Outdoors and active

Outdoors and active

With over 600km2 of stunning landscape to explore Nidderdale AONB has great opportunities for outdoor activities. From mountain biking over the remote Dallowgill moor to climbing through the Via Ferrata high wire adventure at How Stean Gorge, this beautiful corner of Yorkshire has loads of exciting outdoor activities to offer. With walking, cycling, horse riding, climbing, caving, fishing and kayaking on offer, if you’re looking for outdoor activities you’ve come to the right place!

Pateley Bridge, Masham, Ilkley, Otley and the Washburn Valley are great for days out in their own right or to use as a starting point for your outdoor activities.


Is country walking your thing? With 820km of public footpaths and bridleways, there are endless options for walking and hiking routes throughout Nidderdale AONB. Taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in Yorkshire, we think country walking is one of the best ways to explore Nidderdale.

Whether you’re up for discovering one of the long distance walking trails that cut across the AONB countryside, you’re looking for a short walking route to do with the family or you want to venture out and do some serious hiking or hill walking on open access land Nidderdale has a walking trail for everyone.


Nidderdale offers some of the finest opportunities for cycling in the UK. Many top cyclists train in the Yorkshire Dales with its quiet roads, great hill climbs and fantastic variety of scenery and trails. It’s no surprise that this area was at the heart of stage one of the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014 and was part of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 route. We urge you to come and experience cycling in Nidderdale for yourself!


Whether you’re an experienced fisherman or fancy trying fishing in Yorkshire for the first time, Nidderdale AONB provides a host of fantastic opportunities for fishing, in some of the most beautiful, peaceful locations in the Yorkshire Dales.

If you know where you want to fish or if you have no idea but would just like to do it on one of the many rivers in this area, speak to Yorkshire River Angler and read the in depth river pages to get a feel for this fantastic part of the world.

Horse riding

Nidderdale AONB has more than 170km of bridleways - with opportunities for riders of all abilities. Horse riding in Nidderdale AONB is a great way to see the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and Nidderdale has plenty to offer - from beginners learning to ride and looking for riding lessons to experienced riders who want a longer trek in the Yorkshire Dales.


Nidderdale’s large areas of open moorland and small, remote villages mean that light pollution is minimal, and the night skies in the Yorkshire Dales are some of the darkest skies in England. Our dark skies offer a wonderful opportunity to sit back and gaze at the stars, and anyone can do it.

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