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Nidderdale

Proud of its place within the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale is for many the favourite and friendly Dale! It truly deserves its status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its stunning moorland scenery and tapestry of lush green meadows.

Bordered by the Yorkshire Dales National Park and close to the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey, Nidderdale is that unique blend of ingredients, mixed in the right proportions and painted in the right colours – whatever the season.

At the heart of Nidderdale is Pateley Bridge, the main dales town of Nidderdale. In Pateley Bridge you can visit the award-winning Nidderdale Museum and get a taste of how life used to be. Traditions are also enthusiastically preserved with annual events such as the Arts Trail, 1940's weekend, Nidderdale Show, Walking Festival and the Christmas St Nicholas Fair.

Pateley Bridge is also fast becoming a bit of a 'foodie paradise' too! You'll find award winning pork pies at Kendall's butchers, their own farm reared beef at Weatherheads butchers, fresh deli produce at Park View Stores, homemade cakes at Just Delicious, freshly baked bread at the Old Bake House, delicious Italian dishes from Olleys Restaurant and even the oldest sweet shop in England graces the High Street.

You'll be able to enjoy great Yorkshire food and beer with your four legged friend at the Royal Oak and the Crown in Pateley Bridge, The Birch Tree at Wilsill, The Crown at Middlesmoor and Lofthouse and the Sportsman's Arms at Wath. Nidderdale even can boast to have its own Michelin starred restaurant in nearby Ramsgill – the Yorke Arms.

Staying in Nidderdale you can do as much or as little as you wish! The walks are fantastic, you'll be spoilt for choice and they also include a section of the Nidderdale Way for you to experience also. It's no surprise that Nidderdale is becoming a real mecca for walkers, mountain bikers and thrill seekers! A wide range of leisure activities are also catered for including horse riding, fishing, cycling, pot-holing, Llama trekking and rock climbing.

Fancy something a little different to get the adrenalin pumping whilst visiting the area? Why not check out our friends at How Stean Gorge where you can experience 'The Big 5' – Via Ferrata, Abseil, Gorge Scrambling, Caving and Canoeing or for the ultimate outdoor adventure why not visit Log Heights near Harrogate – you could be jumping into the sky to catch a trapeze in the tree tops one minute, problem solving closer to the ground the next or enjoying the grounds of Ripley Castle on a Segway!

If you haven't heard, we love cycling in Yorkshire! We were delighted that the county hosted the 'Grand Depart' of the 2014 Tour de France and local lad Dave Mann at Nidderdale Cycles, just outside Pateley Bridge is there to help you get out on two wheels by offering cycle hire and suggested routes you can enjoy whilst staying in Nidderdale.

Venture out of Kirkby Malzeard and you can enjoy the Crackpots Mosaic walk or the Henry Jenkins walk, which takes in the nearby village of Azerley and through the grounds of Braithwaite Hall. In the next village of Grewelthorpe you'll find Hackfall Wood, managed by the Woodland Trust, well worth a visit where you'll see ancient follies, the ruins of Mowbray Castle and even a forty foot waterfall.

At the upper end of the dale, lies the stunning Scar House Reservoir, a great place to blow away the cobwebs. Not forgetting Middlesmoor with its pretty views across to Gouthwaite Reservoir and How Stean Gorge, an outstanding limestone gorge, hidden in Nidderdale's lush green pastures.

The beautiful World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal owned by the National Trust is also just a short drive away, or why not explore Brimham Rocks?

The famous brewing town of Masham is just a short ten minute drive away; enjoy the local beers from Black Sheep and Theakstons, dinner at Vennells or a visit to the Nolon Stacey Gallery.

The stylish Spa town of Harrogate, famous for its Turkish Baths and of course Betty's tea rooms is just a half hour drive away. Stroll around the Valley Gardens or the RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, or enjoy lunch at Van Zeller or William and Victoria's!

Delicious Yorkshire food and local beers can be enjoyed out and about with your four legged friend in and around Kirkby Malzeard, call in for a pint and a growler or two (a pie!) at the Bruce Arms in Masham, Kings Head in Masham, White Bear in Masham, The Bruce Arms or the Bull in West Tanfield. The Blue Lion in East Witton and the Cover at Coverbridge, to name just a few!