the east of the Yorkshire
Dales National Park is Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty. Why Nidderdale was not included in the National Park
during it's founding in 1954 or it's expansion in 2016 is a mystery.
At the heart of Nidderdale is the small town of Pateley
halfway between Grassington and Ripon. Near the head of
Nidderdale is How Stean Gorge where a variety of activities, rock
climbing, via ferrata and caving can be enjoyed. Gouthwaite
Reservoir is located between Pateley Bridge and Ramsgill and there are
several other reservoirs nearby. Lead mining took place on
Greenhow Hill above Pateley Bridge on the road to Grassington and there
are other interesting geological features, notably Brimham Rocks.