21 July 2020

Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire

Pateley Bridge is a small town in Nidderdale in North Yorkshire. Nidderdale is classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty and the views didn’t disappoint.

Pateley Bridge is the first town that I’ve visited since lockdown and I was surprised to see how busy it was. Most people, including myself, were wearing masks and we didn’t have to spend long in the town centre before we were out into the countryside and away from people.

We followed a walk we found online, a circular route of roughly 5 miles, starting at the church on the high street and making our way up a lane called Panorama Walk. It once formed part of the medieval road for horses and travellers from Ripon and Fountains Abbey to Pateley Bridge. About half-way along the track there is a viewing platform called ‘The Rock’ which was surfaced in 1887 in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and provided great views of the Nidderdale countryside.

Further along the route, we stopped at what appeared to be a quarry for a picnic, although there were no signs indicating what used to be here.

After crossing fields and stiles, Gouthwaite Reservoir came into view in the distance.

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