To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used. By using the site it's assumed that you're happy with our use of cookies. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More info on cookies.
Allow cookies


Nidderdale Southern AONB Loop - Road Route

Pateley Bridge, HG3 5HW
Nidderdale Southern AONB Loop - Road Route


Add Nidderdale Southern AONB Loop - Road Route to your Itinerary


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 reservoirs across the Washburn Valley and Nidderdale as well as some challenging climbs.

For a bigger challenge this route can be combined with the Northern AONB Route for an 80 mile challenge.

Ride Guide

There are several possible start points for this ride, including the Yorkshire Water Car Park at Fewston Reservoir, the town of Otley in Wharfedale, and the village of Birstwith. For this guide we will start in Pateley Bridge, in the heart of the Nidderdale AONB.

There is really no other way to put it, this route begins with an utter pig of a climb, Greenhow Hill, which made an appearance on stage one of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire and saw a thrilling competition for the first climbing jersey of the race.

If you prefer to avoid  the traffic on Greenhow Hill you can take the alternative way up this hill, the Peat Lane killer Climb, though profile of Peat Lane climb is even worse.

However once up, you can enjoy a long 7mile spin across the moors before you drop down to cross the A59, and then kick up the sharp climb at the curiously named Blubberhouses.

Another long climb up to the moors will take you to the crossroads where you turn right drop down to the little village of Askwith, and on to Otley. This halfway point is the perfect place to pick up supplies or refreshments.

Out of Otley the country roads will lead you back into the Washburn Valley as you swoop down to and cross Linley Wood Reservoir. Then its another serious climb, popular with locals - Norwood Edge is a steep and unrelenting ascent.

For those who also ride off road, this hillside is home to the Stainburn Forest Mountain Bike Trails, including the most technical black graded trail in England.

Things stay gentle from now on, as you cross over the A59 again and drop down into Birstwith, and return to Nidderdale. From there its an undulating route along side the River Nidd.

One last serious climb seperates you from the end of the ride, as you climb up to the village of Dacre, and then further up to Heyshaw Moor. Ths road will give one of the most stunnings views Nidderdale has to offer as you crest the hill.

CAUTION:  Care should be taken on the final descent of Naught Bank (also one of our Killer Climbs), this road is very steep, narrow and winding and the road surface is poor in places.

Search What's Nearby

Product Type
Within miles

What's Nearby

  1. Ashfield House

    Ashfield House

    Add Ashfield House to your Itinerary

    The Holiday Apartment Sleeps 2/4 people In two acres of garden with views, peacefull…

    0.19 miles away
  2. Lavender Cottage, Pateley Bridge

    Lavender Cottage, Pateley Bridge

    Add Lavender Cottage, Pateley Bridge to your Itinerary

    Lavender Cottage is a converted barn in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales with its own…

    0.72 miles away
  3. The Firs - B&B with Tea Rooms

    The Firs - B&B with Tea Rooms

    Add The Firs - B&B with Tea Rooms to your Itinerary

    The Firs Bed & Breakfast is found in the village of Summerbridge in the beautiful area of…

    3.29 miles away
  1. Helme Pasture Lodges & Cottages

    Helme Pasture Lodges & Cottages

    Add Helme Pasture Lodges & Cottages to your Itinerary

    Farmhouse Cottages and Scandinavian lodges for short breaks and longer stays within…

    3.43 miles away
  2. Manor House Farm Caravan Park

    Manor House Farm Caravan Park

    Add Manor House Farm Caravan Park to your Itinerary

    The site is situated in an area of outstanding beauty in Nidderdale, being 12 miles from…

    4.82 miles away
  3. Little Seed Field

    Little Seed Field

    Add Little Seed Field to your Itinerary

    Little Seed Field is a unique, rural glamping retreat set in the glorious Yorkshire…

    4.82 miles away
  4. High Winsley Farm

    High Winsley Farm

    Add High Winsley Farm to your Itinerary

    High Winsley Farm is a stone-built property set in peaceful scenic countryside, 1 miles…

    5.34 miles away
  5. Grantley Hall

    Grantley Hall

    Add Grantley Hall to your Itinerary

    Nestled away in the Yorkshire Dales, Grantley Hall is a luxury hotel and wellness retreat…

    5.81 miles away
  6. The Sawley Arms, Country pub with rooms.

    The Sawley Arms, Country pub with rooms.

    Add The Sawley Arms, Country pub with rooms. to your Itinerary

    We are a traditional English country inn priding ourselves on serving freshly cooked and…

    5.85 miles away
  7. Studfold Caravan, Glamping and Camping Park

    Studfold Caravan, Glamping and Camping Park

    Add Studfold Caravan, Glamping and Camping Park to your Itinerary

    Studfold’s caravan, camping and glamping park in the Yorkshire Dales has wonderful…

    6.04 miles away
  8. How Stean Gorge Campsite, Bunkhouse and Bunk Barn

    How Stean Gorge Campsite, Bunkhouse and Bunk Barn

    Add How Stean Gorge Campsite, Bunkhouse and Bunk Barn to your Itinerary

    Informal campsite at stunning location with shop and licensed restaurant. Free wifi,…

    6.39 miles away
  9. Holly Beck Stables

    Holly Beck Stables

    Add Holly Beck Stables to your Itinerary

    A perfect blend of town and country, Holly Beck Stables is a romantic bolthole.  This…

    6.43 miles away
  10. The Station Hotel

    The Station Hotel

    Add The Station Hotel to your Itinerary

    Planning on staying at the amazing Station Hotel in Harrogate?...If so, you have come to…

    6.48 miles away
  11. Cold Cotes Luxury Accommodation

    Cold Cotes Luxury Accommodation

    Add Cold Cotes Luxury Accommodation to your Itinerary

    Cold Cotes, a collection of warm and welcoming luxury accommodation in a delightful rural…

    6.5 miles away
  12. West Leas Holiday Cottages

    West Leas Holiday Cottages

    Add West Leas Holiday Cottages to your Itinerary

    Six self catering cottages on a small farm looking out over the Yorkshire Dales.  Located…

    7.16 miles away
  13. Holme Grange Farm

    Holme Grange Farm

    Add Holme Grange Farm to your Itinerary

    The Wheelhouse is a unique Bed and Breakfast property. It is a newly converted ground…

    7.44 miles away
Previous Next

Now featuring traveller reviews from TripAdvisor.