Lofthouse & Middlesmoor
Lofthouse is just five miles from Pateley Bridge and can be accessed using public transport on Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays using Dalesbus 25 - the Nidderdale Rambler bus.
At other times the only options are to cycle or to follow the Nidderdale Way on foot, which provides an attractive circular walk along each side of the valley to and from Lofthouse.
Just over half a mile from Lofthouse, but up a fairly steep field path, is Middlesmoor. This is one of the few genuine hill villages in the Pennines. Perched on the end of a ridge overlooking the main dale, it offers one of the finest views in the eastern Dales looking down the valley to Gouthwaite Reservoir.
From Middlesmoor, Moor Lane carries the Nidderdale Way northwards to Scar House and Angram Reservoirs whilst a return can be made along the other branch of the Nidderdale Way along the River Nidd via Manchester Hole Cave.
Closer to Lofthouse in the little How Stean Valley is How Stean Gorge (website opens in new window), a narrow limestone gorge with surging waterfalls, punctuated by small caves which can be explored with a torch. A popular café forms the entrance (entrance toll payable) to this fascinating area.
Strong walkers can reach Middlesmoor by a monastic track from Kilnsey and Conistone in Wharfedale. From here you can return by bus or head northwards over Dead Main’s Hill into Coverdale towards Leyburn. Distances are long, however, and transport is very sparse so for most people an overnight stay will be necessary as part of this walk.
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