Nidderdale is one of the Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England. It is the upper valley of the River Nidd, which flows south through the dale, forming several reservoirs including the Gouthwaite Reservoir, before turning east and eventually joining the River Ouse.
Ashfield House is situated in Pateley Bridge, the only town in the dale. Originally settled as a lead mining village, it takes its name from ‘Pate’ – an old Yorkshire dialect word for ‘Badger’. It has the oldest sweet shop in Britain and is the home of the Nidderdale Museum.
The last Dales agricultural show of the year, the Nidderdale Show, is held annually on the showground by the River Nidd. The show attracts over 14000 visitors each year.
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Nidderdale was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1994. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an area of countryside considered to have significant landscape value in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, that has been specially designated by Natural England on behalf of the government.