Walking festival returns to Dale

The Pateley Bridge Walking Festival takes place in September (s)
The Pateley Bridge Walking Festival takes place in September (s)

Pateley Bridge’s annual walking festival is set to take place this September and organisers have announced their programme of events.

The festival will take place in the week after the Nidderdale Show, from Thursday, September 27 to Sunday, September 30.

Liz Simmonds, one of the volunteers who organise the festival said:

“We are delighted to be organising the walking festival again. Our aim has always been to encourage more people to visit and stay in Pateley Bridge and to appreciate the fantastic walking which Nidderdale offers.

“People have already started booking for this year’s walks and we are hoping 2012 will be our most successful festival yet.”

This year’s timetable of events includes “special interest” walks to give visitors and walkers a chance to learn more about Nidderdale’s industrial, social and natural history, including a “Dales Farm Walk” and “Conversation with a Gamekeeper.”

The festival will also offer the chance to try Nordic Walking, and longer hikes including the “Crackpots Mosaic Trail” at Dallowgill, and the opportunity to learn navigation skills with an experienced hill-walking guide.

New this year is a special Adventure Trail at Studfold, for the youngest family members.

Walkers looking for a more strenuous challenge can try the 15 mile ‘Pilgrim’s Way’ around Ripon Cathedral and Fountain’s Abbey, “Fancy an Ice Cream” which follows part of the new Six Dale Trail, or “Dale Edge” which explores some of the most the remote scenery in North Yorkshire.

More information is available online at www.pbwf.co.uk.