Direct Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes and Gemma Wilson.
A circular walk that offers a glimpse into the past (Pateley Bridge has the oldest traditional sweet shop in England; which has traded continuously since opening in 1827), coupled with the opportunity to interact with modern, contemporary art at Coldstone Cut: a cleverly designed and educational structure, opened in 2010 and created by utilising materials from the adjoining limestone quarry.
The route starts with a steepish climb out of Pateley Bridge (a few sweets from the sweet shop may help with this) then it's a varied mix of lush green valleys & fields, woodland that's vibrant with the changing colours of autumn, small sections of open moorland, the prominent Yorke's Folly (a grade 2 listed building from the late 18th century that was commissioned by the Yorke family to provide employment during times when there was little to be had) and several waterways to cross or follow. There are four climbs of note on this walk: two of which are short and steep, and one short section of road walking without any pavement. The last few miles back into Pateley Bridge follow the route of the River Nidd and are therefore easy and flat.
There are a few sections on the route that will be muddy/boggy so good boots and/or gaiters/waterproofs are advisable.
The route should take approximately 6 hours but there a couple of tricky stiles that may slow the group down a touch. We'll have a couple of short breaks for food and drinks.
Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct
This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.
10:20: Meet at the walk start (Corner of High Street and Nidd Walk, Pateley Bridge)
10:30 Walk starts.
Waypoints: Knott, Glasshouses, Abraham Crags, Yorke's Folly, Shrikes Wood, Collbeck Farm, Coldstone's Cut, Coldstones Farm, Throstle Nest, Spring House, Heathfield, Wath, Nidderdale Way
Long stay (over 4 hours) parking is available in the long stay car park at the end of Nidd Walk. Parking costs £1.40 for over 4 hours.
MEET UP POINT:
Once you've parked up, please walk back along Nidd Walk to the corner of Nidd Walk and High Street to meet the group.
Free 24 hour public toilets are located near to the walk start.