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.