Return ticket to Angram anyone? The coming of the railways was important for Nidderdale AONB from the mid 19th century. Initially horse drawn buses linked Pateley Bridge with the Leeds-Thirsk line at Nidd bridge, but a railway branch line to the town opened in 1862.

This rail link had a significant effect on the area, allowing increased movement of people and goods, and the beginnings of the tourist industry in the area. Later, the Nidd Valley Light Railway, from Pateley Bridge to Angram, was built to help in construction of the reservoirs in the upper dale. Both railway lines closed early in the 20th century.


Evidence of the railway lines can still be seen in Pateley Bridge if you wander along Nidd Walk at the bottom of the high street. This is where the station was and just beyond, were you will now find the Pillars Past carving, was the turntable.