The green and pleasant land

Stay at Nidd Hall to be in the right place for invigorating walks, pretty villages and Britain’s finest limestone scenery.

Pateley Bridge, 25-minute drive from Nidd Hall Hotel

Pateley Bridge

25-minute drive from Nidd Hall

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.

Brimham Rocks, 18-minute drive from Nidd Hall Hotel

Brimham Rocks

18-minute drive from Nidd Hall

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, 30-minute drive from Nidd Hall Hotel

Stump Cross Caverns

30-minute drive from Nidd Hall

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.

Helmsley, 50-minute drive from Nidd Hall Hotel

Helmsley

50-minute drive from Nidd Hall

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 Gardens & Sculpture Park in North Yorkshire.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

35-minute drive from Nidd Hall

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.

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