Breathtaking, awe inspiring, spectacular, jaw dropping – these are just some of the words people have used to describe the views in Nidderdale AONB. Looking for a great view? In this area of Yorkshire, you’re spoiled for choice. There are so many brilliant views it’s almost impossible to choose. Here are four of our favourite great views to get you started.
Yorke's Folly dominates the skyline as you look towards Greenhow from Bewerley. Built as a grand folly in the late 18th century, the three towers were created to look like the ruin of an east window or church crossing. It was said to have been built when work was scarce in the district. It is now locally known as 'Two Stoops' because one of the shafts was blown down in a storm in 1893. After a steep climb to Yorke's Folly you are rewarded with panoramic views across Nidderdale. A network of barns, walls and hamlets spread out in front of you. There's even a convenient bench next to the folly so you can sit back and soak up the view!
Location: approximately one mile south of Bewerley village, off Nought Bank Road. Grid ref: SE 158636. Access info: walk from Pateley Bridge (approx 1.5 miles) or park in the layby on the hairpin bend of the Bewerley-Heyshaw Moor road (Nought Bank Road) where you can immediately hit the upward moorland track that will take you to the folly (approx 5 minutes).
The Coldstones Cut is a piece of public art on a monumental scale. It was created by Andrew Sabin as a cultural response to Coldstones Quarry.From an array of platforms visitors can view the vast quarry hole, limestone quarrying operation and sweeping panoramas across the AONB. It's an exposed spot so don't forget to wrap up warm even on a sunny day!
Location: Greenhow village, about 2 miles west of Pateley Bridge, on the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Grassington. Grid ref: SE 127641. Access: the Cut is signposted from the B6265 at Greenhow and free car parking is available at the Toft Gate Lime Kiln car park. From here the footpath climbs quite steeply for about 500 metres up to the sculpture. More info: http://www.thecoldstonescut.org/
Middlesmoor is a small working hill village at the head of Nidderdale. An unspoilt spot with houses clustering tightly along narrow ginnels and courts. Follow the cobbled lane that leads down to the church. From the churchyard you can see down the valley with breathtaking views of Nidderdale stretching down towards Pateley Bridge.
Location: Middlesmoor village is a 25 minute drive (8.5 miles) from Pateley Bridge. Grid ref: SE 093742. Access: small car park at the top of the village.
William Aislabie bought Hackfall in 1731. He transformed the woodland into a romantic ‘wilderness’ garden with trees, walkways, waterfalls, surprise views and follies. One of the highlights is the view from ‘The Ruin’ set magnificently on the edge of the steep escarpment known as Mowbray Point. From here there are wonderful views right across to the North York Moors.
Location: Hackfall can be found just outside the village of Grewelthorpe, near Masham. Grid Ref: SE 233773. Access: you can walk to Hackfall alongside the River Ure from Masham or on public rights of way from Grewelthorpe. There is also a small free car park on the Grewelthorpe to Masham road. Entry to the site is free but footpaths are steep in places and can be very muddy and slippery. More info: http://www.hackfall.org.uk/