27 High Street, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5AL, gb
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How Stean Gorge & Tom Taylor's Cave
We had an afternoon without any special plans so we decided to head to Tom Taylor's Cave in Nidderdale close to Pateley Bridge. How Stean Gorge is amazing limestone gorge which is more than ten metres deep and its erosion, which has created a surface gorge in a limestone landscape, means it has been made a Site Of Scientific Interest.
This is definately a place to visit if you'll like a little adventure. According to old stories it is told that a man called Tom Taylor had a hideaway cave in this gorge. The days he spend robbing houses and collecting treasures bringing them into his cave and the police could never catch him as he knew his way around the cave area. It is also said that Tom Taylor died into his cave... You may visit the Tom Taylor's cave as well but you definately need a torch and a helmet there.
Take proper outdoor shoes, waterproof jacket (water dripping from the cave roof), torch and helmet are provided when you buy a ticket to visit the "paths and cave". Take you camera as well as it really does look wonderful down there. After the visit you can enjoy a cup of tea or little something to eat at the cafeteria at the entrance. The entry fee to the gorge is around 4 pounds / person.
The name may put you off a bit- but this place is certainly not as boring as it sounds! Brimham Rocks is an enormous, wooded park with rowan, ash and pine trees, set on undulating terrain near Pateley Bridge on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. But the most interesting thing about the place is the fact that it is scattered with enormous boulders that have been worn over millennia into the most peculiar shapes. Some have formed enormous arches, others look like giant mushrooms, some are almost like twenty-foot high faces. The collection is bizarre and quite extraordinary, unlike anything I've seen before. There are waymarked trails through the woodland and between the rocks (each has its own fanciful name), and there is a visitor centre with museum and refreshments available. The views from the summit of the hill at the museum across the landscape are spectacular, and some of the cliffs are popular with climbers and abseilers. This is a brilliant place to take children- let them use up their energy clambering around the rocks, finding tunnels and passages, or playing in the woods. Afterwards, there is plenty of room for secluded picnics in private little dells surrounded by heather and bracken, or maybe atop one of the smooth rock plateaux above the cliff-like rocks, enjoying superb views out across the dales. But Brimham is also the perfect place for a relaxing stroll for adults, as well as for children, and the sheer size of the park ensures that there is plenty of room for everyone. Although the car park may be busy, and the cafe, as you walk around, you will hardly see another soul.
"Busy Dales town"
I would recommend the town as a good coffee stop or break from driving rather than a place to actually go to although in fairness the shops are good and there are some good eating places.
It is spoilt by heavy traffic passing through and the narrow main street has a constant stream of traffic passing through.
As with all villages and towns in the Dales it is set in a wonderful scenic location and would make a good base fot touring from especially with Harrogate being so close for larger shops and theatres etc.
Long weekend at Pateley Bridge
"The base for our trip"
We chose Pateley Bridge as the base for our long weekend trip to Yorkshire. Why we chose this town was simply because of the lovely cottage we found on Internet (good price/location for our purposes) and which easily accommodated five people.
We rented a car so the village was easily reached. I must say that we really enjoyed our time there. The people were open and came to have a chat and they were really helpful. The village might be challenging to reach by public transportation but with a rental car the location was good.
The village is quite near (25mins drive?) to Harrogate. We actually did day trips to the other parts of Yorkshire returning back to Pateley Bridge for the night.
If you are looking for a true English village, I guess you've found it. There are few pubs which serve excellent pub food at the village.
"Pubs and Tea Rooms"
Pateley Bridge is logated in Nidderdale, an Area or Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). I was not able to find information of how many inhabitants there are so I would guess that only few hundreds. The village itself is tiny but has quite many choices for pubs and places to eat. My wild guess is that you will find none disco's or nightclubs in the village.
Do go and try one of the Tea Rooms in the Village. It's so English that it has to be experienced.
Yorkshire Dales village
Pateley Bridge is one of the more well-known villages in the Yorkshire Dales and so, can be a bit of a tourist trap at times. Especially since it is one of the easier places to reach by public transport in the Dales from Harrogate. Nevertheless, it is a very picturesque place as the village straddles a hill and you have nice views across the dale from many places. I wouldn't base myself here for a long stay in the dales but it is as good a place as any for sights and a good pub meal.
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Address: 27 High Street, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5AL, gb