Nidderdale Way from Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, including The Coldstones Cut – Yorkshire biggest and highest public art work.
When: 2nd August 2019
Start/ Finish: Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire Dales
This easy/moderate 10mile anti-clockwise loop started and finished in the beautiful village of Pateley Bridge nestled in the iconic Yorkshire Dales. Me and my bestie had decided to for a girly meet and had just spent the night at the quaint Willow Bed and Breakfast just off the highstreet. The walk followed the Nidderdale Way, crossing the bridge then west along to Ashfold Side Beck. At the historic lead mining ruins, we followed the path south to Greenhow, then east to Coldstones Cut quarry and finally back into Pateley Bridge along the Nidderdale Way.
To be brutally honest, we did this route the opposite way round than we intended, it was only when we were on the river trail when I realised (too busy talking to my best mate!) – and actually it was probably the better way round to do this loop.
The weather was muggy (shorts and t-shirt weather) with the threat of thunder showers in the afternoon, so we’d hoped to get most of the walk done before we got caught in any rain. The river trail was a small path next to the river through woodland and then through grassy fields. With the ground still damp and the warmth in the air, there were plenty of butterflies showing off their wings.