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The Nidderdale Way

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At 53 miles, this long distance circular footpath was devised in the 1980s and has quickly become a favourite amongst continuous trail walkers.

At 53 miles, this long distance circular footpath was devised in the 1980s and has quickly become a favourite amongst continuous trail walkers. It is traditionally walked from Pateley Bridge, the home of England’s oldest sweet shop, in four stages. However our holiday is for six nights, with five walking days to allow more time to take in many of the interesting features along the route. Although the Nidderdale Way is a low level route, it does ascend above the valley floor at times.

This walk is a beautiful journey through subtly contrasting landscapes. The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was created in 1994 to conserve the rich heritage and character of the dale and its surrounding countryside.

Some of Yorkshire’s famous sights you’ll see along the way include Ripley Castle, with its deer park and gardens laid out by Capability Brown, including a beautiful 19th century estate village rebuilt to resemble a French village castle. There’s also How Stean Gorge, a spectacular limestone ravine as well as the Guisecliff buttresses and the fascinating natural gritstone sculptures at Brimham Rocks.

There are charming old villages too which we pass along the way as well as the River Nidd and Gouthwaite Reservoir, with its array of birdlife.

Our route starts and finishes at Brimham Rocks and transport will take us to the start of the trail each day and return us back to Harrogate at the end of the walks.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk the 53 mile long distance circular path, starting and ending at Brimham Rocks.
  • Accommodation in the centre of Harrogate. 
  • Visits to the villages of Pateley Bridge, Middlesmoor, Ripley and Ramsgill.
  • Experience a quiet and undisturbed journey.
  • Contrasting landscapes each day.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en suite accommodation
      All transport necessary to and from the walks.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    Independent arrival at The Crown Hotel Harrogate. Check in is from 3pm. Your leader will be at the hotel to meet you and there will be a briefing before dinner at approximately 6:30pm in the hotel bar. Dinner each evening will be in the hotel restaurant. 

  2. Day 2

    Brimham Rocks to Low Sikes - The tour starts at Brimham Rocks - the amazing collection of natural rock formations. There will be time to explore these dramatic moorland rock formations before the start of the walk. We will walk downhill to Pateley Bridge then we will follow the River Nidd leading up the valley. The route passes Gouthwaite Reservoir before finishing at Low Sikes. About 11 miles, 475m of ascent & 560m of descent. 

  3. Day 3

    Low Sikes to Studfold Farm - We walk passed Scar House Reservoir, the largest dam in Britain when it was finished in 1936. It takes in one of the most photographed churches in Britain in Middlesmoor to Nidderdale's natural wonder, How Stean Gorge, before we finish up in Studfold. About 10.5 miles, 570m ascent/descent.  

  4. Day 4

    Studfold Farm to Nought Moor - This is probably the most challenging section of the holiday. There is a steep section coming out of Wath across fields on the diverted Nidderdale Way. The route takes us along the side of the valley to Ramsgill, climb up to see the old lead mine and descend to Bewerley before climbing to Nought Moor. About 12 miles, 661m of ascent & 537m of descent. 

  5. Day 5

    Nought Moor to Hampsthwaite - We start up on the moor, passed Yorke's Folly, which can be rough underfoot, then downhill to the river. This walk includes the gritstone crag which rivals Brimham Rocks for views. We continue along the river then uphill through the woods, back along the river and around Birstwith and into Hampsthwaite finishing by the church. About 10.5 miles, 252m of ascent & 455m of descent.  

  6. Day 6

    Hampsthwaite to Brimham Rocks - We cross over fields, tracks and bridleways for a moderate walk featuring the ancestral seat of the Ingilby family for 28 generations at Ripley Castle, continue along Clayton Gill, walk through farmland and finish at the rock formation at Brimham Rocks. About 11 miles, 454m of ascent & 252m of descent.

  7. Day 7

    Independent departure after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon. 

Travel Details

Please  note,  if  you  choose  to  drive  to  the  Crown  Hotel,  car  parking  is  very  limited  and  is  on  a  first  come  first served basis. If you are able to park at the hotel, the hotel charges a surcharge of £12 per day. Reception staff can assist with nearby street parking if required, however street parking is likely to be charged on the meter. There are various other chargeable car parks in the town which you may wish to use. 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

The Crown Hotel Harrogate

We stay at the three star Crown Hotel situated in the heart of the charming old town of Harrogate. Just a few minutes walk from the Turkish Baths, Royal Pump Rooms, Betty's Tea Rooms and Valley Gardens. The hotel has created a contemporary environment which complements its historic architecture. The hotel has 114 individually styled bedrooms, each with its own unique charm. A range of modern amenities are available as well as 24 hour room service, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities.

Breakfasts and dinners are taken at the hotel. With a menu sourced from local suppliers, breakfast is served in the historic Churchill Suites featuring oak-panelled walls, stained glass windows and ornate ceiling decorations. The hotel's stylish restaurant, known as The Place, is where our evening meals are taken.