Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mining History along Moors; Walk: Harrogate Distance: 3 Miles Gig of the Week: Tellison Pateley Bridge DISTANCE: 5' Miles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mining History along Moors; Walk: Harrogate Distance: 3 Miles Gig of the Week: Tellison Pateley Bridge DISTANCE: 5' Miles

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse

ALOOPING section of the Nidderdale Way to the west of Pateley Bridge takes in fine all round views of moors and lowland with evidence along the way of earlier lead mining days.

Starting from the site of Pateley Bridge railway station, we cross the road bridge and turn immediately to the right along the riverside footpath.

A park is on our left and as the pathway rises a caravan site covers ground on the left with a weir stretching across the Nidd.

There are two metal kissing gates on the next section before the path veers to the left with Foster Beck close at hand on our right.

Beyond a wooden kissing gate we pass a single house on our left and after crossing a wooden footbridge our route bears left beside the beck to another gate and then buildings at Corn Close.

Crossing the roadway with care we walk up the slope past houses on our right to a junction (after about 100 yards).

Before the bungalow we bear left on the tarmac road along the bottom edge of Heathfield Caravan Park.

As we continue up the slope and over a cattle grid, Spring House is prominent high above and at a set of sign posts we walk ahead with Westfield House on the hillside away to our right.

Following the lower path through Westfield Caravan Park, Ashfield Side Beck is prominent on our left and our route then runs uphill to join a stony track with views over open countryside.

After a metal field gate our trackway bends left to cross the beck and then runs up to another field gate before another left hand bend that leads to a wooden footbridge and spoil heaps.

Further sharp bends to the left, then right and left again take us up a grassy slope with spoil heaps on our right and a view of Providence House on our right.

We catch sight of traffic on the B6265 road between Greenhow and Pateley Bridge ahead and at the split in routes keep right down the slope.

A right hand bend takes us over a footbridge and there is a wall on our left as we continue down the slope and over a cattle grid.

Walls line both sides of our route as we pass Hillend on our left and at a junction of routes we continue along the Nidderdale Way past Riggs House to an area of woodland. …

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