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The Nidderdale National Landscape forms the southeastern part of the Yorkshire Dales.

Sitting between Wharfedale and Harrogate, the National Landscape contains some of the most beautiful countryside North Yorkshire has to offer.

The landscape and valleys have been moulded down the centuries by the practices of agriculture, mining, quarrying, textiles and water provision as well as the formidable power of the pre-dissolution monasteries.

The result is a complex historic environment with a great variety of man-made landscape features to complement the natural landmarks which already give the area such character.


What makes up the Nidderdale National Landscape

Whilst the central feature is the long, majestic dale of the River Nidd, the area stretches far beyond the valley of Nidderdale and its central town of Pateley Bridge.

The western side is a remote and wild gritstone landscape with heather moorland that is important for wildlife and home to some of the most famous grouse shoots in the country.

In contrast, the eastern part of the Nidderdale National Landscape features a softer, more pastoral landscape with rolling farmland, traditional hay meadows rich in wildlife and sheltered river valleys.

This part of the area is scattered with historic parks and gardens such as Hackfall Woods and Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal World Heritage Site.

To the south is the Washburn Valley with four beautiful yet distinctive reservoirs and picturesque stone-built villages.

The Natinoal Landscape Team

The National Landscape office is managed by a dedicated team working on behalf of those who live and work within its boundaries, visitors to the area and the wider community.

Their primary purpose is to conserve and enhance the area's special qualities whilst considering the local people's social and economic needs and meeting the demand for responsible enjoyment of the countryside.

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