Nidderdale Way

A circular walking holiday around Nidderdale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

5 nights
53 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £430 per person

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About this route

Beautiful and underrated Nidderdale sits just beside the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Quiet and undisturbed, this enchanting valley contains the wind-weathered gritstone sculptures of Brinstone 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.

Standard
Interactive
Nidderdale Way map
Circular trail beginning at Pateley Bridge
53 miles (85 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£430

Nidderdale Way 5 nights, 4 days walking

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

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

Day 1

Pateley Bridge to Middlesmoor. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 2

Middlesmoor to Bewerley. 10.5 miles (17km)

Day 3

Bewerley to Ripley. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 4

Ripley to Pateley Bridge. 14 miles (22.5km)

Finish

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.

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 walk 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 walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£25.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 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.

If you fancy somewhere peaceful, consider the pretty little village of Middlesmoor, at the head of the dale.

Ripley is a good choice if you would like to visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. This remarkable World Heritage Site comprises a spectacular ruined abbey, a magnificent Elizabethan mansion and one of the finest Georgian water gardens in Europe.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 53 miles (85 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Code: NIDDW Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Pateley Bridge
End of holiday: Pateley Bridge

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent with your full holiday 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 - Various bus services run to and 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

“Interesting and varied environments with plenty of wildlife. It is such a pretty & varied route that there is much to be appreciated on each day - moorland, woodland, river, vast scenery, wildlife - all fabulous.”
Mr Anderson, 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
“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
“We thoroughly enjoyed the route which was varied.”
Mr Balme, UK
“Good holiday, went as planned, great weather too.”
Mr Sibley, UK

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