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Nidderdale Way
Beth Rimmer  
15 March 2019
UK price £12.99
72pp, 120 x 220mm, 180g

Nidderdale Way


Beth Rimmer

"I had the most wonderful time walking the Nidderdale Way and would recommend it as an ideal long distance path. It’s beautiful, and its circular nature makes finding places to stay a bit simpler." - Clare Balding, broadcaster and author

The Yorkshire Dales is a famously beautiful part of northern England, and Nidderdale is perhaps the least known of its valleys. This unique dale has three large reservoirs formed by damming the River Nidd, and it boasts impressive natural features such as Brimham Rocks, Guise Cliff and How Stean Gorge. It’s also rich in human heritage, from mining to textile mills. The Nidderdale Way is a delightful 54-mile circuit through the valley, much of it beside the River Nidd. The route starts and ends in the market town of Pateley Bridge, and can be walked comfortably over four to six days. It has had several recent improvements, and is well waymarked throughout.


The book has all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday:

concise directions, printed on rainproof paper

12 pages with detailed route mapping (1:40,000)

background on River Nidd, minerals and textiles

four page section on habitats and wildlife

contact details for accommodation and transport

Link routes from Ripon and Knaresborough

lavishly illustrated with 95+ colour photos.

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From Part 1 (pp4-10)
2.4 Habitats and wildlife
3.4 Ripley to Pateley Bridge
  • West across Gouthwaite Reservoir, Nidderdale Way

    © Jacquetta Megarry

  • Church of St Chad's, Middlesmoor, Nidderdale Way

    © Beth Rimmer

  • Over Pateley Bridge from the cemetery, Nidderdale Way

    © Beth Rimmer

  • Across the water garden to Fountains Abbey, Nidderdale Way


  • Dam of Scar House Reservoir, Nidderdale Way

    © Kreuzschnabel|Wikimedia

  • Eagle Rock, Brimham Rocks, Nidderdale Way

    © Beth Rimmer

West across Gouthwaite Reservoir, Nidderdale Way

© Jacquetta Megarry


Reviewed by Outdoor Focus

The string of three reservoirs … have
all weathered in and now provide added interest to this sadly underestimated landscape. Retired GP Beth Rimmer had always believed that Nidderdale lived up to its ancient Celtic name, which means “brilliant.” So … she had found the ideal retirement project.

The result, in Rucksack Readers’
new 20% lighter format, maintains the larger (1:40,000) map scale, with more (over 95) beautifully-reproduced pictures and the same amount of always informative
and detailed text. Nidderdale highlights, some just off the main 54-mile waymarked route, include How Stean gorge, Pateley Bridge, Fountains Abbey, Ripon and its cathedral, Ripley and its castle, and Brimham’s spectacular Rocks.

Roly Smith, summer 2019, p15

Bonus content

After completing the Nidderdale Way you may wish to buy a cloth badge from Sypeland Outdoors in Pateley Bridge: tel 01423 712 922.

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