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7th November Pateley Bridge

Pateley Bridge is full of tranquil charm as it nestles in the heart of Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  This quaint market town is a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside and the Yorkshire Dales.  The peace of this beautiful area has provided inspiration for writers and artists alike, and kept many a visitor returning year after year to enjoy the serenity.  


B Walk.   Leader Michael Bates 10.5 Miles Hard

This lovely circular walk includes as the highlight the fascinating, spectacular Brimham Rocks. Before opting for this walk please carefully consider the following. This is quite a tough walk involving significant climbs and given the earlier sunsets, there is a need to maintain a reasonable pace. From the start there is a long climb with two steep sections, The route then follows in part the Nidderdale Way enjoying beautiful and expansive views down into the valley below. Eventually the track reaches the Brimham Rocks area crossing the heather moorland enjoying views of the interesting rock formations. If good progress has been made lunch will be taken here. After leaving the area the hard work is done as the route takes us down into the Nidderdale Valley eventually reaching the river Nidd. Paths follow the river bank all the way back to the start. Not many stiles, but one difficult wall stile. On the whole good paths and tracks.  

C Walk.    Leader Tony Culverhouse   8 miles            Moderate        

We head west out of Pateley Bridge across fields and enjoy impressive views to the north.  We meet the Nidderdale Way and then take a gentle climb across fields before descending the Monk’s Steps to Fishpond Wood.  We enter Skrikes Wood Nature Reserve where we ascend a rocky path to re-join the Nidderdale Way and a moorland path to Yorkes Folly.  The Nidderdale Way now alternates between moorland and woodland before we leave the Way to descend to Guisecliffe Wood.  We then pass some picturesque cottages before arriving at Glasshouses Bridge and then follow the River Nidd back to Pateley Bridge.  Good panoramic views, some uphill sections, a little bit of tarmac enroute but mostly paths and tracks.

D Walk.    Leader   Jane Cordingley   6miles Moderate

The Panorama Walk - This walk, though steep at first, through the town, provides access to the best viewpoints over Guisecliff Woods, Nought Moor and Yorkes Folly amongst others.  The famous Panorama Walk, which is one of the oldest recreational footpaths in the region, was part of a medieval packhorse route linking Nidderdale with Fountains Abbey and Ripon.  From the Panorama Walk we can explore the ruins of St Mary's Church high above the town. Then following lunch stop at White Houses we descend through fields, tracks to join the River Nidd for a leisurely stroll back to Pateley Bridge alongside the dismantled railway. And only 1 stile!!

 

PICKUP TIMES AND POINTS
Blackburn Coach
 

08:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

08:05     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

08:10     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:15     Blackburn : Penny Street

08:25     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:30     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:35     Accrington : Whalley Rd, Kwik Fit

08:40     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:50     Rishton  : The Roebuck

08:50     Gt Harwood : Lyndon House

08:55     Whalley : King Street

09:00     Clitheroe : York Street
 

Burnley Coach
08:00      Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:02      Padiham : Town Hall

08:05      Padiham : Whitegates

08:10      Burnley : Tim Bobbin

08:15      Burnley : Bus Station

08:20      Burnley : Brennand Street

08:30      Brierfield : Town Hall

08:35      Nelson : Bus Station

08:40      Barrowford : Heritage Centre

08:40      Colne : Alkincoates

08:45      Colne : Library

08:50      Colne : Colne Bus Station

09:00      Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

 

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