What to See in Nidderdale

The attractive market town of Pateley Bridge, with its colourful floral displays and friendly people, is the self-styled capital of Nidderdale. Set against a steep hillside, the town offers a wide variety of speciality including the world famous Oldest Sweet Shop, award winning butchers, cosy tearooms and welcoming public houses.

Explore a little further and you will discover its hidden treasures.

Visit the award-winning Nidderdale Museum, the Pateley Playhouse 'Little Theatre of the Dales' and the creative talents of a potter, jeweller, glassblower and others hard at work in the King Street Workshops on the site of The Old Workhouse. Traditions are also enthusiastically preserved with annual events such as the Nidderdale Agricultural Show held in late September and recognised as one of the country's finest. This is followed later in the week by the Pateley Bridge Walking Festival.

There are many places to visit during your stay. In the upper Dale lies How Stean Gorge, How Stean Gorge - A Spectacular Limestone Feature In Nidderdale an amazing limestone cleft, known locally as 'Little Switzerland'. Nearby is the Studfold Explore Discover and Learn Nature Trail where there is fun and adventure for all the family. Following the River Nidd upstream, above the village of Lofthouse, are caves and potholes that attract cavers from all around the country. At the head of the Dale are the reservoirs built to supply the city of Bradford at the start of the 20th century – look around and you will find the remains of the village that housed over 1000 workers during the construction of Scar House reservoir.

The Coldstones CutTo the west of Pateley Bridge on Greenhow Hill is the recently opened Coldstones Cut. Created by the artist Andrew Sabin, the Coldstones Cut is Yorkshire's latest visitor attraction. A massive construction which visitors can freely walk through and explore, the sculpture overlooks the huge working Coldstones Quarry and offers spectacular views over the scenery of Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales .

From Pateley Bridge you can enjoy the riverside walk to Glasshouses. At Wilsill, just below Pateley Bridge, is the family-run trekking centre Nidderdale Llamas. Mid-dale, near Summerbridge, gaze upon the country's most awe-inspiring rock formation at Brimham Rocks.


Darley Mill Centre is a 17th Century listed corn mill retaining many original features including a fully restored 27ft waterwheel, three floors of shopping, a restaurant and children’s play area. Whilst standing sentinel at the lower end of the Dale is Ripley Castle, home to the Ingilby family since the 1320s.

Little wonder then that Nidderdale is increasingly becoming more peoples' chosen destination and a mecca for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. A wide variety of additional leisure pursuits are also catered for including watersports, fishing, pot-holing and rock climbing. Its numerous caravan sites can also accommodate those who enjoy camping.

A little further afield, no visit would be complete without seeing the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, widely regarded as the finest Cistercian monastic ruin in Europe.

Other favourites easily accessible from Nidderdale are the abbeys of Bolton and Jervaulx, the Bronte Parsonage at Haworth, Lightwater Valley Theme Park, and Masham's old established breweries.

The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
See also the maps of Nidderdale
Yorkshire Dales tourism website

Nidderdale - naturally a better place!

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