We were looking for a short walk suitable for my three year old, and came across a set of suggested walks by The Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership. This first route takes you through the pretty village of Bewerley into ancient woodland, round the fishpond (where we picnicked) and down the hillside back to Bewerley. At just 2 miles my daughter walked it without complaint.
Route: Walk one from this page by the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership
Parking: Pay and display carparks in Pateley Bridge
Facilities: Public toilets in Pateley Bridge. Lots of choices for cafes and tearooms. Play area.
Pushchairs: Route is not suitable for buggies.
The walk starts following the road between Pateley Bridge and Bewerley, the path was quite narrow but there were few cars. We passed the auction house where sheep were being loaded onto a transporter. Interesting conversation about where they were going!! There were some lovely views from the road!
The woodland was pretty with benches to rest when needed. Before you get to the pond you can pop up the steps to see the 18th century icehouse.
At the pond there are a few benches to enjoy a break, and we stopped for a picnic, where some very tame ducks came over hoping for some of our sandwiches!
The path follows the edge of the pond and over a ‘trolly trolly’ Bridge (according to our daughter).
Leaving the woods you climb the Monks steps and are rewarded with great views, before walking down the fields and back to Bewerley.
Coming back into Pateley Bridge you pass the great play area, a perfect reward for any little legs! We finished the day with a trip to the nearby Brimham Rocks.
We’re looking forward to trying some of the other suggested walks so will be back soon!
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