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All about Pateley Bridge

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.

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 the High Street is so popular 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 poular 54 mile walk, the Nidderdale Way begins and ends in in the town.

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.

Famous for...

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.

Big Events...

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.

The Niddfest Literary Festival celebrates nature in writing with talks and activities featuring a range of guest authors.

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