Search

There is no limit to the number of different walks you can enjoy in Pateley Bridge and around Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); with hundreds of miles of footpaths and vast swathes of Access Land you can combine those key elements of distance, solitude, beauty and altitude to make the perfect walk.


Nidderdale walks Angram sign post, (credit Paul Skirrow)

Nidderdale Walks by Nidderdale experts

The Nidderdale AONB office have prepared and way-marked a variety of walks that offer informative and intriguing introductions to some of the lesser well-known areas of the area, with useful and interesting information on the surrounding landscape to help you get the most from your walk.

Many of our Nidderdale Walks will take in some of the top landmarks around the AONB, as well as a selection of smaller curiosities that the AONB office have detailed in their walks leaflets, be it in the dry stone walls around the village of Dacre or the trees of Blubberhouses.

Industrial Heritage in Nidderdale

See how mankind has changed Nidderdale

The Nidderdale AONB may be a stunning natural landscape but hundreds of years of human activity has left its mark across the hills and valleys.

A  number of walks explore the industrial heritage of the areas around Pateley Bridge, the village of Bewerley and Greenhow Hill, where you can explore the Coldstones Cut and look down into the last working quarry in Nidderdale, you can see the remnants of Victorian industry at the Toft Gate Lime Kiln and looks across the valley and see the scars of Victorian industry.

Many of the Reservoirs in the valley offer walks both around their shores and across the hills above them, as well as providing thriving habitats to birds and wildlife. Their dams stand as a proud testament to the impressive engineering of the early 1900s.

The Nidderdale Way
Stay Active
Pateley Bridge
The Nidderdale Way icon

The Nidderdale Way

The Nidderdale Way is a 53 mile circular walk beginning and ending in Pateley Bridge in the heart of...

Six Dales Trail
Stay Active
Pateley Bridge
Six Dales Trail icon

Six Dales Trail

This 38 mile route takes in the entire length of the Nidderdale AONB from Otley in Wharfedale to Middleham...

Ripon Rowel Walk
Stay Active
Ripon
Ripon Rowel Walk icon

Ripon Rowel Walk

This route around the City of Ripon roves far and wide, taking in historic monuments and follies, the rolling...

Loading...

Loading entries...

Go Long…

The most popular long-distance walking route is The Nidderdale Way, 54 miles of climbs, desolate moorland, and idyllic riverside and rolling farmland. Many accommodation providers will offer a shuttle service for groups walking to complete the way which can be undertaken in a relaxing 7 days, a steady 4 days, or an ambitious 2 days for those with pace and stamina.

Other long routes include the Six Dales Trail and historically rich Ripon Rowel route.

Explore Further

If you prefer to be the master of your own fate, you can find all of Nidderdale on the Ordinance Survey’s Explorer 298, which shows footpaths, bridleway and access land.

Great Walks, long and short

Grimwith Reservoir Walk
Things To Do

Grimwith Reservoir Walk

Scar House Reservoir Walk
Things To Do

Scar House Reservoir Walk

The Yorkes of Bewerley Trail
Things To Do

The Yorkes of Bewerley Trail

Pateley Bridge Heritage Trails
Things To Do

Pateley Bridge Heritage Trails

Bewerley Tree Trail
Things To Do

Bewerley Tree Trail

Nought Moor Trail
Things To Do

Nought Moor Trail

Greenhow Geology Trail
Things To Do

Greenhow Geology Trail

Victorian Gardens of Pateley...
Things To Do

Victorian Gardens of Pateley...

Pateley Bridge Circular via...
Things To Do

Pateley Bridge Circular via...

Loading...

Loading entries...

Events in  Pateley Bridge

Late Night Christmas Shopping...
8th Dec 2023

Late Night Christmas Shopping...

A Christmas by the Arcadian...
8th Dec 2023

A Christmas by the Arcadian...

Summerbridge and Dacre...
9th Dec 2023

Summerbridge and Dacre...

Christmas Wreath Making...
9th Dec 2023

Christmas Wreath Making...

Long Course Weekend: Yorkshire
6th Sept 2024

Long Course Weekend: Yorkshire

Loading...

Loading entries...

Blogs in  Pateley Bridge

Remember, remember the 5th of...

Remember, remember the 5th of...

Welcome to Restaurant Week
Food & Drink

Welcome to Restaurant Week

Enjoy a long weekend fit for...

Enjoy a long weekend fit for...

Things to do this February...

Things to do this February...

10 Winter Walks around...
Heritage

10 Winter Walks around...

Half Term and Halloween Fun

Half Term and Halloween Fun

Find the colours of Autumn on...
Feel Good Place

Find the colours of Autumn on...

Autumn colours in the...
Things To Do

Autumn colours in the...

A place to feel good: How...
Outdoors

A place to feel good: How...

Loading...

Loading entries...