GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Nidderdale Walks

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Bewerley Industrial Heritage Trail9 miles (14 km)Explore the Pateley Bridge area of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire on this historical circular walk. The trail explores nearly a thousand years of lead mining history while also offering splendid views of the beautiful Nidderdale area. View Full Details>>
Brimham Rocks3 miles (4.5 km)Brimham Rocks is a National Trust owned site with a collection of fascinating rock formations. You can explore the labyrinth of paths while enjoying fabulous views over Nidderdale. View Full Details>>
Circular Walk around Kettlewell7 miles (11.5 km)This challenging circular walk climbs to Great Whernside, Blackfell Top and Blackfell Dike from the popular village of Kettlewell, in the Nidderdale area of the Yorkshire Dales. View Full Details>>
Druids Temple9 miles (15 km)Visit this fascinatingreplica ofStonehenge, on this lovely walk from Masham. View Full Details>>
Fewston Reservoir3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy an easy circular walk around the lovely Fewston Reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales. The path around the reservoir is well surfaced and largely flat so this is a good walk for abilities. The reservoir is surrounded by woodland and beautiful widlflowers including common vetch, betony, milkwork golden rod and common cow-wheat. Also look out for birds on the water including Moorhens, Geese and Ducks. View Full Details>>
Gouthwaite Reservoir5 miles (8 km)This walk takes you around this delightful reservoir, near Pateley Bridge and Ramsgill. The route makes use of the Nidderdale Way footpath which runs around the reservoir. It's a super place for birdwatching with three viewing areas on the edge of the reservoir. Look out forgreat spotted woodpeckerandnuthatch in the trees around the water.On the reservoir you can spot goosanders, goldeney,mallard,tufted duckandpochard. Other visitors include buzzard,red kite,hen harriers,merlinsandkestrels. View Full Details>>
Grassington to Kettlewell6 miles (9.5 km)A linear walk on the Dales Way between these two popular Yorkshire towns. The route includes some wonderful limestone scenery and fabulous, far reaching views from the high points. It's about a 6 mile hike, with some moderate climbs along the way. View Full Details>>
Great Whernside4 miles (6.5 km)Climb to this prominent fell on this walk in North Yorkshire. Great Whernside forms the watershed between Wharfedale andNidderdale, and is on the boundary between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can ascend to the 704m (2,310ft) summit from the village of Kettlewell. It's about a 2.5 mile climb and considered by many to be one of the best in the Yorkshire Dales. From the summit there are wonderful views of Pen y ghent, Ingleborough, Whernside, Pendle Hill and the Lake Distirct Mountains. View Full Details>>
How Stean Gorge3 miles (5 km)Visit this spectacular limestone gorge and enjoy a walk through the beautiful Nidderdale countryside. You can park in the village of Middlesmoor and then follow footpaths to the gorge about half a mile south. It's great for walkers with lots of public footpaths along the rushing river and through the surrounding woodland. The area also has an activity centre where you can try caving, rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing. View Full Details>>
Knaresborough River Walk2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a lovely riverside walk along the River Nidd, from Knaresborough Castle to the nearby Conyngham Hall. The walk runs for just under two miles, starting from the ruins of the 12th century Knaresborough Castle. For a fee you can explore the castle and its grounds which include pretty gardens, attractive lawns, abowling greenanda putting green. View Full Details>>
Knaresborough Round20 miles (32 km)This 20 mile circular walk takes you on a tour of the countryside, lakes, rivers, woodland and villages surrounding the historic Yorkshire town of Knaresborough. It's a great way to explore this beautiful part of North Yorkshire. View Full Details>>
Leighton Reservoir6 miles (10 km)This circular walk visits Leighton and Roundhill Reservoirs before climbing into the surrounding moors for great views back down to the water. View Full Details>>
Lindley Wood Reservoir2 miles (3 km)Enjoy an easy walk along this pretty reservoir and wood in the Washburn valley. You can start the walk from the nearby village of Leathley and follow a footpath along the River Washburn to the reservoir. The path takes you along the eastern side of the water with some peaceful woodland trails to enjoy in the adjacent Lindley Wood. Here you will find pretty bluebells in the spring and the rushing waters of Greystone Beck. It's a lovely area with the reservoir surrounded by attractive woodland and the option of continuing your walk along the Washburn to Norwood Bottom. View Full Details>>
Masham4 miles (7 km)A circular walk exploring the countryside and rivers around the small town of Masham in North Yorkshire. The walk includes lovely riverside stretches along the River Burn and the River Ure. You'll also pass close to the Swinton Estate with its deer park and expansive parkland. View Full Details>>
Nidderdale Way53 miles (85 km)Explore beautiful Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales on this circular walk. The walk includes splendid riverside sections along the River Nidd and waterside sections alongside Scar House Reservoir and Gouthwaite Reservoir. The delightful town of Pateley Bridge is a good access point and just a short walk along the River Nidd leads you to the main attraction on the route - Gouthwaite Reservoir. View Full Details>>
Pateley Bridge Circular Walk11 miles (18 km)This circular walk around the Yorkshire town of Pateley Bridge makes use of the Nidderdale Way to take you on a tour the countryside, reservoirs, rivers and woodland surrounding the town. It's just over 12 miles in length so it's one you can complete in a day. The town is an excellent base for walks in the Nidderdale area. It is also home to the oldest sweet shop in England and the fascinating Nidderdale Museum. View Full Details>>
Ripley Castle1 miles (2.2 km)Explore the grounds of this Grade I listed14th-century country house in Ripley, North Yorkshire. There's nice trails to follow around the large ornamentallake and through the deer park. Here you can look out for a variety of wildlife including fallow deer, rabbits, squirrels, heron, canada and greylag geese, mallard, teal and wigeon, pheasants and woodpeckers. View Full Details>>
Scar House Reservoir4 miles (6 km)This circular walk takes you around Scar House Reservoir to Angram Reservoir in Nidderdale. The reservoir has a well surfaced footpath running around the perimeter and a car park at the eastern end. The surrounding countryside is beautiful with views of the Yorkshire Hills and the River Nidd. View Full Details>>
Studley Park and Fountains Abbey4 miles (7 km)This marvellous attraction boasts 800 acres of beautiful parkland set in the Yorkshire countryside. Explore the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal, before heading to the fascinating 12th-century Fountains Abbey. Look out for beautiful statues, follies and the many resident deer in the deer park. The ancient corn mill, the 17th century Fountains Hall and the Victorian Gothic church are also well worth a look. View Full Details>>
Swinsty Reservoir3 miles (5 km)This is a nice, easy circular walk around Swinsty Reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales. The path is well surfaced and largely flat making the walk suitable for all abilities. View Full Details>>
Thruscross Reservoir5 miles (8 km)This is a delightful waterside walk around Thruscross Reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales. It's a beautiful area with the tranquil waters of the reservoir surrounded by peaceful woodland and beautiful countryside. View Full Details>>
Whernside8 miles (13 km)Climb to the highest point in North Yorkshire on this challenging walk in the Yorkshire Dales. Whernside is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, with the others being Ingleborough and Pen y ghent. View Full Details>>

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