Nidderdale Way

Nidderdale Way

A single-centre, circular walk around Nidderdale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

5 nights
55 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £530 per person

Find out about the tour

About this route

Walk the Nidderdale Way and delve into beautiful and underrated Nidderdale, a dale just outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Quiet and undisturbed, this enchanting valley contains the wind-weathered gritstone sculptures of Brimham Rocks alongside How Stean Gorge, a spectacular limestone ravine. Ripley Castle lies here, too, with its fabulous deer park and gardens laid out by Capability Brown.

Lush woodland and rustling meadows line the walk between Ramsgill, a cluster of stone cottages, and Ripley, a 19th century estate built to resemble a French village. The Nidderdale Way is a low-level route on the whole, although it does climb the flanks of the valley to follow gritstone edges and moorland fringes for rewarding views over the dale.

Our Nidderdale Way walking holiday is a single-centre tour. Throughout the walk, you will stay in the same accommodation in Bewerley or Pateley Bridge. Pre-paid taxi transfers will take you to and from the trail each day, allowing you to pick up where you left off while saving you the bother of repacking your luggage every day.

© Contours Walking Holidays Nidderdale Way map
Circular trail beginning at Pateley Bridge
55 miles (87 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Admiring the varied scenery through the Yorkshire Dales, from high level moorland, lush woodlands and flowing meadows.

Visiting the sleepy Dales villages of Ramsgill and Ripley.

Discovering the best of The Dales’ attractions, including Brimham Rocks and How Stean Gorge.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
NIDDW A circular trail beginning at Pateley Bridge 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding£530

Nidderdale Way 5 nights, 4 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Pateley Bridge where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Pateley Bridge to Middlesmoor. 14.5 miles (23.5km)
Due to a lack of accommodation in Middlesmoor you will be accommodated in Pateley Bridge. Transport is provided to take you from Middlesmoor to your accommodation and return you to the path the following morning.

Day 2

Middlesmoor to Bewerley. 12 miles (19km)

Day 3

Bewerley to Ripley. 13.5 miles (21.5km)
Due to a lack of accommodation in Ripley you will be accommodated in Pateley Bridge. Transport is provided to take you from Ripley to your accommodation and return you to the path the following morning.

Day 4

Ripley to Pateley Bridge. 14.5 miles (23km)


Depart from Pateley Bridge after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

If you would like to take an extra day to explore, write postcards or rest your weary legs, an extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday. Pateley Bridge is a lively little town with a handful of shops and a terrific little museum of dale life with a re-created village shop, office and house interior to look around.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 54.5 miles (87 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23.5 km)
Code: NIDDW Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Pateley Bridge
End of holiday: Pateley Bridge

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Leeds Bradford, Durnham-Tees Valley and Manchester.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to Pateley Bridge is at Harrogate (about 14 miles away).

By Bus - There is a bus from/to Harrogate to/from Pateley Bridge.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Harrogate. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Pateley Bridge.

Return To The Start - The Nidderdale Way is a circular tour beginning and ending in Pateley Bridge.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Customer reviews from the Nidderdale Way

“We thoroughly enjoyed the route which was varied.”
Mr Balme, UK
“The walk we did was quite strenuous but very enjoyable and we were blessed with good weather as well as superb scenery!”
Mr Turner, UK
“A relatively easy walk through some splendid countryside – my second visit to the Dales and I already want to go back again!”
Mr Julyan, UK
“Pretty much exactly as expected.”
Mr Bennett, UK
“The Nidderdale way is a wonderful scenic walk in the Yorkshire Dales. Added to that it was very quiet and we encountered very few walkers or bikers on the route. It is easy to find and very well way marked. Contours communication and info including guide book and OS map perfect. It was all beautiful.”
Ms Jackaman, UK
“The places we stayed were all excellent and the taking on of our luggage worked well. We wish there were more circular walks like the Nidderdale Way.”
Mr Box, UK
“Good holiday, went as planned, great weather too.”
Mr Sibley, UK
“Splendid accommodation, especially Margaret at Pateley Bridge.”
Mr Taylor, UK
“My accommodation, taxi transfers, weather and walk were outstanding. It was a fabulous break. Although I was moved to a different accommodation days before the holiday, it worked out very well. I’ve been a customer since 2004.”
Mr Frankham, UK