Glasshouses, Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 16 Oct 2016 Rating:
North Yorkshire, Nidderdale
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty:
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A 6 mile circular walk from Glasshouses in North Yorkshire. This fairly long walk can be done in two stages with a refreshment stop in Pateley Bridge along the way. Part one from Glasshouses to Pateley Bridge takes you on a riverside journey into the market town, before heading up into the fields and green lanes of Nidderdale. The circular part returns to Pateley Bridge before retracing the outward route back to Glasshouses. This walk is especially for you if your dog likes a little swim along the way. It also offers loads of fresh air, good exercise and great views of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The route follows medium terrain with some uphill walking on enclosed green lanes, fields, tarmac paths and quiet roads. There are no stiles and just some gates plus one high stonewall gap with stone steps up to negotiate. There is some walking on quiet roads and tracks. As this is the Dales you need to keep an eye out for sheep and cattle, as well as game-birds in season. There are plenty of opportunities for a canine paddle or swim and the enclosed green lanes and quiet fields allow plenty of off lead time for well-behaved dogs. If you prefer, you can shorten the walk to 4 miles by starting and finishing in Pateley Bridge. Allow 3 hours for the full walk, or 2 hours if you are starting in Pateley Bridge.

The walk starts in Glasshouses. Take the B6165, signposted from the A61 Harrogate to Ripon road at Ripley. At the crossroads, follow the signs down the hill through Glasshouses village. There is roadside parking in Glasshouses, by the river. The walk itself starts from the public footpath sign for Pateley Bridge (1.25 miles) in Glasshouses. Approximate post code HG3 5QH.

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Walk Sections

Start to River Bridge

Start point: 54.0752 lat, -1.7394 long
End point: 54.0854 lat, -1.7612 long

Start by the river in Glasshouses at a public footpath sign for Pateley Bridge (1.25 miles), and head north initially passing a fishing lake to the left. The path is wide and popular with dog-walkers – there is a waste bin by the sign. Most dogs will be fine off the lead here.

Follow the path all the way into Pateley Bridge, passing a weir to the left as it bears right before passing through a gate gap (the gate was missing when we walked by) and heading along a path by the riverside. The way is marked by the Six Dales Trail and passes a side-track leading to Harefield Hall.

On the approach to Pateley Bridge, the path with its wide green verge passes a residential area near to the Nidd Walk car park. Car parking rates are cheap making this a good place to start if walking from Pateley Bridge.

After passing Wildings Tea Rooms and Terrace, with its undercover outside eating area, the path continues to the bridge over the River Nidd in Pateley Bridge. There is another dog-waste bin near here.

River Bridge to Single Track Road

Start point: 54.0854 lat, -1.7612 long
End point: 54.085 lat, -1.7769 long

Cross the road then head over the bridge using the segregated footpath. Ignore the signpost for Com Close and continue along the pavement, passing a sign for the Industrial Heritage Trail on the right and a children’s play area. Keeping the Royal Oak pub ahead, cross the end of Low Road and look for a public footpath sign pointing to the right in front of the Park View Stores. The path is part of the Industrial Heritage Trail and heads uphill to a quiet road. Turn right then left between the houses towards a public footpath sign for Ladies Riggs (0.75 mile) – waymarked as the Industrial Heritage Trail.

The road quickly becomes a track and heads uphill by a wire and post fence. Pass through a wooden gate and as the track bears right, keep left taking a narrow path which passes a barn conversion to the right. Keep following the now enclosed path uphill with hedgerows either side and pass a yellow waymarker pointing right towards a flight of stone steps to a waymarked gate. Pass through it and continue ahead with a stone wall to the left. The path bears left as it then follows a wire and post fence and a hedgerow towards a large metal gate. To the left of the gate is a gap in the wall, reached by climbing some stone steps – up which smaller dogs may need a helping hand! Pass through the gap and bear right along a single track tarmac road signposted as the Nidderdale Way and the Industrial Heritage Trail.

Single Track Road to Caravan Park

Start point: 54.085 lat, -1.7769 long
End point: 54.093 lat, -1.7829 long

On this section, there are some splendid views of the Dales. Head a short distance along the road to a waymarked wide wooden gate in the stone wall on the right. Pass through the wooden gate then a metal one into a field. Head downhill, keeping in line with a wire and post fence to the right towards another gate, at the end of a wall. Pass through the gate into another field and follow the path round to the left – alongside a stone wall.

Pass through a waymarked gate in another wall, and keep ahead along the grassy path with a wall to the right and another ahead. Heading down towards the farm in front, move towards the wall on the right then continue through another gate and another field to a waymarked gate leading to an enclosed green lane – with a stone wall on either side.

Continue down the lane as it heads downhill and at the bottom, turn right past a white-ended house to cross a narrow footbridge over a pretty stream – where there are opportunities for paddling! Turn right and head towards another enclosed green lane – again lined on both sides by stone walls.

After a short uphill section, bear right downhill towards a caravan park using a footbridge to cross Foster Beck. Ignore the entrance to the Low Wood caravan park and pass through the metal gate straight in front. Turn right onto a quiet tarmac road and continue through Heathfield Caravan Park, keeping Foster Beck to the right. There are two dog-waste bins in this area.

Caravan Park to End

Start point: 54.093 lat, -1.7829 long
End point: 54.0755 lat, -1.7392 long

The road comes to a Stop sign at the junction with Grange Lane. Turn right and head along the lane for a short distance to a T-junction. Cross the road and continue ahead, following a public footpath sign to Pateley Bridge (1 mile). Now back on a green path, pass through a kissing gate at the side of a metal gate, and continue ahead, again with Foster Beck to the right. The path leads to a narrow footbridge to the right. Cross it and follow the path between the beck to the left and house to the right.

Pass through a kissing gate into the next field and follow the clear path bearing right towards the tree line ahead. The River Nidd re-joins the walk from the left and the path now heads back to Pateley Bridge. After passing another caravan site to the right, there is a large green area where dogs with plenty of energy left can romp around. The river may also be of interest at this point!

Near the children’s play area, turn left to cross the river bridge and return to the car park in Pateley Bridge, or join the riverside path which leads you back to Glasshouses.

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8 responses to "Glasshouses, Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale"

Lovely walk and beautiful setting. Off lead for dog most of the walk.

By SChappy25 on 05 Feb 2017

Beautiful landscapes. Dogs loved the splashes along the way.

By Aircooled on 09 Apr 2017

Lovely walk.

By Olsen663885 on 24 May 2017

Delightfull, and great guidance notes too!

By jerrywood on 18 Jun 2017

Great walk to blow the cobwebs away. Good guidance notes. A stop in Pateley Bridge for a scone is recommended.

By grimsthorpe on 28 Nov 2017

Beautiful walk, stunning views, easy to follow. Recommended.

By serenascarbo on 07 May 2018

nice walk. riverside café ok, nice bacon buttie. directions spot on. one to go back to.

By Jcousins23 on 14 Aug 2018

Lovely walk and the dog was off lead for a good proportion of the time. Easy instructions to follow.

By EmmaDodgson on 20 Aug 2018

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