Darley and Dacre Banks occupy a pretty section of the Lower Nidd south of Pateley Bridge. The walk starts alongside the river on a well walked track before returning inland with great views across the valley.
Before the River Nidd flows through Harrogate and, after it takes a tumble down the wilder lands above Pateley Bridge, there is a lovely stretch of riverside walking. The area you are walking through is affluent (being in the proximity of Harrogate) and the home of dog walkers, fishermen and those determined to complete the Nidderdale Way. Rail enthusiasts can also follow the old line of the railway but for me the pleasure was in the excellent views over and along the valley and the slow moving Nidd on the riverside section.
Dacre Banks and Darley are certainly pleasant enough villages and it is a walk certainly worth doing for those holidaying in the area or the locals in Harrogate.
If you like this section of walking consider carrying on up the valley along the Nidderdale Way.
On the return, just after the woods at Low Hall, turn right and not left back to the river. This offers some variety and interest through Pyefield House.
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