Nidderdale Way Walking Guide

The Nidderdale Way is a 53 mile (85 km) walk through the wonderful landscape of Nidderdale. It is traditionally walked in four stages, none of which is longer than 15 miles, so there is plenty of time to take in the many interesting features along the way, including Ripley Castle, Brimham Rocks and How Stean Gorge.

The free-to-download Nidderdale Way Walking Guide will help you to find out about the route, plan your visit and learn about the history of Nidderdale.

Walking guide and accommodation directory

Front cover of the Nidderdale Way Walking GuideThe full guide is ideal for planning your visit and deciding where to stay. It contains:

  • an introduction to Nidderdale
  • ‘how to’ information
  • walking maps, route highlights and directions for the four stages
  • an accommodation directory

Download the full guide

The four walk stages are also available to download individually. These have been designed so you can print each one out on a single sheet of A4 paper to take with you on that day’s walk.

Download Stage 1 – Pateley Bridge to Middlesmoor

Download Stage 2 – Middlesmoor to Bewerley

Download Stage 3 – Bewerley to Ripley

Download Stage 4 – Ripley to Pateley Bridge

Self-catering accommodation

The full guide download above includes a directory of hotels, B&Bs, campsites and bunk barns along the route, which offer short-stay accommodation and so are most suited to walking the Nidderdale Way in back-to-back stages. However you may choose to walk some or all of the Nidderdale Way as part of a longer visit to the area, so we also have a listing of self-catering properties near to the Nidderdale Way.

Holiday providers

Another option for the walk is to use one of the self-guided walking holiday companies who can organise many aspects of the walk (accommodation, baggage transfer, etc.) for you.

Clare Balding on BBC Radio 4

Clare Balding walked the Nidderdale Way as part of her BBC Radio 4 series ‘Ramblings’, which was first broadcast in summer 2017. You can listen to the six full episodes via BBC iPlayer Radio – a fantastic way to hear all about this spectacular route.

New guidebook published

In 2019, a new guidebook to the Nidderdale Way was published with some slightly revised routes. You can find out more here.