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Pateley Bridge

        Pateley Bridge’s long, narrow main street has attractive shops, a couple of pubs, cafés, and a visitor centre. Along King Street in a building which once housed the former workhouse, you’ll find the outstanding Nidderdale Museum (website opens in new window), rich in artefacts which illuminate the past social and industrial life of the Dales.

Today the Nidderdale Light Railway to Lofthouse and the main Nidderdale branch railway to Harrogate have long vanished but the high quality hourly (every two hours on Sundays) bus service 24 from Harrogate and Ripley via Hampsthwaite, Birstwith, Dacre and Summerbridge  links the villages of Nidderdale and provides some attractive linear walks along Nidderdale Way and other routes.

By leaving the bus at Low Laithe near Summerbridge you can walk to Brimham Rocks (website opens in new window) with its fantastic wind sculptured crags. Return to Pateley Bridge on the Nidderdale Way via White Houses and Blazefield.

Another popular route is to Ramsgill and Lofthouse along the line of the former Nidd Valley Light Railway, or up to the ruined church of St Mary’s above Ripley Bank and via Knott to the disused Scot Bank quarries.

Other routes lead via Glasshouses to Guisecliffe Wood up to York’s Folly, to Sun Side and Ashfold Side, two narrow tributary valleys dominated by their extensive lead mining remains. Alternatively you can walk as far as Green How with its evocative church. The famous Stump Cross Caverns (website opens in new window) is not far away.

Public Transport Links:

  • Buses: 24 (daily), 25, 802, 812 (Summer Sundays)

Bus times can be checked at the Transport Direct and Dalesbus websites (links open in new windows).

Local services: Toilets, accommodation, cafes, pubs, shops, TIC

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