Located in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Nidderdale is the perfect base for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Don't miss a visit to Stump Cross Caverns, with their stalactites, stalagmites and breathtaking glacial beauty. Or perhaps you'd enjoy a visit to the spectacular How Stean Gorge - a dramatic limestone cleft where you can take a guided adventure tour involving ghyll scrambling, rock climbing and probably getting wet! Luckily, there are plenty of charming pubs nearby where you can warm up and enjoy a well-earned pint afterwards.
Nidderdale's AONB includes the stunning Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage Site that offers a great day out for all the family.It also includes the Washburn Valley, which covers 12 glorious reservoirs that are ideal for walking and cycling.
The character of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is what makes it stand out - there a luscious green valleys entwined with wild moorland and, of course, miles and miles of dry stone walls. There is also fantastic wildlife to be seen here too.
From sweets to ales
For those with a sweet tooth, Nidderdale is home to England's oldest sweetshop. Established in 1827, this ancient shop as been selling old fashioned sweets for nearly two centuries - from handmade fudge and luxury truffles to traditional aniseed balls, flying saucers, sherbet lemons and gobstoppers! Alternatively, if you're near Masham, visit one of the two breweries in the village both making real ales in the traditional way. The Black Sheep Brewery and Theakstons Brewery both have excellent visitor centres and brewery tours.
There's plenty going on for those wanting to experience some real Yorkshire Dales life:
See one of the country's finest displays of livestock and crafts, representing the very best of the Yorkshire Dales, at the Nidderdale Show. Held in the idyllic surroundings of Bewerley Park and featuring top class livestock, horse and dog sections, it's a great family day out.
Brimham Rocks offers an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations which makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale.
Visit the nearby historic market town of Masham, set in lower Wensleydale, to wander round the largest market square in Yorkshire and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of days gone by. At the end of September, Masham boasts one of the largest and finest sheep fairs in England. The fair raises money for charity and fills the town with sheepy fun and entertainment, including judging, events, exhibitions - everything and anything to do with sheep!
The peaceful setting of Pateley Bridge has provided inspiration for artists, writers and film and television productions. The winding High Street is packed with small, specialist shops that cater for virtually any requirement with craft centres, charming pubs and country tea-rooms to explore
Away from the towns, this area is also awash with plenty of picture postcard villages - all carrying their own individual charm. Many have welcoming pubs or cosy tea rooms and you might even stumble upon the odd award winning restaurant like the Michelin starred The Yorke Arms in Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale.