Glasshouses, Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale

Glasshouses, Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale

Glasshouses, Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale

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Glasshouses, Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale Dog Walk
Distance: 7 miles
Duration: 2¾ hours
Level of walk: MediumView Walks Key
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Why you should do this walk…
This fairly long walk can be done in two stages with a dog-friendly refreshment stop in Pateley Bridge along the way. Part one from Glasshouses to Pateley Bridge is all off-lead and takes you into the market town, before heading up into the fields and green lanes of Nidderdale. The circular walk 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.

What else you need to know

How to get there – 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.

Suggested map – OS Explorer 298 Nidderdale, Fountains Abbey, Ripon & Pateley Bridge

Car park – roadside parking in Glasshouses, by the river

Start – public footpath sign for Pateley Bridge (1¼ miles) in Glasshouses

Length/time – 7 miles, takes around 2¾ hours with a break for tea, or around 4½ miles in 2 hours if starting in Pateley Bridge.

Terrain/difficulty – MEDIUM with some uphill walking on enclosed green lanes, fields, tarmacked paths and quiet roads.

Dog friendliness – plenty of opportunities for a paddle or a swim, enclosed green lanes and quiet fields allow plenty of off lead time for well-behaved dogs.  No stiles and just one stonewall gap with steps up. 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.

Food and drink – options in Pateley Bridge -Royal Oak on Bridgehousegate, Crown Inn on High Street and Teacups café  as well as Harefield Hall on footpath to Pateley Bridge.  See Directories for details.

Public toilets – Pateley Bridge

Other interesting info:

Pateley Bridge has the oldest sweet shop in England and the cheapest pay and display car park we’ve found in Yorkshire – 50p for an hour and £1.20 for up to four hours!  Great if you only want to do this walk from Pateley Bridge.

The Walk

  1. Start by the river in Glasshouses at a public footpath sign for Pateley Bridge (1 ¼ 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. After passing Wildings Tea Rooms & 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.
  5. 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 (¾ mile) – way-marked as the Industrial Heritage Trail.
  6. 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 way-marker pointing right towards a flight of stone steps to a way-marked 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 tarmacked road signposted as the Nidderdale Way and the Industrial Heritage Trail.
  7. On this section, there are some splendid views of the Dales. Head a short distance along the road to a way-marked gate in the stone wall on the right by a large tree. 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.
  8. Pass through a way-marked 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 way-marked gate leading to an enclosed green lane – with a stone wall on either side.
  9.  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.
  10. 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 tarmacked road and continue through Heathfield Caravan Park, keeping Foster Beck to the right. There are two dog-waste bins in this area.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. Near the children’s play area, turn left to cross the bridge and return to the car park in Pateley Bridge, or riverside path back to Glasshouses.

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    • admin  - 27/02/2012 - 7:11 pm

      Really pleased you like the blog. Let me know if you enjoy the walk.

  1. mark  - 28/07/2013 - 6:00 pm

    did walk 28/7/13 really good walk and great scenery,cassie my border collie enjoyed too,great walks on this site done 4 of them now and enjoyed all

    • corina  - 28/07/2013 - 8:21 pm

      Hi, thanks for your comments on this walk. Really pleased that you’ve enjoyed all the four walks that you’ve done. Hope you’re going to enjoy more in the future. Please let us know how you get on with your next ones 🙂

  2. Kathryn  - 11/08/2013 - 5:54 pm

    I tried to do this walk today got to pateley bridge up the track between the hedges right and left though the cottages and to the gate up the stone steps , then there was no tarmac track to the right of the gate and so walked right which took you down the hill to the wall and along the filed boundary bounded by other fields no tarmac path. just stone walls.

    So sadly had to abandon, it looks like from this gate the path actually goes left up the hill then through the wood over a stone stile.
    Really frustrated , perhaps you can adjust the instructions at this point or make the map clearer for those of us who dont download gps markers?

    • corina  - 11/08/2013 - 6:15 pm

      Hi – thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry you don’t don’t find our instructions detailed enough. I hope you and your dog find our other walks more satisfactory.

      Below is point 6, which I think you are talking about? I remember doing this part of the walk and there is definitely a very easy to find and clearly visible track. We have not had any other negative feedback on these instructions, however when we are in the area again we will update any changes people may have made to the paths in the area.

      Point 6
      The road quickly becomes a track and heads uphill by a wire and post fence. Passing a barn conversion to the right, keep left, continuing ahead to a waymarked gate. Keep following the now narrow path uphill with hedgerows either side towards a waymarked kissing gate up some stone steps to a gap built into the wall. Pass through the gap and bear right towards a single track tarmacked road signposted to Nidderdale Way and the Industrial Heritage Trail.

      • Mike  - 05/09/2013 - 5:17 pm

        Firstly, thanks very much for a very enjoyable walk that we would not have found without your help.
        However, Kathryn is quite correct to say that point 6 is wrong. Indeed several ,of the detailed points are wrong. I suggest some corrections below.
        What would be more help than detailed corrections would be a simple introductory statement that “the walk is roughly as described but that the detailed directions may not always be precisely correct”. We found our way around the walk simply by taking that approach, plus a bit of common sense; had we assumed that every bit of the description corresponded exactly to the reality on the ground, we would have been lost.
        “Distance 7 miles” should read “Distance 5 miles”
        5) “by the Park View Stores” should read “a little before the Park View Stores”
        6) “Pass through the gap and bear right towards a single track tarmacked road” should read “Pass through the gap & gate and continue along the left hand side of the field to a stile (plus gate) on the left. Over the stile bear right towards a single track tarmacked road”
        8) “continue through another gate to an enclosed green lane” should read “continue through another gate, and then another to an enclosed green lane”

        • corina  - 08/09/2013 - 8:12 pm

          Thanks for your comments we will re-walk and update and publish soon. Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Beastie House  - 08/02/2015 - 5:54 pm

    Thanks for the walk suggestion! We started in Pateley Bridge and had no trouble following your directions. We were sad to see that the large tree off the small road (step 7 in directions) has fallen. Though the stump of the tree is still there and the dry stone wall is severely damaged, it looks like work is being done to clear the tree and probably repair the wall. For future reference, the right turn is well before the long row of trees at the top of the hill. Thanks, again, for such thorough directions! Very helpful!

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Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

A lot of walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, and some scrambling up rocks. Distance from 6 miles upwards.

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