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Nidderdale and Brimham Rocks

A leisurely walk (riverside) in North Yorkshire, England, about 11.00km (6.84 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 214m (702ft)
Descent 193m (633ft)
Max. Elevation 210m (688ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 407m (1335ft)
Start & End
Pateley Bridge
Distance 11.00km
Duration ~3:45h
Ordnance Survey Map
4Created by timmy on 02 Oct 2012
The Nidderdale Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty just outside the Yorkshire Dales. One of the region's highlights is Brimham Rocks, an area of dramatic rock formations set in beautiful moorland. It's well worth making a day of this short walk to allow time to explore them. Return via the River Nidd for an easy finish to the day.

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OS Grid SE158655
Take the bus to Pateley Bridge.
OS Grid SE182650
Follow the Nidderdale Way to Blazefield, heading east out of town.
About 2.40 km (~1.49 miles) from
OS Grid SE196653
At Mill House, leave the Nidderdale Way to head towards Brimham Rocks.
About 1.47 km (~0.91 miles) from
OS Grid SE205652
Allow a bit of time to explore Brimham Rocks, managed by the National Trust. It's a great place for some scrambling about on the rocks, or just lazing on top of them if it's sunny. More info here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks
About 0.89 km (~0.55 miles) from
OS Grid SE207645
At High Woods, pick up the footpath that will return you to the Nidderdale Way.
About 0.77 km (~0.48 miles) from
OS Grid SE194642
Pass through Smelthouses back into Nidderdale.
About 1.34 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid SE188638
Pass through Knox Hall to join the footpath along the River Nidd.
About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
OS Grid SE171643
It's a pleasant riverside walk back towards Pateley Bridge.
About 1.79 km (~1.11 miles) from
OS Grid SE160654
Finish up back in Pateley Bridge for the bus home.
About 1.50 km (~0.93 miles) from

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