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Things to do in Pateley Bridge and the surrounding area.

Nidderdale is one of the most beautiful of the Yorkshire Dales boasting some spectacular scenery and was recognised by the government as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in 1994. Providing inspiration for both artists and writers it has been lauded over the years in photographic and written form for all to appreciate. The dale boasts some of the most inspiring walks and the peace of the tranquil landscape is a welcome therapy for many urban and city dwellers keen to ‘get away’ and enjoy.
Pateley Bridge has some charming olde worlde shops with a delight of tea rooms and craft centres, with charming antiques, books, home-produce and knick-knacks which are all well represented along with the oldest sweetshop in England in the High Street, and with the Crown Inn nestling in the middle.

Nidderdale Museum, is well worth a visit – it is housed in the original Victorian workhouse. There is a replicated cobbler’s shop, school room and many artefacts which tell the story of yesteryear in the dale.
Other local areas visitors to the dale could add to their agenda are:

Brimham Rocks, about 5 miles from Pateley Bridge, the Rocks are an ice age remnant and have provided visitors with a fascinating spectacle of natural rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes surrounded by breath-taking views across the Yorkshire Dales.

How Stean Gorge, about 6 miles up the dale above Pateley Bridge, this is known as 'Yorkshire's Little Switzerland'. You will need good footwear and a love of dramatic scenery for this. A path runs the length of the a limestone gorge, which is  up to 80 feet deep in some places, and is crossed by interspersed narrow bridges.  Tom Taylors Cave is worth a gander.  There is a children’s playground and a café with local produce and home-baked goodies. You can even hire a bike if you feel energetic.

Stump Cross Caverns.  Fascinating geological formations which began millions of years ago when the Yorkshire Dales were covered in ocean. Sediment formed into limestone providing the basis for the beginning. As the years progressed the oceans gone, acid rain infiltrated and eroded the limestone and later streams entered the cracks that ultimately created these wondrous caves. The beauty of Stalagmites and stalactites formed over the centuries add dramatic effect and an aura of wonder.

Bird watchers can feast their eyes by visiting the reservoirs in the dale. Gouthwaite reservoir, above Pateley Bridge is a bird sanctuary and further up the dale are the reservoirs of Scar and Angram.

Nidderdale Show, is a very substantial agricultural show held on the last Monday in September. It could be well worth timing your visit to Nidderdale to coincide with this event. Over 14,000 visitors attend the show and even if the weather is inclement there is much to attract all. Liberally covering all aspects of Dale’s life it boasts tents of flower arrangements, rabbits and guinea pigs, hens of varieties most have never seen. There are of course the large cow, sheep and pig tents with many of the animals being paraded. Children’s local crafts are on display, the Women’s Institute tent is always well attended with crafts and cakes and scones to die for! Dogs are well represented with a judging show. There is a Brass Band, sheep dog trials, displays of farm implements, classical vehicles, many side stands and of course at least two beer tents! So much to take in. There is also a fun fair with many exciting rides. Car parking is well catered for.

Yorke's Folly, dominates the skyline looking up at Greenhow. The three shafts that were orginally built in the late 18th century were meant to look like the ruin of an east window or church crossing. Locally known as 'Two Stoups', one of the shafts was blown down in a storm in 1893. It was commissioned by the Yorke family who also also built the new hall at Bewerley, it was constructed to provide employment in a recession.

How Stean

Stump Cross Caverns

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