Walk 7- From Pateley Bridge to Lofthouse - 7m - 3.5 hours. A fairly easy and mostly level linear walk following the former trackbed of the long vanished Nidd Valley Light Railway and then alongside Gowthwaite Reservoir to Lofthouse - Suitable for families - Only possible when the Sunday Nidderdale Rambler DalesBus 821 is running unless undertaken as two circular walks. Be sure to check bus running times. Return to Nidderdale Walks
Starting from the High Street in Pateley Bridge first of all take a moment to look at the former North Eastern Railway station building. Where the road alongside the river now exists were sidings and indeed a level crossing across the High Street to reach the Nidd Valley Light Railway which had its own passenger station approximately 1/4 mile distant through the back streets. Now retrace steps, crossing the High Street and near the end of the river bridge take a path signposted Nidderdale way which leads off along the eastern bank of the River Nidd passing the backs of new houses. After a short way the path passes the edge of a construction yard where the terminal of the light railway ran. The station, whilst still there is difficult to see due to various obstructions. The path continues along the riverbank now with the old trackbed discernible in the grass. The engine sheds were located in a field to the right some distance along the line. The path either uses the trackbed or slightly to one side. A retaining wall, one of very few structures will be seen. The path follows the trackbed and skirts Wath station now a private residence.
Cross the stream and minor road to regain the path on the other side now to the left of the track. The path now climbs at probably the steepest section of the passenger line to reach Gowthwaite Dam. The path veres off slightly uphill to the right as the railway line continues on the level. On reaching a track at the top of the hill turn left to follow the track back down to the edge of the reservoir. Continue along the track to Coville Grange and then on to a metalled farm access road all the time with the trackbed visible on the left. The path now reaches the hamlet of Bowthwaite. To see Ramsgill Station (now a private residence) turn left to walk a few yards down towards Ramsgill and the station is on the left at the former level crossing. Notice the remains of the steel in the overbridge to a small stream.
Retrace steps to Bowthwaite and turn left to Grange Farm. Follow the paths to Longside House passing just below a wooded area and over a number of stiles. Just as the wooded area ends the path descends the hill side at Sikes Brow to meet the road. This is the site of the former level crossing. Cross the road to the footpath on the other side now following the trackbed for a short while. However before the end of the second field the path veres right to rejoin the road. Bear left along the road and just before Lofthouse turn right along a path leading into the centre of the village.
Facilities in the village include an ice cream kiosk at a Farm on the Masham Road and the Crown Hotel. Walking down through the village to the main road the former Lofthouse Station is set almost on the T junction complete with platform. The line would have continued along the road and over the River Nidd to reach Scar House. The bus leaves from opposite the old station. See also Nidd Valley Light Railway Back to top
Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should consult the relevant OS map.
This page was last updated on 17-May-2020
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