Places

Heritage

If history and heritage is your thing - prepare to be bowled over. Wherever you are in Nidderdale AONB you are surrounded by fascinating heritage, which draws on thousands of years of human activity.

From amazing rock art and Iron Age settlements to traditional stone field barns, 19th century quarry workers' cottages and huge Victorian built reservoirs, heritage is all around you in Nidderdale. If you know where to look you can see the result of thousands of years of interaction between humans and the landscape. This heritage is one of the things that make the AONB so special.

Visit the Coldstones Cut at Greenhow and you’ll gain an amazing insight into Nidderdale AONB’s quarrying industry; head to one of the 11 reservoirs in the AONB and learn about their history and stunning surroundings; look out for the old textile mills at Glasshouses and Summerbridge – a reminder of the importance of the textile industry; spot the evidence of the railway line from Pateley Bridge to Angram - built to help construct the reservoirs in Upper Nidderdale; and be sure to pause and appreciate the beautiful stone barns and walls – some of the oldest features that make the landscape so special.