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Nidderdale & Washburn Walks

Panorama Walk

Date: 6th October 2013
Distance: 3.0 miles
Ascent: 450 feet
Time: 2 hours 30 mins
With: Lisa and Rhiannon
Start Grid Ref: SE158656

Walk Summary:
A short walk with my wife and daughter along the Panorama Walk from Pateley Bridge to Glasshouses returning via the River Nidd.

Route Summary: Pateley Bridge - Panorama Walk - Knott - Glasshouses - River Nidd - Pateley Bridge

Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.

The view of Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale from the cemetery of St Mary's Church
The roofless St Mary's Church in Pateley Bridge
The view across the valley toward the twin pillars of Yorke's Folly
The wooded slopes of Guise Cliff
The large mill pond at Glasshouses
Rhiannon feeding the ducks
Autumn leaves
The River Nidd
Rhiannon on the path alongside the Nidd
There was plenty of Himalayan Balsam alongside the path as we neared Pateley Bridge

Walk Detail: This short walk from Pateley Bridge was one that I'd first done with Rhiannon just over two years before. This time we had Lisa along as well for what proved to be a nice little family outing.

On our previous visit I'd had to give Rhiannon a couple of shoulder rides when she was flagging. This time, not only did she manage the whole walk herself but, quite rarely for her, she did it without complaining once that she was tired.

The walk starts with a steep climb along a flagged way between houses up to the now roofless St Mary's Church. The cemetary is worth visiting for the excellent views up dale across the rooftops of Pateley Bridge. The view from the cemetary is actually more panoramic than most of the views from the so-called 'Panorama Way' largely because of the treeline encroaching on the right hand side of the path overlooking Nidderdale.

Despite this there are still some views to be had and it is a pleasant walk. Equally enjoyable is the riverside walk back to Pateley Bridge from Glasshouses. Before this though we had to stop for the obligatory feeding of the ducks at the small lake at Glasshouses where we also had our picnic. All in all this was a hugely enjoyable family walk. I may not have succeeded in getting Rhiannon up any proper hills yet but if she can enjoy walks like this then that is good enough for me.

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