Pateley’s irresistible charm and beauty is being showcased to the nation once again, following a very special visit from broadcaster Clare Balding OBE.
To add to an already phenomenal year for the town, the latest edition of Clare’s long-running BBC Radio 4 series Ramblings has shared just how much she enjoyed staying in Pateley to walk the Nidderdale Way only last month.
After being crowned winner of the Great British High Street competition, local businesses, residents and community groups in Pateley Bridge have relished the opportunity to proudly show Clare and Radio 4 listeners just how much the town has to offer.
Staying overnight in Pateley’s Talbot Hotel and dining at Olleys restaurant, Clare enjoyed a Michelin-starred packed lunch for the walk, prepared by the Yorke Arms and packed with local Dales produce.
Frances Atkins, chef and co-owner of the Yorke Arms, and Stephen Spellman, who works at Sypeland Outdoors, welcomed Clare Balding with Keith Tordoff, Chairman of Nidderdale’s Chamber of Trade.
Frances said: “I think Clare was able to drink in the atmosphere in Pateley. She was very interested in the history of the area which we were able to tell her a lot about.
“Pateley is blossoming, it is becoming a super place to visit, with all of the great local food shops and produce, and we have got beautiful surrounding countryside and scenery.
“We deserve to be showcased nationally, there aren’t many towns around with such character as Pateley Bridge, we have got a lot to offer, Yorkshire people are very welcoming and there is something for everybody.
“Clare was suitably impressed, and hopefully she will return to Pateley to enjoy our town privately.”
The first of Clare Balding’s programmes about the Nidderdale Way was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 3pm yesterday, Thursday, featuring the walk from Pateley Bridge to Scar House Reservoir.