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Looking up Nidderdale to Gouthwaite Reservoir from Wath Lane
Looking up Nidderdale to Gouthwaite Reservoir from Wath Lane

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Route No. 334 - Wednesday 14 April 2010
Pateley Bridge, Panorama walk, Wath,
Gouthwaite Reservoir, River Nidd circuit - 11km
Nidderdale (AONB) . . .

Ordnance Survey route map from OS Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 298 Nidderdale at 1:25000


The main street (B6265) through Pateley Bridge
The main street (B6265) through Pateley Bridge

The outskirts of Pateley Bridge from the Panorama Walk
The outskirts of Pateley Bridge from the Panorama Walk

Opposite the church there is a sign indicating the start of the 'Panorama Walk' up some steps from the road and climbing up along an alley for about 75m before turning right on to a narrow lane climbing up the hillside with lovely views over Nidderdale developing away to our right. This was a popular walk in Victorian times and part way up the lane there are some iron railings on the right to a Victorian view point on a rocky outcrop. It's simply called "The Rock" and there is an interesting information board at the site. It's well worth a short stop to admire the view from here.

This morning my wife and I drove to Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale and parked in the small long stay car park next to the river in the town centre at map ref. SE157655. From the car park we walk back up the main street (B6165) past Kendals butchers where I bought a couple of their brilliant pork pies for lunch. Beyond the shops, about 250m up the hill from the river, the road bends sharply round to the right and round the bend there is a Methodist church on the right.

The Panorama Walk from Pateley Bridge
The Panorama Walk from Pateley Bridge

Walking up the Panorama Walk from Pateley Bridge
Walking up the Panorama Walk from Pateley Bridge

Looking back to Pateley Bridge along the Panorama Walk
Looking back to Pateley Bridge along the Panorama Walk

Our turning off the road at Knott
Our turning off the road at Knott

Walled track climbing up from Knott
Walled track climbing up from Knott

Crossing the stile at the road junction
Crossing the stile at the road junction

We crossed the road and climbed the stile into the field opposite to follow a footpath down to the slope to the corner of the field ahead of us on our left. It's an awkward descent down a steep bank covered in gorse bushes to a stile on to a lane below. (It's probably much better to turn left at the road junction for about 100m then turn right on to the lane and follow the lane along the bottom edge of the field we crossed)

A little further on about 700m from the road, at map ref. SE167652, we came to a narrow unsurfaced lane on our left to a small cluster of properties at Knott. There are several direction signs at the junction relating to the various properties here. Here we turned left and followed the track between the walls. After about 400m we came to a minor road and as we approached the road there was a large ruined farmstead in the field on our left. At the road we turned left and followed the road for about 250m to a junction.

Starting along the track from Knott
Starting along the track from Knott

Ruined farm in a field by the track
Ruined farm in a field by the track

The track above Pateley Bridge to the old quarry area
The track above Pateley Bridge to the old quarry area

View over Pateley Bridge from the track
View over Pateley Bridge from the track

The track above Pateley Bridge to the old quarry area
The track above Pateley Bridge to the old quarry area

Path to Wath Lane from the old quarry area
Path to Wath Lane from the old quarry area

We continued for a total of about 700m through the quarry area to the road, called Wath Lane at map ref. SE158668. At the road there was a bench seat where we stopped for a break with a great view across the valley and up the valley to Gouthwaite Reservoir.

Once over the stile on to the lane we turned right to walk along the lane. We passed a few stone houses and after about 800m the lane became a track through a disused quarry. We followed the track through the old quarry workings and at one point we sat on a bank with a lovely view over Nidderdale.

The track above Pateley Bridge to the old quarry area
The track above Pateley Bridge to the old quarry area

Seat at the view point on Wath Lane
Seat at the view point on Wath Lane

Path through the old quarry area
Path through the old quarry area

A farm at Wath
A farm at Wath

The track from Wath up into the woods
The track from Wath up into the woods

Following the track to Gouthwaite Reservoir
Following the track to Gouthwaite Reservoir

The little viaduct seemed worthy of a railway but was well away from the old Nidd Valley Light Railway. We continued along the bridleway following the track for about 1.5km from Wath. Here we turned sharp left off the track to join the Nidderdale Way heading down the hillside to the edge of Gouthwaite Reservoir at the north eastern end of the dam.

After our break we followed the road down the hillside for about 1.3km into the village of Wath. In the village the road makes a sharp left turn at map ref. SE147678. On the crown of this bend we turned right off the road to follow a track climbing up through the woodland. The track crossed a substantial low stone viaduct.

Row of cottages fronting on to our track at Wath
Row of cottages fronting on to our track at Wath

The track crossed a substantial stone viaduct
The track crossed a substantial stone viaduct

Looking down onto the dam at Gouthwaite Reservoir
Looking down onto the dam at Gouthwaite Reservoir

The dam at Gouthwaite Reservoir
The dam at Gouthwaite Reservoir

Following the Nidderdale Way to Wath Bridge
Following the Nidderdale Way to Wath Bridge

Following the Nidderdale Way to Wath Bridge
Following the Nidderdale Way to Wath Bridge

Here we came to the road at Wath Bridge.

From the dam we continued along the Nidderdale Way route for about 600m.

Fallen beech tree by the path
Fallen beech tree by the path

Taking a break by the River Nidd
Taking a break by the River Nidd

Swaledale ewe and lambs
Swaledale ewe and lambs

The Nidderdale way crossing the road at Wath Bridge over the River Nidd
The Nidderdale way crossing the road at Wath Bridge over the River Nidd

A farm pond next to the Nidderdale Way
A farm pond next to the Nidderdale Way

Nidderdale Way path beside the River Nidd
Nidderdale Way path beside the River Nidd

Following the Nidderdale Way back to Pateley Bridge
Following the Nidderdale Way back to Pateley Bridge

Back at the car park there's a nice tea shop by the river where we stopped for a coffee and a toasted teacake before driving home. The whole walk had been 11km and it had taken us about four hours to walk including our breaks.

We crossed the road and followed the Nidderdale way route for about 2.3km back into Pateley Bridge following the route of the old Nidd Valley Light Railway along its low embankment across the fields beside the River Nidd.

An angler in the River Nidd
An angler in the River Nidd

Ashfoldside Beck entering the River Nidd
Ashfoldside Beck entering the River Nidd

Road bridge over the River Nidd in Pateley Bridge
Road bridge over the River Nidd in Pateley Bridge

Family of ducks on a farm pond by the path on the way back to Pateley Bridge
Family of ducks on a farm pond by the path on the way back to Pateley Bridge

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