Please download the above Sponsorship form for the walk.
There are two routes for the walk. The longer walk is up to the Disused Mines at the top of the Nidderdale Way and then back to Pateley Bridge through the caravan parks and along the footpath by the river. It is approximately 6 miles/10 kilometres. The shorter route (approximately 3.7 miles/6 kilometres) takes the same route until just past Lady Riggs farm and then turns right on to the footpath down the field to Moss Carr Bottom and over a ford to the caravan parks. There, it rejoins the longer route to return to Pateley Bridge.
Both routes begin at the Band Stand in the Park in Pateley Bridge. From here, cross Low Wath Road by the petrol station and after approx. 50 metres take the footpath at the side of Park View Stores. At the first road, turn right then after about 30 metres turn left onto the sign posted footpath by Joiners Cottage up to Eagle Hall. At the top of the path, cross the stile and turn right to join the tarmac lane. This is where you join the Nidderdale Way. Continue steadily uphill past Riggs House and then down to Lady Riggs farm (which is marked on the map but not named!)
For the longer route, continue on the lane taking a very sharp right hand turn onto the unmade track at Low Hole Bottom. You will find a ‘refreshment station’ at Hill End – enjoy! After this, follow the track over a bridge and up to the disused mines. At the top, please take time to have a look at the information about the mines. Take the path just to the right of the information board and follow this in a gently descending right hand curve to the footbridge. Cross the footbridge and turn right down the lane towards the Caravan Parks. The two routes join together here.
For the shorter route, continue past the farm at Lady Riggs and take the next footpath on the right. This goes slightly right and diagonally down across the field to a gate. Follow the path carefully down to Moss Carr . At the bottom gate, take the left path over the beck on the footbridge and then right between the fields. Turn right again down to the caravan park. Cross the beck and go through the gates to turn right and rejoin the longer route.
Download the Lady Riggs PDF
Both routes continue down towards the main road up the Dale from Pateley Bridge. Cross the road, keep to the right through the farmyard and join the footpath by the beck. Continue alongside the beck, over the footbridge and past the cottage to the Meadows. Keep to the footpath and then along the riverside path, past the caravan park and through the park to Pateley Bridge.
The route will be marked with laminated direction arrows and there will be stewards at key points along the way.
Please arrive to start your walk between 10 and 10.30 a.m. There are a number of car parks in Pateley Bridge – the long stay one at the old railway turntable a hundred metres past ‘Wildings’ is probably the cheapest. We will ask you to ‘sign in’ for the walk and leave a mobile number. This is for Covid19 tracking if that should become an issue, and also so that we can make sure everyone has got back safely before we all go home.
The walk is all on public footpaths. Please do keep to the footpaths and keep dogs on short leads. There are lambs and rare ground nesting birds around at this time of year which do not need to be alarmed or disturbed.
As always, close gates and take any litter (including dog poo bags) away with you.
Thank you for supporting us. We hope you have a great walk and raise lots of money for our project to support a refugee family coming to live here in Nidderdale.
UPDATES (ie things I missed before!)
Please remember to bring your own masks, sanitiser/anti-bac wipes and personal
first aid kits.
We are expecting that it will be ok to walk in groups of 6. Sensible social distancing
(2m from other groups) , particularly at ‘pinch points’ such as gates is still advised.
You can find the latest guidance here if you want to check:
Finally: We will be holding a raffle too. Tickets will be on sale at the start of the
walk and you can pick up your prizes when you check in at the end
Also…The Pateley Playhouse group will be doing ‘Tea on the Green’ on Bank
Holiday Monday very near to us in the park so there will be no shortage of tea and
cakes to buy and general sociable people to chat to.