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Experience the best of the Yorkshire Dale

The Yorkshire Dales is an inspiring and diverse landscape famed for its scenic beauty. From the individual character of each dale, the charm of the picture postcard villages and the solitude of the moors and fells, we can proudly say we have it all.

This superb natural beauty gives you the space to relax and unwind and creates a wealth of leisure pursuits and activities for you to indulge in, discover and enjoy. Whether it’s a more laid back approach with a day’s fishing, walking or bird watching, or the higher octane pursuits of mountain biking, rock climbing and horse riding.

Studfold Explore Discover and Learn Adventure Trail gives you family fun and an exciting insight into the hidden delights of the 'Great Outdoors' in Upper Nidderdale. Click here to visit the trails website.

Studfold  is ideally situated and within easy reach of many of the varied local attractions.


What is so special about Upper Nidderdale?

From a leisurely stroll through the peaceful countryside, to busy towns and cities that are a shopaholic’s dream such as Harrogate and York, you can set the pace to suit your mood. If a little culture is the order of the day there are many museums, art galleries and heritage centers on offer as well as historical castles, abbeys and country houses. For frivolous fun, thrills and spills, try the Lightwater Valley Theme Park and the excitement a day at the races with courses at York, Wetherby Ripon and Thirsk.

Next door is Howstean Gorge, or as it is known locally ‘Little Switzerland’. The upper dale also hosts the most picturesque part of the ‘Nidderdale Way’, a circular walk of over 50 miles. This takes the intrepid walker past Scar House and Angram reservoirs, a place for reflection and tranquil beauty. At Ramsgill do not miss out on the chance to visit Sarah Garforth’s Ramsgill Studio to see the work of an amazing local Artist.

A bird watchers paradise awaits fifteen minutes down the dale past Gouthwaite Reservoir in this quaint market town of Pateley Bridge  (7 miles) with its traditional shops, small theatre, and the fascinating Nidderdale museum. Close to Pateley are the geographical features of Brimham Rocks and Stump Cross Caverns, both well worth a visit. Malham Cove is another natural wonder not to be missed near Skipton and the gardens at Harlow Carr in Harrogate are a gardener’s delight.

A short, 10 minute drive from Pateley Bridge is the Coldstones Cut. This is a massive construction which visitors can freely walk through and explore. The sculpture overlooks the huge working Coldstones Quarry and offers spectacular views over the scenery of Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales.

The World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey is close to Ripon, (15 miles) one of England’s smallest cities. Ripon is a forty minute trip from the farmhouse. Closer by is the action packed Lightwater Valley Theme Park and for those in need of liquid refreshment, the Black Sheep Brewery and its guided tours.

If you wish to have some retail therapy there are many quaint Yorkshire market towns such as Pateley Bridge, Masham, (10 miles) Leyburn, Grassington, Ripon, Skipton and Northallerton.

There are plenty of opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Local businesses offer mountain bike hire, pony trekking and paintballing. Nidderdale Recreation Centre has a full program of activities and sports available in the area.

Tour de Nidderdale...This is a guided tour of beautiful Nidderdale to celebrate Le Tour de France 2014. There are 2 routes which are suitable for very experienced bicycle riders or for visitors discovering Nidderdale by car. This is a good for a rainy day activity in the car! Adults or children can find commemorative plaques on the way round! Print off your maps here... or ask at reception

Studfold is a great outdoor base and holds boundless opportunities to experience the National Trusts '50 Things To Do Before You're 11  3/4'  Why not sign up now and come along to see how many adventures you can experience?  

'Rain Won't Stop Play' Check out a fantastic list of fun things to do on wet days! Read more...

Fancy a Dales Treasure Hunt.. ? Find one of 4 different postcards... all which all give you different tasks and places to discover in the Yorkshire Dales!  There is one available in Studfold reception. When you have completed the treasure hunt go to the Dales Discoveries website to enter your details into a prize draw! This lasts until the 10th September . Good Luck!

Happy Dales... look out for love hearts in different places in the Dales!


Go Karts on the Studfold Adventure TrailFamily fun –young children

Lost Earth Adventures at StudfoldOutdoor fun

Lost Earth Adventures, a fantastic outdoor activity company, can provide discounts to anyone staying at Studfold that wishes to Gorge Walk, Climb, Abseil or Cave. With a base at Studfold, Lost earth Adventures can create the ideal activity package for those wishing to experience the thrill of nature!!

Please refer to our activities and packages pages.


Local Walks and Bridleways

Upper Nidderdale is the source of the river Nidd and a simply stunning place to visit. Heather clad moorland tops the valley; this flows into sparsely grazed allotments and then to lush green meadows and pastures. It is a haven for wildlife.

Eat Local

Local pubs serve wholesome traditional Yorkshire fayre and within easy reach from Studfold are several excellent restaurants such as the one Michelin starred Yorke Arms in Ramsgill, which are frequented by both visitors and locals. Pateley Bridge has Indian and Italian restaurants and two fish and chip shops.There are a number of great places in which you can eat locally sourced food and sample the offerings of the renowned Pateley Bridge butcher’s shops Kendals and Weatherheads. Their famous, award winning pork pies are not to be missed. In addition, there are great bakeries in the surrounding area as well as freshly sourced food in the local delicatessens.

  • Meadowdale Ice cream – Taste the best homemade ice cream! – Lofthouse village. Tel 01423 755217

Bar Meals

  • Crown at Lofthouse (walking distance). 01423 755204
  • Crown at Middlesmoor (walking distance – up a hill!!) 01423 755206


  • Nidderdale Way Cafe at Studfold... Great breakfasts, light lunches, snacks, coffe and Cake. Packed lunches and carry out breakfast too!
  • Granary Café, Just Delicious, Lemon Meringue, Teacups Café – Pateley Bridge - 7 miles
  • Scar House Reservoir car park mobile snack bar at weekends - 3 miles


  • One Michelin Star Yorke Arms – Ramsgill - 3 miles
  • Sportsmans Arms – Wath - 5 miles
  • Blue Willow – Pateley Bridge - 7 miles

Fish and Chips

  • Pateley bridge - 7 miles

Chinese Takeaway

  • Blue Willow, Pateley bridge - 7 miles


  • Olie's at Pateley Bridge - 7 miles


  • Pateley Bridge - 7 miles

There is something for everyone in Nidderdale and its surrounding area.

Obviously it is impossible to mention every attraction or place of interest so please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.

Details of local attractions and activities, as well as advice about fishing permits can be obtained from local Tourist Information Centres and other useful links: