Exploring the 24
Travel with us from stylish Harrogate through the rugged Dales countryside to the idyllic market town of Pateley Bridge, the capital of Nidderdale
Our journey begins in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, famous for its lovely gardens and The Stray, a green oasis at its heart. There’s stylish shops and eateries to discover, including in the historic Montpellier Quarter, and no visit would be complete without taking tea at Betty’s on Parliament Street, where afternoon treats have been served for over a century since it began life as Taylor’s Café Imperial.
We leave Harrogate and arrive at Killinghall: follow the Nidderdale Greenway path along the former railway line from here to Ripley Castle. The Grade I listed 14th century house and gardens are open all year and make a great family day out – don’t miss the Deer Park with plenty of wildlife for young explorers to discover.
A few minutes on and we turn to the right and head for the thriving rural community of Hampsthwaite: the village centre is designated as a conservation area, with a Grade II listed Church and a pub, the Joiners’ Arms. We then make a short detour to serve Birstwith, a starting point for several scenic walks through the Nidderdale countryside.
Our journey follows the course of the River Nidd to Darley, a village which stretches for almost a mile along its main street. Look out for its two village greens – Low Green and Stocks Green – while younger explorers will love Darley’s Who-Dun-It Trail, a circular walk from the playing fields to the riverbank and back to find Lily Bo-Peep’s lost sheep! Download a free guide at the community website and get searching …
Back on the bus, we’re now into the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a landscape rich in contrasts and filled with wildlife. Relax and enjoy amazing scenery in all directions as we travel through the twin hamlets of Dacre and Dacre Banks to Summerbridge, our nearest stop for the breathtaking Brimham Rocks. If you’ve never been, prepare to be amazed by over 400 acres of natural rock formations of all shapes and sizes, created over 100 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the earth. Brimham Rocks is a pleasant 1.5 mile walk from our Summerbridge stop, and here’s a bonus – if you go by bus, admission for the whole family is free!
Our 24 bus travels on to the village of Wilsill: nearby is a unique family attraction, Nidderdale Llama Trekking at Kiln Farm. Booking is a must to enjoy a half or full day llama or alpaca trek, with special routes for younger and older visitors, including those with a range of disabilities: full details are online at: nidderdalellamas.org.
One last climb awaits our bus as we enter our final destination, Pateley Bridge: look out on your left for stunning views across the Nidderdale valley as we enter the town, then travel down its attractive High Street to reach our terminus by the library and information centre on King Street. Pateley Bridge’s unique and award-winning shops are bursting with locally-produced food and drink, fashions, antiques, gifts and more – and enjoy a warm Yorkshire welcome in the town’s many cafes, pubs and tea rooms.
Explore the tiny courtyards and ginnels leading from the High Street to find curiosities and gems, with new uses for historic buildings, including a former workhouse which is now home to the Nidderdale Museum of local and social history, and an old Methodist chapel which is now the town’s Playhouse Theatre. Or head for the River Nidd at the bottom of the High Street, starting point for great riverside walks where kingfishers, dippers and otters can be seen.
Leave the driving to us and enjoy an amazing family day out in beautiful Nidderdale on our 24 route – our buses run seven days a week.
Many popular attractions offer money off admission fee or your bill with your bus ticket as part of our #TransdevTreats programme. Check here for our up-to-date list of our partners. Ask your driver to print you a Transdev Treats voucher and just show them at the destination to get your discount.