Welcome to Nidderdale....

The North Yorkshire Dales have an appeal that attracts many visitors for the visual delights, wonderful walking opportunities and get-away retreats from the stresses of everyday life.  In addition there is a wealth of potential for those having special interests, including such subjects as botany, history, geology, archaeology, flora and fauna.  Ornithologists, for example, will find numerous birds of prey as well as those that prefer the watery kingdom offered by the many rivers, lakes and reservoirs in the region. The entire area is wonderful walking country which embraces all of the afore mentioned interests.

The area in which the Nidderdale Society is especially interested, lies between the village of Birstwith and the top of Nidderdale at Great Whernside; the map of which can be accessed from a link on the left. 

The River Nidd has a somewhat secretive nature as it flows underground in the upper reaches before it enters a number of reservoirs, including Gouthwaite Reservoir, an ornithologist’s delight;  it eventually joins the River Ouse before reaching the sea.

The principal Town of Pateley Bridge forms the fulcrum for the area covered by the Nidderdale Society and is a very popular starting point for walkers and a place to stay for tourists.  The annual Nidderdale Show is held here; it is a scaled down version of the Great Yorkshire Show, another yearly event, held in the nearby and well known Town of Harrogate which also sports an annual Flower Show.

There is of course the very much wider area of ‘Nidderdale’ which is encompassed within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), one of Britain’s finest landscapes. Extending from Jervaulx Abbey in glorious Wensleydale to Otley in Lower Wharfedale, the Nidderdale AONB covers a total of 233 square miles (603 square km).

To many the Nidderdale AONB is far preferred over the adjoining Dales National Park for its stunning landscapes, heritage sites, historic picturesque villages built of stone, flooded valleys forming reservoirs , quaint small market towns and endless unspoilt and uninterrupted vistas. These vistas provide the ambiance of true solitude and peace, plus the perception that the surrounding countryside goes on forever and is devoid of modern day pollution and interference.

Please follow the left links for more information on this piece of heaven.