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A Driving Tour of Nidderdale

A Driving Tour of Nidderdale

This is a great day out for anyone who wants to see the best of Nidderdale, or for those with limited mobility wanting to take in this beautiful area and some of its highlights.

We start in the north of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the quite mesmerising Druid's Temple, one of the areas more magical follies, before heading into the town of Masham to enjoy the Market that takes place every Wednesday and Saturday.

Then we leave Masham and take the scenic and sometimes remote road along Colsterdale, past the striking Colsterdale Towers before descending the winding road into Nidderdale and the village of Lofthouse.

Glimpse the magnificent Scar House Reservoir under the banks of Great Whernside before enjoying lunch at the beautiful How Stean Gorge.

If you have young ones in your group, take an hour or two, (or longer) to explore and discover the natural world at the Studfold Adventure Trails.

Then drive down the valley road past the Gouthwaite Reservoir Nature Reserve to Pateley Bridge at the heart of Nidderdale, with its beautiful high street full of curious shops and great cafes.  Don't miss the Nidderdale Museum which has disabled parking and a wheelchair lift.

The Pateley bridge recreation ground also offer short riverside walks and on summer Sundays concerts in the band stand.

The optional last attraction of this tour is the remarkable Coldstones Cut, which sits high atop Greenhow Hill giving remarkable views across the valley.  The cut itself is accessed by a steep track so may not be suitable for all, but beneath it, the Toft Gate Lime Kiln is more easily accessible and offers a great insight into Victorian industry in the dale.

Well after all that you're likely to have worked up an appetite so why not enjoy your evening meal at the Station Hotel in Birstwith.

Product Information

  1. The Druid's Temple

    Contact Details:

    Ilton
    Ripon
    N Yorkshire
    HG4 4JZ
  2. Courtesy of Jon Vennell

    Contact Details:

    Market Place
    Masham
    N Yorkshire
    HG4 4DY

    Tel:

    01765 604625
  3. Colsterdale Towers

    Contact Details:

    nr Leighton Res
    Healey
    Masham
  4. Scar House Reservoir

    Contact Details:

    Lofthouse
    Harrogate
    N Yorkshire
    HG3 5SW
  5. How Stean Gorge Cafe

    Contact Details:

    How Stean Gorge
    Lofthouse
    Harrogate
    N Yorkshire
    HG3 5SF

    Tel:

    01423 755666
  6. Studfold Adventure Trails

    Contact Details:

    Studfold Farm
    Lofthouse
    Harrogate
    North Yorkshire
    HG3 5SG

    Tel:

    01423 755228
  7. Gouthwaite Reservoir Nature Reserve

    Contact Details:

    Pateley Bridge
    N Yorkshire
    HG3 5AD
  8. Nidderdale Museum

    Nidderdale Museum

    Pateley Bridge

    Contact Details:

    Old Workhouse
    Pateley Bridge
    NORTH YORKSHIRE
    HG3 5LE

    Tel:

    01423 711225
  9. Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground

    Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground

    Pateley Bridge, Harrogate

    Contact Details:

    Street Lane
    Bridgehouse Gate
    Pateley Bridge
    Harrogate
    North Yorkshire
    HG3 5BA
  10. Toft Gate Lime Kiln

    Contact Details:

    Greenhow Hill
    Harrogate
    N Yorkshire
    HG3 5JL
  11. The Coldstones Cut

    Contact Details:

    Greenhow Hill
    Harrogate
    N Yorkshire
    HG3 5JL

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
The Druid's Temple (54.20384,-1.73379)Masham Market (54.22188,-1.65609)4.9
Masham Market (54.22188,-1.65609)Colsterdale Towers (54.18966,-1.75729)6.75
Colsterdale Towers (54.18966,-1.75729)Scar House Reservoir (54.18788,-1.89956)8.34
Scar House Reservoir (54.18788,-1.89956)How Stean Gorge Cafe (54.15679,-1.85809)3.95
How Stean Gorge Cafe (54.15679,-1.85809)Studfold Adventure Trails (54.15363,-1.85297)0.44
Studfold Adventure Trails (54.15363,-1.85297)Gouthwaite Reservoir Nature Reserve (54.12417,-1.81097)3.85
Gouthwaite Reservoir Nature Reserve (54.12417,-1.81097)Nidderdale Museum (54.08784,-1.75932)4.74
Nidderdale Museum (54.08784,-1.75932)Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground (54.08518,-1.7627)0.33
Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground (54.08518,-1.7627)Toft Gate Lime Kiln (54.07528,-1.80259)2.55
Toft Gate Lime Kiln (54.07528,-1.80259)The Coldstones Cut (54.0728,-1.80796)0.4
The Coldstones Cut (54.0728,-1.80796)The Station Hotel Restaurant (54.03395,-1.62688)11.34
Total Distance *47.58 miles
Estimated Journey Time1.53 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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