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Whilst staying in a holiday cottage, a visit to Pateley Bridge is essential. Pateley Bridge is the principal town in Lower Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Much visited by tourists, the town is a picturesque example of rural life, set amid spectacular scenery. The town grew up around the mining and textile industries but today provides an excellent starting point for discovering the delights of the Nidderdale and wider Dales area. Many specialist shops entice visitors, you’ll find delicatessens, antique dealers, galleries, workshops and craft shops, where hand-produced pieces can be browsed, bought and commissioned, as well as the quaint, olde worlde sweet shop.
Follow the town’s Heritage Trail to get your bearings and appreciate the history of the town, and take in the Nidderdale Museum for a fuller insight into life in this area. Visit Darley Mill on the banks of the river Nidd, more of a shopping experience nowadays, but with the original mill waterwheel and machinery now restored and open for viewings. A children’s play area, restaurant and riverside walks make this a pleasant place to spend an afternoon.
Brimham Rocks, close to Pateley Bridge and owned by the National Trust, is a popular site for visitors to the area. Dating back more than three million years, huge limestone rock formations stand some 300 metres tall and fire the imagination. Search out the sphinx, the anvil and the dancing bear, take in the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and enjoy a walk, climb, picnic or a visit to Brimham House, where further information about the history of the Rocks is available.
Another popular place to visit is Yorkshire Country Wines at Glasshouses, a small village reached by a lovely riverside walk of around one mile from Pateley Bridge. A variety of traditional fruit wines are brewed in the vaulted cellars of a former flax Mill. Sample elderberry, damson, blackberry wines and more in the tasting room, take a tour to see the wine making process first hand or enjoy refreshment of a non-alcoholic variety, as well as mouth-watering home baking, in the beautiful tearoom located alongside the river in the mill’s former Steam Room.
As with much of the Dales region, the underground scenery is almost as breathtaking as that which lies above ground, and a visit to Stump Cross Caverns, on the road between Pateley Bridge and Grassington, is a must. One of the area’s premier show caves, Stump Cross makes an excellent family day out. Learn about the geology of the area in the auditorium, then marvel at the beauty of the real thing on a tour of caves.
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