Welcome to Nidderdale Area of Outstanding
With its dramatic landscape of
contrasts, Nidderdale AONB is a wonderful place to explore!
Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, in North
Yorkshire, Nidderdale AONB is one of 46 AONBs in the UK.
Between them they cover 18% of the UK’s finest countryside
and are special places, worthy of protection.
Its central feature is the long, majestic dale of the River
Nidd that runs from the wild fells around Great Whernside,
south and east towards the Vale of York. The western side is
occupied by a remote and wild gritstone landscape, with vast
swathes of heather moorland that is internationally
important for wildlife and home to some of the most famous
grouse shoots in the country. To the east is a much softer,
pastoral landscape with rolling farmland, traditional
meadows rich in wildlife, sheltered river valleys, beautiful
reservoirs, and picturesque stone built villages, scattered
with historic parks and gardens such as Hackfall and
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal World Heritage Site.
Nidderdale AONB is a working landscape that has been shaped
by centuries of human activity. The valley has been moulded
by a rich land use history that embraces agriculture,
mining, quarrying, textiles and water provision, and as a
result it has an extremely rich and complex historic
environment with a wealth of medieval landscape features.
The varied landscape has created diverse habitats, which
support a wide range of flora and fauna of national and
Covering an area of 233 square miles (603 km2), Nidderdale
AONB shares its western boundary with the Yorkshire Dales
National Park whilst its southern boundary follows the
course of the River Wharfe through the towns of Ilkley and
Otley. To the north and east of the AONB are the towns of
Masham and Harrogate, and the city of Ripon.
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