The Beautiful River Nidd

  • Attractive riverside walking
  • Track through some pretty woodland
  • 3 small villages to explore

Downstream from Pateley Bridge walking along the River Nidd is a real pleasure – the paths are good and sticks to the river like glue. However after 2 and a half miles I was after some variety and headed through Smelterhouses towards the lovely woodland of Fell Beck. This is one of the most attractive areas of deciduous woodland in the Dales, I  have also included it on the walk to Brimham Rocks which is barely 1 mile away .

At Smelterhouses the walk joins the Nidderdale Way, which is an excellent long distance footpath. Follow it all the way back to Pateley Bridge. The way follows a high line when it leaves the woods, along quiet lanes and with some excellent views over Nidderdale and the surrounding countryside.  The villages of Glasshouses, Blazefield and little Smelterhouses add even more variety to what is a highly enjoyable exploration of lower Nidderdale, a very underrated area.

Recommend: Spend some time exploring the villages on the walk, particularly Yorkshire Country Wines in Glasshouses Mill.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. 298 Nidderdale Buy Now
Start Point: SE 160657. Good value parking in Pateley Bridge. Head for the obvious path near the bridge.
Height to Climb: 186ms (610 feet)
Terrain: The riverside path is fine but the path through the woods may be wet and very muddy
Eating & Drinking: Good choice of Pubs and tea shops in Pateley Bridge. Actually a cut above...
Similar Walks Nearby: A scramble over Brimham Rocks
Discovering the Upper River Nidd
Countryside of Pateley Bridge
Places to Stay:


Sweetheart Tea Rooms