The quaint market town is set against a steep hillside and makes a great jumping-off point for walks. The 53-mile Nidderdale Way route starts and finishes here. It’s also home to The Oldest Sweet Shop in England which occupies an end terrace with handmade traditional sweets stored in glass jars. It’s a bit of a misnomer as it’s been trading since 1827 and is, in fact, the oldest sweet shop in the world.
The green and pleasant landStay at Nidd Hall to be in the right place for invigorating walks, pretty villages and Britain’s finest limestone scenery.
These otherworldly rock formations are older than the dinosaurs but not off limits. The site is managed by the National Trust and free to enter (parking payable). Visitors are encouraged to explore the weird and wonderful formations and climb and scramble at leisure. The views reach across the Yorkshire countryside as far as Ripon.
Stump Cross Caverns
Deep below the Yorkshire Dales, the dry caves (currently booking in advance) are riddled with passageways and reveal natural wonders like stalagmites and stalactites as well as the remains of animals that roamed the land thousands of years ago. Above ground, hilltop walks come thick and fast.
This traditional Yorkshire town sits right on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Five local walks, ranging from one to eight miles long, take in dales, the River Rye and Rievaulx Abbey. There are the remains of a 900-year-old castle here too and a birds of prey centre with daily flying demos.
Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park
Open until 1 November (currently tickets need to be purchased in advance), the park covers 45 acres, a beautiful mix of woodland, gardens, lakes and a pagoda built in Bali. More unusually, it’s dotted with more than 80 contemporary sculptures – animals, dancers and a mini Stonehenge for example – all in tune with the landscape around them.