Pately Bridge to Ashfold Side Beck Round
Pateley Bridge is an attractive market town in Nidderdale in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. This market town with its spring and summer floral displays has won the Britain in Bloom competition twice and the River Nidd flowing through it enhances its beauty. There are many signs of 18th and early 19th century buildings and shops along the steep narrow main High Street including the oldest sweet shop in England and the best butchers shop in Yorkshire. Pateley Bridge originally relied on lead mining, stone quarrying and flax which can be seen in the Nidderdale Museum. Also well worth seeing in the craft workshops is the glassblower, a potter and a jeweller and there is the Pateley Playhouse ‘Little Theatre of the Dales’. Nidderdale Festival and one of the best Agricultural Shows are held annually on the showground and car boot sales are held on Sundays. Pateley Bridge takes its name from ‘Pate’ an old Yorkshire dialect word for ‘Badger’ and until 1964 was the terminus of the railway line running up Nidderdale from Nidd Valley Junction near Harrogate. This peaceful walk we have done takes you through the old lead mines and has a beauty all of its very own, so do not forget your camera.
We park in the showground just near the bridge over the River Nidd. We turn left onto the road and take the second on the right by the Royal Oak pub after a short way we take the public footpath on the left. We follow this passing a track to the left and go through a couple of fields keeping the hedge and fence on our left until we come to a field corner with a stile. We go over the stile and turn right onto the Nidderdale Way. We follow the Nidderdale Way all the way to the old lead mines. Here we take some time having a good look round at what is left. This is also a great place to take a break and have a sandwich and a cup of tea. We then cross over the bridge over Ashfold Side Beck and follow the path with the beck on our right and still on the Nidderdale Way we carry on passing through the caravan site. The Nidderdale Way then turns left to Heathfield but we carry on straight ahead still with the beck on our right passing through another caravan site until we come to the road. At the road we turn left to the T-junction. Here we do a detour to the Bridge Inn pub with a big waterwheel here you can get a good meal and a pint. We then retrace our steps to the T-junction and take the path opposite and follow this by the little beck and then by the River Nidd passing a weir on our left and another caravan park on our right (so there are plenty of places to stay as well as B&B’s) back into the park opposite the showground car park.
A mainly easy walk with a few moderate inclines and declines.
Approx 6.25 miles using map OS 298
Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire.
From York head towards Ripon and then take the B6265 into Pateley Bridge OR head towards Knaresborough and then take the B6165 into Pateley Bridge. There are three car parks in Pateley Bridge.
There are three car parks.
Toilets and Refreshments
There are public toilets located in the park area and also in one of the car parks in Pateley Bridge.
For refreshments there are shops, pubs, cafes, butcher’s and two fish and chip shops.