Patently clear that Pateley Bridge is the place to be!

55 minutes of sheer bliss, meandering through the wonderful Yorkshire Dales, criss-crossing conservation areas, streams, rivers and straddling fabulous walking trails and with a destination that’s the ultimate throw-back to a barnstorming bygone era – yes, indeed, the 24 bus from plush and stylish Harrogate to Pateley Bridge is a treat like no other! What’s more it’s a service operated by the multi-award winning Transdev Blazefield who for many years have been renowned to set the benchmark when it comes to brilliant customer service on buses!

May well, hearty Harrogate hit the headlines with its lovely Spa, elegant Victorian buildings, green courtyards, swanky shops and upmarket restaurants, but paradisical Pateley Bridge is a hidden gem, just waiting to be devoured by scenic thrill seekers!

The gateway to an adventure to Little Switzerland

Pateley Bridge is a haven for nature lovers, offering countless opportunities to explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. On alighting the bus, there’s lovely walks to be enjoyed  along the Nidderdale Way, a scenic 53-mile walking route that winds through lush meadows, tranquil rivers, and ancient woodlands. For a more challenging hike, ascend to the summit of nearby peaks such as Brimham Rocks or Stump Cross Caverns, where panoramic views of the surrounding countryside await. It’s an enchanted part of the UK and the Upper Valley boasts the incredible limestone How Stean Gorge, dubbed ‘Little Switzerland’ by Victorian climbers, and the unspoilt, cobblestoned village of Middlesmoor which dates back to the 12th Century. In the Middle Valley is Brimham Rocks, an extraordinary collection of wacky, eccentric, weird shaped rock formations which are part of 50 acres of Brimham Moor. Meanwhile, in the Lower Valley is Ripley Castle, with its amazing glorious gardens, courtesy of Capability Brown.

Cobbled charm and Cuthbert’s classic church

The Nidderdale Museum, which is housed within the town’s old workhouse is really fascinating with a diverse collection of exhibits detailing the area’s past, from its mining heritage to its agricultural routes. Then, a wander through the cobbled streets, lined with charming stone cottages and Victorian buildings is a real fillip – make sure you stop to admire landmarks such as the Grade 2-listed Pateley Bridge Parish Church of St. Cuthbert and the iconic King Street. The Church was built in 1827 and has a really imposing and eye-catching feel about it! It’s dedicated to an Anglo-Saxon monk who spent his younger years at Ripon monastery and went on to become one of the most important medieval saints of northern England.

Pateley paradise for the sweet toothed

Pateley Bridge is a magnet for shopaholics with a real taste for independent shops and quirks – there’s an eclectic mix of independent shops, galleries and craft studios. Visitors just love browsing here for unique gifts and exploring artisan boutiques like The Oldest Sweet Shop in England, a delightful emporium brimming with nostalgic treats and confectionery delights. Afterwards, there’s plenty of opportunities to satisfy your appetite at one of the town’s quaint tearooms or traditional pubs, where you can sample locally sourced produce and traditional Yorkshire fare, including hearty pies, succulent roasts, and award-winning cheeses.

Immerse yourself in Pateley Bridge’s vibrant community spirit by timing your visit to coincide with one of its lively festivals or events. From the annual Nidderdale Show, showcasing the best of rural life with livestock displays, agricultural competitions, and family-friendly entertainment, to the Pateley Bridge 1940s Weekend, a nostalgic celebration of wartime heritage featuring period re-enactments, vintage vehicles, and swing dancing, there’s always something happening in this bustling market town – it really is a hotbed of activity!

​​Bridging the bustle and bloom with a riverside retreat 

At the bottom of the hill is the River Nidd and the bridge the market town is named after, a fantastic children’s playground and the delightful bandstand. ​ Take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the River Nidd, where idyllic picnic spots and tranquil fishing spots await. Pack a hamper filled with local delicacies and find a peaceful spot along the riverbank to enjoy a leisurely lunch amidst the natural beauty of the Yorkshire countryside and blooming flowers – a real trait of Pateley Bridge – where it’s always a riot of colour! Alternatively, hire a rowing boat or canoe and explore the river at your own pace, soaking up the serenity of this picturesque waterway.

No sheepishness here, the 24 to Pateley Bridge is top notch!

During the Middle Ages, Pateley Bridge thrived as a bustling market town strategically located along ancient trade routes traversing the Yorkshire Dales. However, its significance soared with the rise of the wool trade, a cornerstone of the medieval economy. The town became a pivotal hub for the wool trade, serving as a crucial link between local sheep farmers and merchants from across England and beyond. Wool from the surrounding dales was highly prized for its quality and played a vital role in supplying the burgeoning textile industry. What makes this historical fact particularly intriguing is the town’s association with the “Stannaries,” which were administrative regions in England designated for the regulation of tin mining and the wool trade. Pateley Bridge was granted stannary status, allowing it to oversee the weighing, grading, and taxing of wool produced within its jurisdiction.

There’s no pulling the wool over your eyes – this really is an incredible place and you won’t regret getting on-board the Trandev Blazefield 24 to Pateley Bridge, where there’s something for everyone and with a visit to Harrogate always a high point for those thronging to Yorkshire, this really is one of the most compelling and fabulous of Great Scenic Journeys! To plan your trip, check out  24 Harrogate – Pateley Bridge – Great Scenic Journeys