Enjoy a scenic trip to the Washburn Valley or Nidderdale
Every Sunday and Bank Holiday Nidderdale Rambler bus 821 runs from Keighley via the SHUTTLE 662 route to Bingley and Saltaire, then via Shipley and Otley to the Washburn Valley, gateway to the wonderful Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Pateley Bridge and Upper Nidderdale.
There’s no need to book in advance, tickets are available from the driver, so you can simply turn up and go!
From Otley the Nidderdale Rambler 821 climbs over Norwood Edge to the pretty village of Fewston in the Washburn Valley (heritage centre by the 18th century church), Fewston Reservoir and Blubberhouses - starting points for several wonderful lakeside, woodland and moorland walks. The Nidderdale Rambler then continues past Stone House Inn (alight for Thruscross Reservoir) to Greenhow, Coldstones Cut (viewpoint sculpture feature - free entry) before descending to Pateley Bridge.
Pateley Bridge is the perfect base to explore Upper Nidderdale. There are cafés, pubs, boutique shops, a small park and beautiful riverside walks, and the outstanding Nidderdale Museum (open Sunday afternoons). Or plan a longer hike along the Nidderdale Way or Six Dales Trail.
After a short break continue on Nidderdale Rambler 821 from Pateley Bridge for a highly scenic journey past Gouthwaite Reservoir to Ramsgill, Lofthouse and Scar House Reservoir, starting point for lakeside or moorland walks through wild and desolate countryside.
Alight at Lofthouse for 20 minutes’ walk to the spectacular How Stean Gorge – limestone gorge and waterfalls, plus Tom Taylor’s cave and café. Half price entry to gorge and cave with a valid DalesBus ticket.
Change at Otley for The Dalesman Bus 874 to Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Grassington, Kettlewell or Buckden.
Buy a Southern Dales Explorer ticket from the bus driver for a day’s travel any Sunday or Bank Holiday on any Keighley Bus Company bus and on the DalesBus network as far as Pateley Bridge, Scar House, Buckden or Malham. Adult Southern Dales Explorer Ticket: £9 Family Southern Dales Explorer Ticket: £15 (for up to 2 adults and 3 children) Dales Privilege Rover: £7.50 (available to students, holders of any valid railcard and holders of English National Concessionary passes)
Under 19s travel for just £1 per single journey (ID required by teenagers)
Concessionary bus passes for the elderly and disabled are not valid for free travel on Fountains Flyer bus 822, but are valid on all other buses mentioned above.
Single and day return fares are also available.
K-Day tickets are only valid between Keighley and Otley.
Nidderdale Rambler 821 is operated by the Keighley Bus Company as part of the DalesBus network with support from NYCC Locality Fund, Leeds City Council MICE fund, Pateley Bridge Town Council, Bewerley, Darley, Hartwith cum Winsley & Birstwith Parish Councils, Nidderdale Chamber of Trade, Reynard Crag Caravan Park, the Oldest Sweet Shop, Kendall's Farm Butchers, The Royal Oak Inn Pateley Bridge, Otley Walkers are Welcome, Holmes Planning Ltd and Fullers Foods International.
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