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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. Brimham Rocks

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    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 views....

  2. How Stean Gorge

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    Type

    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.  Now with a stunning new glass floored building that hangs out over the gorge.  Experience the hieght, and the beauty of this place as has never been possible...

  3. The Nidderdale Way

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    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...

  4. How Stean Gorge Activity Centre

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    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...

  5. Vern Overton Cycling

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    Type

    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.  

    Why not ride together as a family along the scenic Nidderdale...

  6. Great Greenhow MTB route

    Add Great Greenhow MTB route to your Itinerary

    Type

    Cycling - MTB

    Pateley Bridge

    This 25 mile cross-country route takes you far from the town and villages and up onto the remote moors and the high peak of Greenhow Hill. 

    Reaching right onto the edge of Barden Fell and offering dramatic views out into wharfedale this route then returns back into Nidderdale with a fast...

  7. Coldstones

    Add The Coldstones Cut to your Itinerary

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    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...

  8. Pateley Bridge Tourist Information

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    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...

  9. Toft Gate Lime Kiln

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    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...

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

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    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...

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

    Add Killer Climbs - Trapping Hill (Côte de Lofthouse) to your Itinerary

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    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.

    On 29 April 2017 the Cote de Lofthouse was the main climb of both the women's and Stage 2 of the men's...

  12. The View looking back from the top of Old Church Lane

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    Cycling - Road

    Pateley Bridge

    One regular comment from visitors to Pateley Bridge is how steep the high street is.  In point of fact at less than 10% it’s not all that steep at all, as you’ll find out on this Killer Climb.  Instead of following the main road down the valley from the top of the high street, this climb goes...

  13. Killer Climbs - Peat Lane

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    Cycling - Road

    Pateley Bridge

    Less than a mile from Pateley Bridge this climb feels surprisingly remote.  A brutal climb used locally for hill climb training (some will do reps believe it or not) or as a traffic free alternative to Greenhow Hill as it has negligible traffic, and as such it can be included in a number of popular...

  14. Killer Climbs - Two Stoops (Naught Bank)

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    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...

  15. Tour de Nidderdale  - Cycle Route

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    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...

  16. The Giant Hedgehog

    Add Studfold Adventure Trails to your Itinerary

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Pateley Bridge

    Studfold is superbly situated in the heart of beautiful Upper Nidderdale; ‘one of England’s hidden gems’.

    Set amongst the dry stone walls of hill farms near Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire and with our own camping and caravan park.

    Fun for the whole family and the chance to experience...

  17. Pateley Circular via Brimham Rocks

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    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.

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  18. Bewerley Tree Trail

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    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 hour.  ...

  19. St. Mary's - The Old Church of Pateley Bridge

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    Historic Site

    Pateley Bridge

    Built in the late 13th Century, the remains of this Parochial Chapel sits high above the town amidst a small woodland area.

    The church was reconstructed in the 17th Century and the tower was built, which is opened to the public during the annual Heritage Open Days events.

    The church fell into...

  20. Bewerley Industrial Heritage Trail

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    Walking Route

    Pateley Bridge

    This route can be started from Pateley Bridge or the car park at the Coldstones Cut. Comprised of two loops forming a figure of eight the steeper longer route stretches down into the valley through the village of Bewerley, while the shorter but less well defined loop circles the village of...

  21. Gouthwaite Reservoir Nature Reserve

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    Bird Watching

    Pateley Bridge

    Gouthwaite Reservoir Nature Reserve and its site of Special Scientific Interest attracts a wonderfully wide range of wetland birds as well as some of the most majestic raptors in the area.

    Gouthwaite Reservoir Nature Reserve has a car park and picnic area which operates on an honesty box...

  22. Brimham Loop MTB Route

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    Type

    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    This accessible cross-country mountain bike loop combines quiet country lanes with bridleways and tracks for a rolling ten mile circuit around lower Nidderdale.

    The route starts from Stif Cycles in Summerbridge and can be completed in 60 to 90 minutes depending on rider speed and ability.

    ...

  23. Pateley Bridge Playhouse

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    Type

    Theatre

    Pateley Bridge

    A historic playhouse with a fascination history which now is now home to the Pateley Bridge Dramatic society, who have consistently received plaudits for their productions.  The playhouse sees a range of new and local works alongside stage classics and an annual pantomime.

    The playhouse can...

  24. Nidderdale Southern AONB Loop - Road Route

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    Type

    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    This loop crosses moors and valleys, scales remote hilltops and follows rivers on its 39 mile length around the southern part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

    Highlights include the climb up Greenhow Hill, spectacular views across far reaching moorland and...

  25. Nidderdale Northern AONB Loop - Road Route

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    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    This route is a variation on a popular local classic, and includes some of the best roads for riding in the Harrogate area.  

    As the name suggests the route tours the northern half of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) so while the route contains some challenging climbs...

  26. Brimham Blast MTB Route

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    Type

    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    The Brimham Blast is a short but technical nine mile mountain bike loop that will still put a sting in the legs.   The start point is Stif Cycles in Summerbridge, though the route can also be started from Pateley Bridge. 

    To make a morning or an afternoon of it, why not combine with route with...

  27. Six Dales Trail

    Add Six Dales Trail to your Itinerary

    Type

    Walking Route

    Pateley Bridge

    This 38 mile route takes in the entire length of the Nidderdale AONB from Otley in Wharfedale to Middleham in Wensleydale and showcases some of the remarkably beautiful dales in our area.

    The route features great contrasts of high heather moorland, stone wall enclosed pastures and parkland of...

  28. Nidderdale Museum

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    Type

    Museum

    Harrogate

    This museum in Pateley Bridge in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales has eleven rooms covering all aspects of Nidderdale life in the past.

    The Nidderdale Museum displays include a complete cobbler's shop, Victorian sitting-room and kitchen, school room, general store, joiner's shop and solicitor's...

  29. Gouthwaite Circular MTB Route

    Add Gouthwaite Circular MTB Route to your Itinerary

    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)....

  30. Great activities at Nidderdale Pool

    Add Nidderdale Pool, Gym and Leisure Centre to your Itinerary

    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...

  31. Pillars Past

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    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...

  32. Victorian Gardens of Pateley Bridge

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    Type

    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...

  33. Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground

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    Type

    Municipal Park

    Pateley Bridge

    A Large and spacious recreation area conveniently places in the heart of Pateley Bridge featuring a well-equipped children’s playground including swings, climbing frame, slide and zip wire. 

    The park also enjoys a large football area, bowling green, basketball court, bandstand with regular...

  34. Bewerley Grange Chapel

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    Type

    Historic Site

    Pateley Bridge

    This hidden gem at the heart of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was built by Marmaduke Huby, Abbot of Fountains Abbey 1495-1526, and his monogram can still be seen on the east and south walls. Since the Dissolution of the Monasteries the chapel has served as a dwelling house, a...

  35. The Old Workhouse

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    Type

    Arts Centre

    Pateley Bridge

    King Street Workshops in Pateley Bridge are a creative workspace for small and artisitic businesses in the town.

    The workshops are housed in the building that was once the Workhouse; where the poor and the homeless of Pateley Bridge were once housed. 

    The building sits on the steep hill...

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