Nidderdale & Washburn Walks
Date: 23rd July 2011
Distance: 3.0 miles
Ascent: 450 feet
Time: 2 hours
Start Grid Ref: SE158656
A short walk with my daughter along the Panorama Walk to Glasshouses returning via the River Nidd.
Route Summary: Pateley Bridge - Panorama Walk - Knott - Glasshouses - River Nidd - Pateley Bridge
1. Rhiannon 'flying' up the start of the Panorama Walk
2. Looking across to Cold Stones
3. Guise Cliff
4. Looking up Nidderdale from Glasshouses
5. Rhiannon enjoying a shoulder ride in Glasshouses
6. Rhiannon by the large mill pond at Glasshouses
7. The local ducks in a feeding frenzy
8. The weir just beyond the mill pond
9. Rhiannon on the riverside path
10. Rhiannon on the zip slide in the playground in Pateley
Walk Detail: I chose this short and simple walk as I felt it would be suitable for my daughter Rhiannon. She is currently at that age where she is too heavy to carry any great distance but at the same time is not quite old enough to walk too far.
The so-called Panorama Walk from Pateley Bridge to Glasshouses was very pleasant, Rhiannon amused herself early on by pretending to be an aeroplane and only towards the top of the climb did she begin to tire. At this point I made the mistake of putting her on my shoulders because once I'd given in she kept asking for another shoulder ride saying, "I love sitting on your shoulders, Daddy".
The disappointing thing about the Panorama Way was, strangely enough, the lack of a panorama. I put this down to the amount of foliage that was blocking the views from the path but even from the viewing point known as 'The Rock' all you could really see was across the dale from Guise Cliff to Cold Stones. It was a good view but I just expected to see a bit more up and down dale.
After descending down into Glasshouses we then followed the easy path along the Nidd back into Pateley. This was the section Rhiannon enjoyed the most, especially feeding the ducks in the mill pond and then having our own lunch sat above the weir.
This was not so much a walk as an extended play time and despite feeling tired towards the end Rhiannon thoroughly enjoyed herself. While I'd walked about 3 miles she had managed about half of that spending the other half on my shoulders. This was probably why she still had enough energy to spend over an hour in the playground when we got back into Pateley Bridge. I hope to spend many more days out walking with my daughter, I just need to remember to take it, quite literally, one step at a time.