Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Extending across an area of 232 square miles (603 sq km), almost entirely within the Harrogate
district of North Yorkshire, is the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty.
The area has Pateley Bridge
at its centre and extends almost as far as Masham
in the north and to the outskirts of the West Yorkshire towns of Ilkley
in the south.
Just beyond the magnificent remains of Fountains Abbey, the small city of Ripon
is just outside the eastern boundary and to the west is the vast Yorkshire Dales
Nidderdale has a beautiful and varied landscape including rolling heather-topped moorland, stone-walled agricultural fields and farms, small villages, lake-like reservoirs and some outstanding geological features, the best known of which are Brimham Rocks.
The area has a number of protected wildlife sites and provides important habitats for several varieties of birds, reptiles and animals, including otters and water vole.
Toft Gate Lime Kiln
The area has been shaped both by nature and by human activity. The latter ranges from Iron Age settlements, old mines, quarry sites, a scattering of textile mills, traditional field barns, some historic parks and gardens and the area's huge reservoirs.
Town and villages
Places within Nidderdale AONB include:
Askwith, Azerley, Blubberhouses, Bouthwaite, Clifton, Dacre, Darley, Denton, Ellingstring, Farnley, Fearby, Fewston, Galphay, Glasshouses, Grewelthorpe, Healey, High Ellington, High Grantley, Jervaulx, Kettlesing, Kirkby Malzeard, Langbar, Lofthouse, Low Laithe, Middlesmoor, Pateley Bridge, Ramsgill, Sawley, Stean, Summerbridge, Thornthwaite with Padside, Timble, Wilsill, Winksley.
Just outside are:
Birstwith, Burley in Wharfedale, Hampsthwaite, Ilkley, Masham, North Stainley, Otley, West Tanfield.
Nidderdale AOB Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website
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