Pateley Bridge Walking Festival
2013 Dates: Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th September 2013. Booking now open!
The third PBWF took place in September 2012 and was a great success. This year, we have kept a few of the most popular routes from 2012 and added some exciting new options, such as Walk 7 (Grimwith and Troller's Gill - an absolute beauty), Walk 15 (Gouthwaite Circular, using some paths that aren't public rights of way - with permission of course!) and Walk 6 (a section of the Six Dales Trail). Our ice cream theme from 2012 continues with Walk 14 (Ice Cream Sunday) and there are other new short, medium and long options (check out the Walks Plan pages). We hope you can find something to tempt you along. If you want a flavour of the area, check out the Gallery which has a range of photos from the 2010 - 2012 festivals. The Gallery also includes local award-winning artist Alister Colley's superb painting 'The Roaming Empire' which inspired us to devise this year's Walk 5.
If you still need convincing, here are a few indicative quotes from 2012 festival goers:
"I really enjoyed your festival and only wish I could have stayed longer. I particularly enjoyed the community element - I loved the way you all pulled together to provide this event. And everyone was really friendly."
"I really enjoyed my 2 days of walking and I met some really nice people"
"Everyone was friendly, relaxed and knowledgeable, so we would definitely love to join more walks next year."
"I came home feeling like I'd had a great day out, in good company, with a plenty of exercise, so 9.75 out of 10 would be my rating!"
"The Pateley to Jervaulx walk was absolutely excellent with the special bonus of having the man who put it all together as the leader. Can’t think of how you could better it."
We hope to see you in Pateley Bridge in September!
Without the enthusiasm and help of local people and organisations, there wouldn't be a PBWF. Thanks are due to those ‘on the ground’ who kindly pledged their support and helped gain “Walkers are Welcome” status (http://www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk/) to local organisations such as the Pateley Bridge Town Council, Nidderdale Business Association and the Nidderdale AONB (www.nidderdaleaonb.org.uk) who were the first to see the potential of the event and provide funding towards it. As ever, there are just too many people to thank! We must of course thank all our marvellous walk leaders who do such a fantastic job guiding the walks and getting all the walkers back safe and sound. Also, A S Coaches (www.ascoaches.co.uk) who provide transport for a number of the walks. Finally, we are grateful to the local traders and national organisations who supply raffle prizes. We just could not do it without you.
The fact that Nidderdale (http://www.nidderdale.co.uk/) has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty gives you some idea of why it is such a perfect place for walkers. With beautiful diverse scenery offering both easy-going and more challenging routes and the friendly market town of Pateley Bridge at its heart, it really does offer something for everyone. Whether you decide to come for one day or four, we look forward to offering you a warm walkers welcome in September 2013!