Rodney Waddilove led sixteen members and guests on a walk from Pateley Bridge that could be described as 'The best of North Nidderdale.' On a beautiful sunny day, the group walked east along the River Nidd to Low Laithe where we left the River to ascend to Smelthouses. After a short section of road the group followed the bridleway past Low Wood House to The National Trusts' estate at Brimham Rocks. The familiar route through natures famous grit sculptures brought us to our lunch point at the information point. After basking in the sun the group plunged into the bracken 'forest' in the north of the estate to pick up the path past High North Pasture Farm. A right turn brought us to paths through woodland to Fellbeck and the busy B6265 road. Our exposure to traffic was, however, short-lived as we followed the footpath past Fellbeck House to re-enter Low Wood and return to Smelthouses by the Nidderdale Way. A short ascent past Kiln House brought us White Houses and glorious views along the Dale. The group followed the well-known path through Blazefield to join The Panorama Walk above Pateley and on to our starting point. Everyone enjoyed an eleven-mile walk of the highest quality.



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