Pateley Bridge, situated on the banks of the River Nidd, is built on a steep hillside. It has only one important street, aptly named High Street, as it rises from the bridge across the Nidd.
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Leave Pateley Bridge car park on the B6265 towards Grassington. Take the first turn right at the garage, signed to Ramsgill, Lofthouse and Middlesmoor, along a twisty road.
After about one mile, turn right over a packhorse bridge signed to Wath. Ride through the village and a little further along past some houses, then go uphill. As you almost reach the top, turn approaching a house, turn immediately left up a steep, narrow road.
Beware of drainage channels across the road here until you reach the top of the hill. They are very deep, you might have to dismount and walk over them.
It is quite a climb now, but eventually the road flattens and improves by losing its drainage channels, giving grand views all round. At the T-junction, turn left and look out for cattle grids as you enjoy the ride over open moorland. At the next T-junction, turn left, again signed to Laverton and Kirkby Malzeard to negotiate severe double bends and hills.
After a couple of miles on a straight road over Dallow Moor, turn right signed to Skelding and Grantley. This narrow road is long and straight, but beware of the approaching double bends.
Continue along, still following signs for Grantley on another long but undulating straight road ending in a T-junction.
Turn right now signed to Grantley and Risplith, passing through Grantley village with the Grantley Arms offering refreshment before continuing along following signs for Sawley and Risplith. Watch-out for double bends and eventually a steep descent.
At the main road, the B6265, go right signed to Pateley Bridge, then almost immediately left onto a narrow road signed to Sawley.
Not far to Sawley and the Sawley Arms, then to a T-junction to turn right signed to Ripley, Knaresborough and Harrogate.
Take care on this twisty narrow road and watch-out for a steep descent along the way, before looking for a right turn to Warsill and Brimham Rocks.
A twisty, hilly narrow road now but soon you will recognise the familiar shape of Brimham Rocks on the left. At the T-junction, turn left signed to Brimham Rocks and Summerbridge.
Take care on this narrow twisty road, but make sure you enjoy the views of the rocks all around you.
The car park is on the right. Pass the rocks, continuing along to a crossroad. Turn right here signed to Smelthouses and Pateley Bridge. Beware of very steep hills on this twisty road and eventually turn right at the T-junction signed to Pateley Bridge.
This road can be quite busy at times but it isn’t far before you start the descent into Pateley Bridge for some well-earned refreshments.