The area

Restaurants and pubs

Pateley Bridge High Street, a couple of minutes' walk from the house, boasts a very good pub, tea rooms, cafes and Indian restaurant.

There are many excellent places to eat within a short drive.  The Sportsman's Arms is a couple of miles away (also accessible via a path along the banks of the river Nidd). The Crown at Middlesmoor and the Boar's Head are both about a 20 minute drive away.

The spa town of Harrogate, about 25 minutes' drive from the cottage, boasts the famous Betty's tearoom, ideal for a luxurious afternoon tea or light lunch, or just pick up some of their excellent cakes and pastries from the adjoining shop.

For a special occasion, the excellent Michelin-starred Yorke Arms is only a short drive away.

Shops

The High Street is home to two award winning butchers selling high-quality meat from the local area, including a variety of local game in season, as well as a fishmonger, deli, bakery and convenience store. Nearby Harrogate has a large range of both chain and independent shops, including several supermarkets. Ripon boasts more excellent butchers and delicatessens as well as galleries and is home to a Booths supermarket.

Places to visit

There is a wealth of things to do whatever the weather including: -

Pateley Bridge - on the doorstep is the Nidderdale Museum, housed in the former workhouse opposite the Church and next to the King Street Workshops.

Greenhow - Coldstones Cut, winner of the PMSA-Marsh Award for the best public sculpture of the year in September 2011. Overlooking the huge working Coldstones Quarry with spectacular views over the scenery of Nidderdale, the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.

Ripley Castle - Independently owned, together with the Boar's Head Hotel, in the picturesque, historic village of Ripley. Open all year.

Ripon - Historic market town, founded over 1300 years ago where the Hornblower still sounds his horn at 9pm each evening. Visit Ripon Cathedral - one of the oldest sites of continuous Christian worship in Britain, the award winning museums - the Police and Prison Museum, Courthouse Museum and Workouse Museum and Garden or Ripon Racecourse.

Harrogate - Apart from visiting Betty's or the Turkish Baths (see below) there is also the Pump Rooms where you can 'take the waters' or visit the RHS Harlow Carr Gardens which also includes a Betty's cafe.

Brimham Rocks (National Trust) - 50 acres of unusual rock formations

How Stean Gorge - a dramatic 60 foot limestone gorge crossed by footbridges

Fountains Abbey (National Trust) - World Heritage site and the largest abbey ruins in the country, with a spectacular Georgian water garden.

Masham - Classic Dales market town, home of both Theakstons and Black Sheep breweries.

Activities

  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing
  • Llama-walking
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Rock climbing
  • Bird watching

More details are available on the Nidderdale website.

Leisure

The Harrogate Turkish baths are not to be missed. Set in beautifully decorated Turkish-style surroundings, the baths provide the ultimate in relaxation experiences. The steam room, three hot rooms and plunge pool are designed to relax the muscles and open the pores, releasing toxins, and you can book in for treatments such as massages or facials.