Pateley Bridge Circular Walk

Walk 2   Pateley Circular  -11 miles - An excellent circuit taking in Yorkes Folly, Guisecliff, the Nidd, the Fellbeck ravine, Brimham Rocks and finally panoramic views on the return to Pateley - a good day out! Return to Nidderdale Walks

Brimham Rocks  

Start from Pateley Showground turning left and then left along road to Bewerley. Then take the 2nd turn right and after a 100m or so bear right (near a farm entrance) and follow a zigzag path up through the woods. Cross a road at the top  to  reach Yorkes Folly. Follow the cliffs to reach the transmitter. Cross a stile and proceed down hill with the wall on the right. Follow the distinct grassy track into a small valley and up the other side to pass through a gate (unmarked). Pass through several fields and a gate in the bottom of the valley proceeding in a straight line towards Harewell Hall Farm. Go through the farmyard (between buildings) and just beyond farm house there is a gate. From here it will be possible to see a footbridge across the River Nidd.

Cross the River Nidd on a footbridge and immediately bear right along the river bank and then left up to main road at Low Laithe. Cross the main road and proceed up a vehicle track to Smelt Houses. Bear left for 50m across a bridge and then right to side of the house. The path now enters the confines of Fell Beck with its attractive waterfalls. Follow the path and after crossing footbridge there is a sharp right turn up a hillside and then left proceeding through the woods at higher level. After 1/2 mile the path goes through some slightly thicker bushes at the other side of which turn right (in front of house). After house this becomes a farm track now heading for the foot of Brimham Rocks. When the rocks come into view it should be possible to leave the track and freelance uphill through the many paths meandering through the rocks. At the top bear left towards Brimham House and keep to left of house passing Bear Rock. Keep to this path for 1/4 mile as it descends into small valley. Look for a gap in wall on the left and parallel farm track below.

Fell Beck going to Smelthouses Brimham Rocks


Join the farm track (almost doing a U turn) and proceed to High North Pasture farm. After the farm the track bears right but follow a path diagonally across a well manicured field to reach a stile at the far side. Crossing stile proceed downhill through several fields with hedge on right to reach ford and foot bridge over Fell Beck. Cross a footbridge onto a track and then through two paddocks to top of hill on other side emerging at the left hand side of a house. Turn immediately left to follow a walled path clearly marked as the 'Nidderdale Way'. This meets a minor road. Turn right uphill for 200m and then left. Follow this track passing houses until another minor is reached at Blazefield. Turn left downhill for 200m and then right on walled track which quickly emerges at the hamlet of Knott and then the metalled Panorama Walk back to Pateley passing the Crown Hotel on the Main Street.


Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should consult the relevant OS map.

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