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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. Great Greenhow MTB route

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    Great Greenhow MTB route

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    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…

  2. 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.  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. How Stean Gorge Activity Centre

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    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…

  4. Vern Overton Cycling

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    Vern Overton Cycling

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    Cycle Hire

    Harrogate

    Overview

    We are a cycle-hire and guided tour company based in the scenic Nidderdale valley.  We provide road bikes, mountain-bikes, e-bikes and hybrids for personal hire and also offer a fully qualified bike guiding service.  We can also deliver bikes to your accommodation or to an area where…

  5. Stunning Views from Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale

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    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.…

  6. Great activities at Nidderdale Pool

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    Nidderdale Pool, Gym and Leisure Centre

    Type

    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Pateley Bridge

    Set amongst idyllic Dales scenery on the outskirts of the market town of Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre is a brisk 15 minutes’ walk or short car journey from the main high street.

    Important Notice: Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre is closed from Saturday 21 March until…

  7. Toft Gate Lime Kiln

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    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…

  8. Nidderdale Museum

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    Nidderdale Museum

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    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…

  9. Studfold Adventure Trails

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    Studfold Adventure Trails

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    Nature Trail

    Pateley Bridge

    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…

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

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    Yorke's Folly (Two Stoops) & Crocodile Rock

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    Open Spaces

    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. Pillars Past

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    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…

  12. The Coldstones Cut

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    The Coldstones Cut

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    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…

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

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    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…

  14. Pateley Bridge Playhouse

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    Pateley Bridge Playhouse

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    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…

  15. Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground

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    Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground

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    Municipal Park

    Pateley Bridge

    A Large and spacious recreation area conveniently placed 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…

  16. Colsterdale Towers

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    Colsterdale Towers

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    Tower

    Masham

    The Colsterdale Towers are a set of three sighting towers in Colsterdale, at the North of the NIdderdale AONB. They were constructued to help engineers cunduct surveys during the construction of the Leighton and Roundhill Reservoirs around the turn of the Century by the Harrogate Water Corporation…

  17. Gouthwaite Reservoir Nature Reserve

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    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…

  18. Restaurant Harrogate in the yorkshire Dales

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    How Stean Gorge Cafe & The Vista View Bistro

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    Café

    Pateley Bridge

    How Stean Gorge Cafe (Serving meals 9am - 4pm, 7 days a week & closing at 5pm) - Located Natural Wonder.  Tasty modern food is served here within the leafy café setting in the Yorkshire Dales.

    How Stean Gorge will be closed from 5 November to 2 December, we look forward to welcoming you back…

  19. The Station Hotel

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    The Station Hotel Restaurant

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    Restaurant

    Harrogate

    The Station Hotel is situated in the beautiful Nidderdale village of Birstwith, just 5 miles from Harrogate. Our location provides excellent access to the Yorkshire Dales, Ripon, Knaresborough and the spa town of Harrogate.

     

    Coronavirus update - we will be offering a takeaway service…

  20. Bewerley Grange Chapel

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    Bewerley Grange Chapel

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    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…

  21. King Street Workshops

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    King Street Workshops

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    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…

  22. Stone building with porch entrance and flowers in hanging baskets

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    The Firs Tea Room

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    Café

    Harrogate

    The Firs is situated in the heart of the village and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Nidderdale area.  A delicious home cooked full breakfast will be served in the tea room. the tranquil tea room serves a variety of tasty home cooked foods locally sourced including morning brunches…

  23. wooden picnic benches outside with flowers in jars on pebbled surface next to fields and woodland. sunny day

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    Smeltbakes

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    Café

    Smeltbakes is an outdoor cafe for walkers/cyclists walking the Nidderdale Way. Fresh homemade cakes, teas and coffees available. We are located between Brimham Rocks and Smelthouses on the Nidderdale Way.

    UPDATE: Social distancing is not a problem here! Outdoor seating is spaced apart.

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    Whittaker's Distillery Tours

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    Distillery

    Whittaker's Distillery in the heart of Nidderdale offers Distillery Tours which include a welcome G&T then a tour by our Master Distiller Toby. Afterwards a full tasting with nibbles and then a G&T of your choice. Includes £5 off per person to spend in the shop on the day all for £20. Or simply…

  25. Couple standing next to a rock with a large engraving of a hare

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    Whittaker's Distillery Ltd

    Type

    Speciality Shop

    Whittaker's Distillery is family owned and run which is nestled amidst the wild, rugged, rolling pastures of Nidderdale. A unique distillery in an iconic setting, Whittaker's captures the essence of the surrounding landscape to create international award spirits and whisky inspired by nature…

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