Darley holiday cottages are surrounded by a tapestry of lush meadows and high, open moors. This pretty village lies in the heart of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in North Yorkshire, nine miles northwest of Harrogate. Scattered along the banks of the River Nidd, Darley has the atmosphere of a traditional Yorkshire community, with family-run businesses, pretty churches and a lively pub. The countryside surrounding the village is a paradise for walking, climbing, wildlife-watching and water sports.
Darley runs along an ancient route through the dale for roughly a mile and is divided into three areas from east to west: The Holme, Low Green and Darley Head. In the heart of the village, the Wellington Inn offers roaring fires, Yorkshire ales and a menu of pub classics. From your holiday cottage in Darley, a short stroll will take you out of the village, past old corn mills and railway arches and into the unspoiled countryside of Nidderdale. Look out for the Wesleyan chapel and the mills of Brightwater, Fringill and Darley
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A 15-minute drive north of Darley is Nidderdale’s only town, Pately Bridge. With its steep, narrow high street, full of independent shops and cafes, it’s well worth stopping for a wander. Don’t miss the world’s oldest sweet shop or the award-winning butchers. For a look at the history of life in the region, visit Nidderdale Museum, at the Old Workhouse on Kings Street. If your self-catering holiday in Darley is in September, check out the Nidderdale Agricultural Show, one of the country’s biggest and an opportunity to see the very best of the area’s livestock, produce and crafts. A few miles north of Darley, Coldstones Cut is a massive sculpture on a hilltop, with incredible views of the dale and the working quarry below. Nearby, Brimham Rocks is one of Yorkshire’s natural wonders, with a variety of weird and wonderful rock formations, set in beautiful woods and heather moorland.