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The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) forms the south eastern part of the Yorkshire Dales.

Sitting between Wharfedale and Harrogate, the AONB contains some of the most beautiful countryside Yorkshire has to offer.

The landscape and valleys have been moulded down the centuries by the practices of agriculture, mining, quarrying, textiles and water provision as well as the formidable power of the pre-dissolution monasteries.

The result is a complex historic environment with a great variety of man-made landscape features to complement the natural landmarks which already give the area such character.

What makes up the Nidderdale AONB

Whilst the central feature is the long, majestic dale of the River Nidd, the AONB stretches far beyond the valley of Nidderdale and its central town of Pateley Bridge.

The western side is a remote and wild gritstone landscape with heather moorland that is important for wildlife and home to some of the most famous grouse shoots in the country.

In contrast the eastern part of the AONB features a softer, more pastoral landscape with rolling farmland, traditional hay meadows rich in wildlife and sheltered river valleys.

This part of the AONB is scattered with historic parks and gardens such as Hackfall Woods and Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal World Heritage Site.

To the south is the Washburn Valley with four beautiful yet distinctive reservoirs and picturesque stone built villages.

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A Magical Family Countryside Experience - The fairy village of 'Two Stone Wishes' has magically appeared! Discover the hidden code to unlock the gateway to reveal Studfold's magical wood and the secret hidden treasure box! Studfold Adventure Trails are reopening for 2020, entry will be by pre-booked ticket only. Visitor numbers are closely controlled and some activities and areas remain closed to ensure we can offer you a safe and enjoyable day out in the...

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Black Sheep Brewery & Tours
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The Seven Bridges Valley walk
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The Seven Bridges Valley walk

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Nidderdale AONB Events

Educating Rita
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The Memorial Hall, Park Road, Pateley...
16th Nov 2021

Educating Rita

Feisty hairdresser Rita, decides to ‘get educated’ by taking an Open University course supervised by world weary and somewhat...

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Guided walk of Hackfall Woods

Guided walk at Hackfall Thursday 14th October 2021 Come and explore beautiful Hackfall with us taking in the history...

Little Bird Artisan Market, Pateley Bridge - Sept '21
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Pateley Bridge
Pateley Bridge
26th Sep 2021

Little Bird Artisan Market, Pateley Bridge - Sept '21

Little Bird Artisan Market Pateley Bridge takes in the beautiful surroundings of the Nidderdale Showgound listed St. Wilfrid's church...

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Nidderdale AONB Blogs

An Outstanding love of Nidderdale AONB
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An Outstanding love of Nidderdale AONB

We spoke to Alice Crosby, Woodland Officer at Nidderdale AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), once voted one of the favourite...

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