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.


Walking Routes

Bewerley Trees

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.

Victorian Gardens of Pateley Bridge

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

Gouthwaite Circular

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.

Great Greenhow

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.

Tour of Nidderdale

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.

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