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10 pretty Nidderdale towns and villages

There’s a reason why Nidderdale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s absolutely stunning! With plenty of walks to try including the 53-mile Nidderdale Way, there’s gorgeous scenery to view throughout this beautiful Yorkshire region.

Take a look at some of the prettiest Nidderdale towns and villages to visit.

#01 Pateley Bridge

Pateley Bridge is one of the prettiest Nidderdale villages

Pateley Bridge is a perenially popular Yorkshire village. It’s home to The Oldest Sweetshop in England, an award-winning high street and the King Street Workshops. – home to artists, designers and local craftspeople. Pateley Bridge Holiday Cottages

#02 Glasshouses

Glasshouses - pretty Nidderdale village

Around a mile outside Pateley Bridge is the small Nidderdale village of Glasshouses. Home to a country pub / restaurant with a trio of holiday cottages (Butterfly, Blossom and Dragonfly) and a peaceful dam.

#03 Masham

The market town of Masham is on the edge of Nidderdale and is well worth a visit. It’s home to two breweries, an annual sheep fair and a quartet of lovely pubs. It’s also home to a range of lovely shops and galleries – perfect for an afternoon of mooching! Masham Holiday Cottages

#04 Ripley

Ripley is a beautiful village near Harrogate

Named as one of the best places to live in North Yorkshire, Ripley is about half way between Ripon and Harrogate.  With lots of green spaces, a great country pub in the form of The Boar’s Head and even a historic castle, there’s plenty to see and do. Stay at Scarah Cottage in Ripley.

#05 Kirkby Malzeard

The Queens Head is a pub in Kirkby Malzeard

Kirkby Malzeard has been home to a cheese creamery for almost 100 years and also has a handsome pub, village butchers, antique shop and plenty of pretty stone cottages. It’s between Ripon and Masham so ideally placed for visiting both market towns. Stay at Churchby in Kirkby Malzeard.

#06 Summerbridge

Summerbridge is the nearest village to Brimham Rocks and has an idyllic position on the banks of the River Nidd. You’ll find a pub in the village and an array of gasto pubs and restaurants nearby. Stay at Folly Rigg Cottage.

#07 Ramsgill

The pretty Nidderdale village of Ramsgill is the setting of renowned Yorkshire restaurant The Yorke Arms. This fabulous restaurant has held a Michelin Star since 2003 and the setting of Ramsgill is picture perfect. Stay at Bluebell of Lofthouse.

In the pretty village you have a charming ice-cream parlour and the local pub is just a short walk away.

#08 Sawley

The village of Sawley is just a stone’s throw from Fountain’s Abbey and home to popular gastro pub The Sawley Arms. With a great community feel the village hosts an annual Green festival and Jazz on the Green afternoon. Stay at Brown Hare Cottage.

Fountains Abbey is a popular Yorkshire attraction

#09 Hampsthwaite

The village of Hampsthaite is just 5 miles from Harrogate and has been designated a Conservation Area and an Area of Great Landscape Value. Once a year the village plays host to the Hampsthwaite Feast and you’ll find a pub, bistro and village rooms in Hampsthwaite. Stay at The Platform.

#10 Timble

The Washburn Valley in Nidderdale

On the slopes of the Washburn Valley is the Nidderdale village of Timble. It’s close to two reservoirs (the Swinsty and the Fewston) and has an excellent gastro pub in the form of The Timble Inn. Stay at Poacher’s Den.

Gorgeous Cottages are the booking agents for a range of luxury Yorkshire Holiday cottages. If you are thinking of a short break or holiday to Nidderdale, give us a call on 01642 263 249.

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