Nidderdale Way

Nidderdale Way

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

5 nights
55 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £595 per person

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5 nights
55 miles
Moderate / Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £595 per person

Nidderdale Way

Book a walking holiday along the Nidderdale Way and delve into beautiful and underrated Nidderdale, 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.

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© 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

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
NIDDW A circular trail beginning at Pateley Bridge 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding £595

Nidderdale Way 5 nights, 4 days walking

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

Travel to Pateley Bridge where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

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

Day 2

Middlesmoor (L) to Bewerley. 12 miles (19km)

Day 3

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

Day 4

Ripley(L) to Pateley Bridge. 14.5 miles (23km)

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.

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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night


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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
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Interactive
© 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.

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)
£65.00 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

Route Profile

Nidderdale Way Route Profile

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 rather infrequent bus service from/to Harrogate to/from Pateley Bridge, so a taxi may be a better option in between buses.

From London

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

Return to 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.
Prosperous Lead Mine - Prosperous Lead Mine
Prosperous Lead Mine Prosperous Lead Mine
Ripley Castle - Ripley Castle
Ripley Castle Ripley Castle
Looking back at Gouthwaite Reservoir - Looking back at Gouthwaite Reservoir
Looking back at Gouthwaite Reservoir Looking back at Gouthwaite Reservoir
Pony at Colville House Farm - Pony at Colville House Farm
Pony at Colville House Farm Pony at Colville House Farm
Prosperous Lead Mine - Prosperous Lead Mine
Prosperous Lead Mine Prosperous Lead Mine
Looking toward Wath Village - Looking toward Wath Village
Looking toward Wath Village Looking toward Wath Village
Prosperous Lead Mine - Prosperous Lead Mine
Prosperous Lead Mine Prosperous Lead Mine
Ripley Castle - Ripley Castle
Ripley Castle Ripley Castle
Pony at Colville House Farm - Pony at Colville House Farm
Pony at Colville House Farm Pony at Colville House Farm
Path Along Gouthwaite Reservoir - Path Along Gouthwaite Reservoir
Path Along Gouthwaite Reservoir Path Along Gouthwaite Reservoir
Path Along Gouthwaite Reservoir - Path Along Gouthwaite Reservoir
Path Along Gouthwaite Reservoir Path Along Gouthwaite Reservoir
Nought Moor - Nought Moor
Nought Moor Nought Moor
Passing Bouthwaite - Passing Bouthwaite
Passing Bouthwaite Passing Bouthwaite
Looking toward Wath Village - Looking toward Wath Village
Looking toward Wath Village Looking toward Wath Village
Nidderdale Way Signage - Nidderdale Way Signage
Nidderdale Way Signage Nidderdale Way Signage
Pateley Bridge Near - Pateley Bridge Near
Pateley Bridge Near Pateley Bridge Near
Pateley Bridge NIdderdale Start Sign - Pateley Bridge NIdderdale Start Sign
Pateley Bridge NIdderdale Start Sign Pateley Bridge NIdderdale Start Sign
North End of Gouthwaite Reservoir - North End of Gouthwaite Reservoir
North End of Gouthwaite Reservoir North End of Gouthwaite Reservoir
Walkers Leaving Pateley Bridge - Walkers Leaving Pateley Bridge
Walkers Leaving Pateley Bridge Walkers Leaving Pateley Bridge
Ripley Castle - Ripley Castle
Ripley Castle Ripley Castle
Looking toward Wath Village - Looking toward Wath Village
Looking toward Wath Village Looking toward Wath Village
Toward Pateley Bridge - Toward Pateley Bridge
Toward Pateley Bridge Toward Pateley Bridge
Toward Lofthouse - Toward Lofthouse
Toward Lofthouse Toward Lofthouse
Nidderdale Way Sign - Nidderdale Way Sign
Nidderdale Way Sign Nidderdale Way Sign
Walking toward Gouthwaite Reservoir - Walking toward Gouthwaite Reservoir
Walking toward Gouthwaite Reservoir Walking toward Gouthwaite Reservoir
Walking toward Prosperous Lead Mine - Walking toward Prosperous Lead Mine
Walking toward Prosperous Lead Mine Walking toward Prosperous Lead Mine
St.Chad's church - Middlesmoor - St.Chad's church - Middlesmoor
St.Chad's church - Middlesmoor St.Chad's church - Middlesmoor
Walking around Brimham Rocks - Walking around Brimham Rocks
Walking around Brimham Rocks Walking around Brimham Rocks
Toward Bewerley - Toward Bewerley
Toward Bewerley Toward Bewerley
View over Lofthouse - View over Lofthouse
View over Lofthouse View over Lofthouse
Walking on Nought Moor - Walking on Nought Moor
Walking on Nought Moor Walking on Nought Moor
Woodlands near Gouthwaite Reservoir - Woodlands near Gouthwaite Reservoir
Woodlands near Gouthwaite Reservoir Woodlands near Gouthwaite Reservoir
Walking toward Lofthouse - Walking toward Lofthouse
Walking toward Lofthouse Walking toward Lofthouse
Misty Morning toward Heathfield - Misty Morning toward Heathfield
Misty Morning toward Heathfield Misty Morning toward Heathfield
Signpost near Lofthouse - Signpost near Lofthouse
Signpost near Lofthouse Signpost near Lofthouse
View from Nought Moor toward Patteley Bridge - View from Nought Moor toward Patteley Bridge
View from Nought Moor toward Patteley Bridge View from Nought Moor toward Patteley Bridge
Through Woodlands toward Lofthouse - Through Woodlands toward Lofthouse
Through Woodlands toward Lofthouse Through Woodlands toward Lofthouse
River Nidd - River Nidd
River Nidd River Nidd
St Mary the Virgin - St Mary the Virgin
St Mary the Virgin St Mary the Virgin
View of Gouthwaite Reservoir - View of Gouthwaite Reservoir
View of Gouthwaite Reservoir View of Gouthwaite Reservoir
Brimham Rocks Cliff - Brimham Rocks Cliff
Brimham Rocks Cliff Brimham Rocks Cliff
Signage near Pateley Bridge - Signage near Pateley Bridge
Signage near Pateley Bridge Signage near Pateley Bridge
Along Nought Moor - Along Nought Moor
Along Nought Moor Along Nought Moor
Crossing Foster Beck - Crossing Foster Beck
Crossing Foster Beck Crossing Foster Beck
Farm Landscape - Farm Landscape
Farm Landscape Farm Landscape
Farm Landscape - Farm Landscape
Farm Landscape Farm Landscape
Farm Animal Next to Gouthwaite Reservoir 2 - Farm Animal Next to Gouthwaite Reservoir 2
Farm Animal Next to Gouthwaite Reservoir 2 Farm Animal Next to Gouthwaite Reservoir 2
Couple walking toward Prosperous Lead Mine - Couple walking toward Prosperous Lead Mine
Couple walking toward Prosperous Lead Mine Couple walking toward Prosperous Lead Mine
St.Chad's church - St.Chad's church
St.Chad's church St.Chad's church
Brimham Rocks - Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks Cliff - Brimham Rocks Cliff
Brimham Rocks Cliff Brimham Rocks Cliff
Brimham Rocks Cliff - Brimham Rocks Cliff
Brimham Rocks Cliff Brimham Rocks Cliff
Farm Animal Next to Gouthwaite Reservoir - Farm Animal Next to Gouthwaite Reservoir
Farm Animal Next to Gouthwaite Reservoir Farm Animal Next to Gouthwaite Reservoir
Brimham Rocks - Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks Brimham Rocks
Gouthwaite Reservoir Bridleway Sign - Gouthwaite Reservoir Bridleway Sign
Gouthwaite Reservoir Bridleway Sign Gouthwaite Reservoir Bridleway Sign
Entering Nidderdale National Landscape - Entering Nidderdale National Landscape
Entering Nidderdale National Landscape Entering Nidderdale National Landscape
Looking back at Gouthwaite Reservoir - Looking back at Gouthwaite Reservoir
Looking back at Gouthwaite Reservoir Looking back at Gouthwaite Reservoir
Brimham Rocks View - Brimham Rocks View
Brimham Rocks View Brimham Rocks View
Gouthwaite Reservoir Spillway - Gouthwaite Reservoir Spillway
Gouthwaite Reservoir Spillway Gouthwaite Reservoir Spillway
Goose Family - Goose Family
Goose Family Goose Family
Leaving Prosperous Lead Mine - Leaving Prosperous Lead Mine
Leaving Prosperous Lead Mine Leaving Prosperous Lead Mine
Couple Walking toward Prosperous Lead Mine - Couple Walking toward Prosperous Lead Mine
Couple Walking toward Prosperous Lead Mine Couple Walking toward Prosperous Lead Mine
Looking back at Gouthwaite Reservoir 2 - Looking back at Gouthwaite Reservoir 2
Looking back at Gouthwaite Reservoir 2 Looking back at Gouthwaite Reservoir 2
Heading toward Middlesmoor - Heading toward Middlesmoor
Heading toward Middlesmoor Heading toward Middlesmoor
Leaving Heathfield - Leaving Heathfield
Leaving Heathfield Leaving Heathfield
Heading back to Pateley Bridge - Heading back to Pateley Bridge
Heading back to Pateley Bridge Heading back to Pateley Bridge
Leaving Prosperous Lead Mine 2 - Leaving Prosperous Lead Mine 2
Leaving Prosperous Lead Mine 2 Leaving Prosperous Lead Mine 2
Farm near Harrogate - Farm near Harrogate
Farm near Harrogate Farm near Harrogate
Leaving Pateley Bridge - Leaving Pateley Bridge
Leaving Pateley Bridge Leaving Pateley Bridge
Gouthwaite Reservoir Bridleway Sign - Gouthwaite Reservoir Bridleway Sign
Gouthwaite Reservoir Bridleway Sign Gouthwaite Reservoir Bridleway Sign
Leaving Middlesmoor - Leaving Middlesmoor
Leaving Middlesmoor Leaving Middlesmoor
Gouthwaite Reservoir - Gouthwaite Reservoir
Gouthwaite Reservoir Gouthwaite Reservoir
Gouthwaite Reservoir North Area - Gouthwaite Reservoir North Area
Gouthwaite Reservoir North Area Gouthwaite Reservoir North Area
Goose Family - Goose Family
Goose Family Goose Family
Gouthwaite Reservoir Morning - Gouthwaite Reservoir Morning
Gouthwaite Reservoir Morning Gouthwaite Reservoir Morning

Customer reviews from the Nidderdale Way

“It was beyond our expectations. A thoroughly enjoyable walk. The Bewerley Hall Farm B&B was possibly the most welcoming and friendly accommodation we have ever stayed in. Our host was extremely helpful and friendly. Our taxi driver was also fantastic and helped us with the route including the best drop off and pick up times and locations. She was flexible and a real character that added to our enjoyment of the holiday. Yes we would definitely recommend this walking holiday. It’s been one of our favourites. Looking forward to the next walking holiday.”
Mr Yates, UK
“Very enjoyable 4 day walk. Whilst the countryside is not very rugged and the distances are not huge, it was still quite a strenuous walk but with plenty to see and sites of interest along the way.”
Mr Bakes, UK
“Easy booking system. Accommodation excellent. Taxi transfer service superb - she was friendly, informative and knowledgeable about the walk and the local Nidderdale area in general. Good organisation of the holiday by Contours.”
Mr Turner, UK
“Scenery, weather and accommodation all came together perfectly. Thoroughly enjoyable and possibly better staying at two locations rather than in this instance. Would recommend the holiday to others, particularly as an introductory walk to long distance paths. Have already booked another holiday in September.”
Mr Twigg, UK
“We thoroughly enjoyed the route which was varied.”
Mr Balme, UK
“Splendid accommodation, especially Margaret at Pateley Bridge.”
Mr Taylor, UK
“Pretty much exactly as expected.”
Mr Bennett, 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
“Good holiday, went as planned, great weather too.”
Mr Sibley, UK
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