Walking & Cycling Routes
With miles of footpaths and bridleways to choose from, plus a network of quiet roads, there are many different options to get out and about on foot or by bike.
The team at Nidderdale AONB have put together a collection of routes to get you started.
A series of nine walks offering the chance to enjoy the contrasting landscapes and fascinating heritage that make Upper Nidderdale such a special place.
This short walk includes the delightful village of Bewerley and takes you through Fishpond Wood.
Nearest village: Bewerley. Length: 1.25 miles (2km). Time (approx): 1 hour. Difficulty: easy.
Take a tour around Pateley Bridge and see some of the fabulous historic houses and gardens.
Nearest town: Pateley Bridge. Length: 3.75 miles (6km) or 4.75 miles (7.5km). Time (approx): 2-3 hours. Difficulty: moderate
Mountain Bike Routes
A good introductory route to dales mountain biking, this follows a track alongside Gouthwaite reservoir, back down the other side on tarmac before a more technical section through old mine workings.
Start: Pateley Bridge. Length: 12 miles (21km). Difficulty: moderate.
A long cross-country route with some prolonged climbs and epic views. Quiet roads and remote stone tracks.
Start: Pateley Bridge Showground car park. Length: 25 miles (42km). Difficulty: severe.
An all weather classic starting at the head of Nidderdale. This route takes you on stony tracks high above the valley before descending to Bouthwaite and returning through farmland back up the valley.
Start: Scar House Reservoir, near Lofthouse. Length: 15 miles (24km). Difficulty: difficult.
You can find out more information about cycling and walking on the Nidderdale AONB Outdoor and Active webpages.