Pateley Bridge


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 and Otley in the south.

Middlesmoor Lofthouse Fountains Abbey 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 National Park.
Brimham Rocks
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.

Gouthwaite Reservoir 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

Kirkby Malzeard Ramsgill 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.

Other websites

Nidderdale AOB    Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website

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