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Explore 15 of the best short walks around Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales. Each walk comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route description and lots of images, plus information on local beauty spots and tasty refreshment stops. No challenging terrain or complicated navigation means walks can be enjoyed by everyone.


The walks in this book can be enjoyed all year round, but some routes can be muddy, especially in winter. Bluebell woods are a highlight of spring and moorland heather blooms in August/September.


Ilkley, Otley, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Masham, Pateley Bridge


All walks are easy to access and usually well signposted. The majority are at lower level, although a few venture higher. The only challenging or steep terrain is found at Hackfall Woods, situated on a steep river bank. Some walks feel isolated and many can be muddy, but none are far from refreshment.

Must See

An area full of contrasts: spectacular landforms such as Brimham Rocks and the Nidd Gorge; human design at Studley, Jerveaux and Coldstones Cut; the peace and isolation of Dallowgill, Colsterdale and Dacre Banks; and picturesque towns and villages including Pateley Bridge, Masham and Ripley
4 May 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x .60cm

Would you like to explore the best of Nidderdale? This guidebook covers 15 of the best short walks in the area (between 2 and 12km), including Brimham Rocks, Jerveaux Abbey and Coldstones Cut, plus walks from Masham, Pateley Bridge, Ripley and Knaresborough.

Cicerone’s Short Walks guides contain everything you need to get outdoors and discover the best of an area. The short walks are perfect if you’re new to walking or looking for something you can enjoy with the whole family.

What sets these guidebooks apart from the rest?

  • Walks under three hours, plus one challenge route
  • Easy to follow with clear route descriptions
  • Facilities, parking and highlights for every route
  • No specialist gear needed, walk all year round
  • Ordnance Survey mapping

Let the adventures begin!

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Jon Fallis Cicerone author JFALLIS

By Jon Fallis

Jon Fallis lives with his family near Ripon and has enjoyed many years of walking in and around the Nidd valley and the Nidderdale AONB. He was helped by his wife Karen, son Daniel and two dogs in researching the walks for Short Walks in Nidderdale. He has many years' experience of hill-walking and outdoor pursuits in exotic locations, but always comes back to this unique area to enjoy the character of the landscape.

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