...

  7. Killer Climbs - Trapping Hill (Côte de Lofthouse)

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    Killer Climbs - Trapping Hill (Côte de Lofthouse)

    Type

    Cycling - Road

    Pateley Bridge

    One of the most unrelenting climbs on offer in Nidderdale.  This is a climb that never ends, but if it does get the better of you, there are stunning views down the valley as a consolation.

    Climb Guide

    Starting from the Crown Hotel in Lofthouse you wind your way up through this pretty...

  8. Killer Climbs - Two Stoops (Naught Bank)

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    Killer Climbs - Two Stoops (Naught Bank)

    Type

    Cycling - Road

    Pateley Bridge

    Starting just a stone’s throw from the foot of the Peat Lane Climb this adjacent ascent features a very different profile and environment.  

    The climb makes its way right up the valley side, from the fields through the trees and out onto the moors at the very top.  Tight and windy this climb...

  9. Pateley Bridge Tourist Information

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    Pateley Bridge Tourist Information

    Pateley Bridge

    For that personal touch, a visit to the Nidderdale Plus office is a must, whether it's your first time in Pateley Bridge or you are a seasoned traveller in these parts.

    You can find us at the bottom of King Street, opposite the bus station and close to excellent parking. Our warm and welcoming...

  10. Tour de Nidderdale  - Cycle Route

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    Tour de Nidderdale - Cycle Route

    Type

    Cycle Route

    These two routes will each make for a vigourous ride in themselves, touring the valley of Nidderdale as well as Mashamshire and showing off some of the best views the valley has to offer as they go.

    They an be joined together to create a serious ride of almost 60 miles that will test the legs...

  11. Yorke's Folly (Two Stoops) & Crocodile Rock

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    Yorke's Folly (Two Stoops) & Crocodile Rock

    Type

    Landmark

    Pateley Bridge

    Yorke's Folly & Crocodile Rock are a popular pair of landmarks for short walks on the hill above Bewerley nr. Pateley Bridge.

    Yorke's Folly, now known locally as 'Two Stoops' is a pair of stone pillars styled to appear as if part of a ruined arch, though in truth they remain almost fully intact...

  12. Toft Gate Lime Kiln

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    Toft Gate Lime Kiln

    Type

    Historic Site

    Pateley Bridge

    Toft Gate Lime Kiln is a largely intact piece of Nidderdale’s industrial heritage which sits two miles out of Pateley Bridge on Greenhow Hill.

    The Toft gate Lime Kiln structure visible from the car park is not the kiln itself, but the flu stack, which sits some way from the kiln to keep the fumes...

  13. Great activities at Nidderdale Pool

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    Nidderdale Pool, Gym and Leisure Centre

    Type

    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Pateley Bridge

    Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre is set amongst idyllic Dales scenery in the market town of Pateley Bridge.

    Located on the site of Nidderdale High School, the centre was reopened in 2005 and now boasts: a Swimming Pool, Gym and full size sport hall, together with 2 squash courts...

  14. Bewerley Tree Trail

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    Bewerley Tree Trail

    Type

    Walking Route

    Pateley Bridge

    This short walk takes in the delightful village of Bewerley, and through fishpond wood, along side the lake.  The route offers beautiful views throughout the seasons, from bluebells to the rich colours of autumn.

    Nearest village: Bewerley.  

    Length: 1.25 miles (2km).  

    Time (approx): 1...

  15. Pillars Past

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    Pillars Past

    Type

    Sculpture

    Pateley Bridge

    As part of art project ‘Travelling Histories’, creating sculptures and installations along the length of the Way of the Roses this trio of pieces celebrates the heritage of Nidderdale.

    Created by stone mason Joseph Hayden each pillar represents a key part of the history of the area with the...

  16. Pateley Circular via Brimham Rocks

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    Pateley Circular via Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Walking Route

    Pateley Bridge

    Take a tour of hills around Pateley Bridge, with stunning views, unique landmarks and idylic locations along the way.  The key feature of this 9 mile loop is the remarkable National Trust site of Brimham Rocks, featuring gigantic rock formations hundreds of thousands of years in the making...

  17. Victorian Gardens of Pateley Bridge

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    Victorian Gardens of Pateley Bridge

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    Walking Route

    Pateley Bridge

    Take a tour around Pateley Bridge and see some of the fabulous historic houses and gardens.

    Nearest town: Pateley Bridge.  

    Length: 3.75 miles (6km) or 4.75 miles (7.5km).  

    Time (approx): 2-3 hours.  

    Difficulty: moderate

    Pateley Bridge has long been a focal point for visitors to...

  18. Brimham Blast MTB Route

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    Brimham Blast MTB Route

    Type

    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    A short but intense ride with spectacular views and challenging uphill and downhill sections.

    Start: Stif Cycles, Summerbridge. Length: 9 miles (15km). Difficulty: difficult.

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  19. Brimham Loop MTB Route

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    Brimham Loop MTB Route

    Type

    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    A ride of great variety through woodland and on quiet roads with stunning views of Nidderdale and a final descent along an ancient packhorse route.

    Start: Stif Cycles, Summerbridge. Length: 10 miles (15.5km). Difficulty: moderate.

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  20. Gouthwaite Circular MTB Route

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    Gouthwaite Circular MTB Route

    Type

    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    A good introductory route to the great mountain biking around Pateley Bridge & Nidderdale, this follows a track alongside Gouthwaite reservoir, back down the other side on tarmac before a more technical climbing section through old mine workings.

    Start: Pateley Bridge. Length: 12 miles (21km)....

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