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Pateley Bridge
Places to go
February 2024
Reading time 5 Minutes

With centuries worth of fascinating history, there's so much to discover in this charming town

Here's what not to miss when you next visit.
The Willow Restaurant The Willow Restaurant


The Pancake House’s ice creams, milkshakes and (of course) pancakes are always good and chocoholics will love Pateley Bridge’s Cocoa Joe’s outpost, an indie specialising in the making of hot and cold chocolate drinks. Olley’s Pizzeria is an authentic and friendly family restaurant with Italian food on the menu, while The Willow Restaurant serves traditional Yorkshire fare (you need to try their famous steak pie).


The Sportsman’s Arms’ menu showcases locally-sourced produce but there are also 11 unique rooms and a full English to enjoy before heading out to explore. Harefield Hall is a glorious hotel with traditional country-style bedrooms and a brilliant beer garden (perfect for summer sipping). Check out their holiday cottages too. Bewerley Hall Farm is a Grade II-listed converted farmstead which has both bed and breakfast accommodation and self-catering cottages to choose from, and River View Pateley has the choice of River View Holiday Cottage for three, and Hill View Holiday Cottage for four guests, all surrounded by stunning countryside.

The Sportsman’s Arms The Sportsman’s Arms
Cocoa Joe’s Cocoa Joe’s
Claire Baxter Claire Baxter Gallery
Harefield Hall Harefield Hall


A trip to Pateley Bridge isn’t complete without stepping inside The Oldest Sweet Shop In The World – it’s been trading since 1827 and stocks all the classics. Yorkshire Born & Bread is another great find, selling homebaked products best washed down with a cup of Yorkshire Tea. Art lovers will want to browse the Claire Baxter Gallery to see her contemporary paintings and prints (all inspired by Yorkshire) and it’s worth popping by King Street Workshops which brings together a group of talented crafters including Fiona Mazza Ceramics.


Brimham Rocks Brimham Rocks
Nidderdale Museum Nidderdale Museum

The dramatic moorland rock formations Brimham Rocks were created 100 million years before the first dinosaurs called the earth their home, which sounds like something from a fairytale but trust us it’s real, so you’ll want to pack your camera and your walking boots. Meanwhile, visitors can learn all about the area at Nidderdale Museum where there are 11 rooms packed full of artefacts and photos.

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Stump Cross Caverns Stump Cross Caverns

Around the corner...

Stump Cross Caverns offers a magical day out for all the family. It’ll take you back in time to before humans or dinosaurs were around as you navigate twisting passageways, see the unspoilt rock formations and learn about ancient mysteries. Don your hard hat, grab your torch and go exploring. After 3pm, there’s a magical UV experience where the caves are lit – perfect for Instagram.

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