Upper Nidderdale is part of the Nidderdale AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
It is an outstandingly beautiful and amazing place to live, visit, walk, cycle, or just a place to sit and admire the wonderful Dales views.
The Upper Dale has a variety of places to cater for a day’s visit or a longer break. Within the surrounding area or in the 4 villages of Middlesmoor, Lofthouse, Ramsgill, and Wath there 3 Cafes, 4 Public Houses/Restaurants, Visitor Attractions, and many Static/Touring Parks, Holiday Cottages, and Bed and Breakfast options.
Situated in the picturesque town of Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, this fascinating and friendly museum is housed in the former workhouse and is situated opposite St Cuthbert’s Parish Church. Its 11 rooms illustrate the rural life of Nidderdale in the recent and more distant past. The Museum shows how ordinary people lived, in imaginative and realistic settings. There are sections devoted to Agriculture, Industries, Religion, Transport and Costume. The corridors are lined with photographs of local interest.
The 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.
An amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations which makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale. Let your imagination run wild as you explore the labyrinth of paths through this unique landscape. Only a few miles from Pateley Bridge, Brimham Rocks is served by the 825 bus service from the town on Sundays from Easter till October.
How Stean Gorge
Prepare for adventure at the How Stean Gorge Outdoor Centre in Nidderdale, Yorkshire! How Stean Gorge is a spectacular limestone gorge in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. This steep sided chasm is almost 1 km in length and up to 20 metres (80ft) deep in places. Follow winding walkways, explore caves and tunnels or challenge yourself on the new Via Ferrata course – an aerial network of beams, ladders and cables – one of only two in England!
The Nidderdale Show
The Annual Nidderdale Show, held in the picturesque surrounds of Bewerley Park, Pateley Bridge, is one of the county’s foremost agricultural shows. It regularly attracts crowds of 20,000 and traditionally marks the end of the agricultural show season.
Other attractions to visit include…
Scar and Angram Reservoirs – perfect for a beautiful wild walk, with an amazing history to discover.
Gouthwaite Reservoir – a bird watchers paradise!
Meadowdale ice cream – Delicious! Available to buy at Bell Farm, Lofthouse.
Studfold Adventure Trail and Static, Seasonal, Touring, Camping and Glamping Park at the head of Nidderdale, where the Nidderdale Fairies can be discovered in their magical, miniature dwellings. Stay to extend the adventure.
Middlesmoor Church -Discover ‘The best view in the Yorkshire Dales!’
Sarah Garforth Art Gallery – Not to be missed at Ramsgill
3 cafes are How Stean Gorge at Stean, Nidderdale Way Cafe near Lofthouse, and The Bunkhouse at Scar house reservoir.
4 public houses/hotels and restaurants are.. Crown at Middlesmoor, Crown Hotel at Lofthouse, Sportsman’s Arms at Wath, The Bridge Inn near Pateley Bridge.
Heathfield Caravan Park… with options for touring, seasonal and static pitches.