Nidderdale – truly a Yorkshire gem
Here in Harrogate, we have our very own dale just a short drive away and it’s a hidden gem! Nidderdale sits just outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park but is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which more than lives up to the description!
The River Nidd runs the length of the dale with its source at the base of the majestic Great Whernside (704m). The young river tumbles through rugged moorland where the seasons are measured by golden gorse in the spring and rich purple heather at the summer’s end. Follow the river downstream where the slopes become gentler and the pastures more lush and a network of picturesque villages demand exploration!
Spoilt for choice in Nidderdale – a wide choice of self catering cottages and houses
We have a wide selection of holiday cottages, converted barns and houses perfect for your needs – whether it’s a stone built cottage to sleep a large family with plenty of space to run around outside (take a look at Daffodil Cottage or the Cottage at Nidderdale), a cosy hideaway for 2 (Robbie’s Retreat), a sumptuous house for 8 guests with Aga (Ivy Cottage) or a chic conversion with views to die for (the Washburn). We have plenty to whet your appetite!
A sense of the past – explore Yorkshire heritage and history
Nidderdale has a rich archaeology spanning back to the bronze age and visitors can explore the valley’s history of iron and lead smelting, mills which harnessed the plentiful water power available and even the Roman’s left their mark! The Nidderdale Museum in Pateley Bridge is a great place to start!
Get active on the bike tracks and walking trails of Yorkshire
Nidderdale is a playground for anyone who loves the outdoors! Whether you want a gentle riverside stroll or a 3 day hike, there is a wealth of short, medium and long distance walks in and around the area. The Nidderdale Way is a 53 mile circular walk from Pateley Bridge, the 6 Dales Trail runs the 38 miles along the entire length of the Nidderdale AONB from Otley to Middleham, whilst the Crackpots Mosaic Trail around Dallowgill near Kirkby Malzeard incorporates 22 delightful mosaics portraying the flora and fauna along the route.
Lovers of two wheels have plenty to look forward to – whether it’s off or on road cycling! There is a wide range of mountain bike trails ranging from the technically challenging to those for all the family to enjoy – take a look at Single Traction in and around the Washburn Valley (and stay at Calf Cottage close by).
So much to do – attractions, events and activities for everyone
Yorkshire’s natural beauty is dramatically on show at attractions the length of the valley. At National Trust Brimham Rocks, the millstone grit rock strata have been weathered to form a vast natural adventure playground whilst How Stean Gorge even has a via ferrata for those with a head for heights! One not to miss is Coldstones Cut - a gigantic sculpture art installation giving panoramic views of Nidderdale and beyond.
Events abound, with the annual Pateley Bridge Walking Festival and the biannual Niddfest cultural festival whilst the hugely popular Nidderdale Agricultural Show held in September is a great day out for all the family.
Food Glorious food – great places to eat and drink
Yorkshire has some of the best places to eat and Nidderdale is no exception! Whether you’re looking for fine dining (the Michelin starred Yorke Arms at Ramsgill is wonderful) or pubs serving superb food (we love the Station Hotel at Birstwith, the Wellington at Darley and the Sportsman’s Arms at Wath) there’s something for every pocket and taste! And for cake lovers (and who isn’t?) Sophie’s café at Hampsthwaite and the Toft Gate Barn Café just above Pateley Bridge are both worth a special trip.