The 2023 event date is now Sunday the 14th May.


    NEW FOR 2023 - T-SHIRTS!

    ONLY £10 each.




  • We now have a new Patron -

    Up & Running


    See the Patrons page for the discounts that Up & Running are offering to entrants.

    And the prizes they are giving to randomly selected entrants for each distance.

    You could win a voucher for a pair of shoes or a voucher for £30 at


    Up & Running.

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    We have had a few questions about 'supporting charities'. You may support whichever charity you wish, or none at all. When you register, if you are supporting a charity, enter the name of your charity when asked.

    The 22 charities mentioned here are actively promoting this event to their supporters but that does not restrict the charities that you can support.



    A big 'Thank You' to all those who took part in 2022. £26,000 was raised for your charities.


    Supporters have now raised over £946,000 for their charities over 28 years.

    Will we reach £1,000,000 with your sponsorship?


    See our FaceBook page /NidderdaleWalk.

  • Nidderdale Charity Walk & Run

    Sunday 14th May 2023

    2023 will be the 29th anniversary of the highly successful and popular Nidderdale charity event organised by the Rotary Club of Harrogate. Again, Pateley Bridge is our starting point with the routes taking participants into upper Nidderdale.


    The sole purpose of this Rotary event is to provide you with well organised, way marked walks with checkpoints along the way to enable you to raise money for your own charities. We do the preparation….you raise sponsorship and walk (or run)!


    To date, over £946,000 has been raised by participants for their own charities, which is an amazing achievement. The entry fees paid will be used to cover our costs and the excess will go to local charities supported by the Rotary Club of Harrogate.


    There will be five routes - of approximately four, eight, fifteen, twenty two and twenty six miles. The routes all start from Pateley Bridge Scout Hall and head up Nidderdale towards, and for many beyond, Lofthouse.


    Registration to take part in the event can be made on line with payment via debit / credit card or via PayPal.


    The event will be open to runners and walkers who may complete whichever length route they wish. Numbers are not limited. Further information and a registration form can be found below.


    We wish to thank our patrons for their support and, of course, would welcome further patrons for this excellent and established event. (If you are interested in being a patron, please contact us using the contact form below.)

  • New for 2023 - T-Shirts

    Sunday 14th May 2023

    We have introduced our T-Shirt for 2023. They are available to buy when you book your entries below. There are four sizes (Small, Medium, Large and Very Large) so all will be catered for. They are all priced at £10 which is just a little above cost price - the extra will go in our charity fund.


  • Supporting Local Charities

    These local charities will be encouraging their supporters to enter the event.

    Those that have 10 or more adult supporters in the event will receive an extra donation from us.


    Click the pic to visit their website for more information.

  • The Routes for 2023

    There are five routes - choose which is best for you. All routes will be fully signposted.

    4 Mile Route


    This route is ideal for family walkers (but not for pushchairs). The route goes up the Nidderdale valley and around the hamlet of Wath.

    From the Pateley Bridge Scout Hall, the route follows the Nidderdale Way and in two miles the hamlet of Wath is passed. Shortly after passing the dam, you walk up a slope to join a bridleway. Turn right onto this bridleway (east) which leads slightly uphill and back down through Wath to the bridge, passing the hotel on the way. Immediately before the bridge, turn left on to the Nidderdale way and follow it back into Pateley Bridge.

    Please note dogs are not allowed on the Route.

    8 Mile Route


    This route follows the 4 mile route but continues along the valley as far as Bouthwaite & Ramsgill. There will be a checkpoint with drinks and biscuits at Bouthwaite.

    Please note that dogs are not allowed on this walk.

    15 Mile Route

    Ramsgill and Lofthouse

    If you want a medium distance route then this is the route for you.

    From Pateley Bridge, the route takes the same path as the 4 and 8 mile routes via Wath and Gouthwaite reservoir to the village of Bouthwaite. Turn left to Ramsgill. Cross the river and follow the Nidderdale Way to Lofthouse where there will be a checkpoint at the Village Hall. There will be drinks and biscuits here. Return on the east side of the river through Wath as per the 4 mile route to the finish at Pateley Bridge.

    Please note dogs are not allowed on the Route.

    22 and 26 Mile Routes

    Scar House Reservoir

    If you want a long distance, challenging route then these are the routes for you.

    From Pateley Bridge, the walk takes the same path as the 15 mile walk via Wath, Bouthwaite, Ramsgill and Lofthouse where there will be a checkpoint at the Village Hall. There will be drinks and biscuits here. From the checkpoint, walk up the hill out of the village and turn left following the clearly marked path and walk on the right side of the valley up past Thwaite House and Summerstone Lodge. Continue to the Scar House reservoir dam (checkpoint and water) where the 22 milers cross the dam whilst the 26 milers walk around the reservoir. Return over In Moor to Middlesmoor and re-enter Lofthouse. After calling at the checkpoint, continue on the east side of the valley to Bouthwaite and Wath as per the 4 mile route to the finish at Pateley Bridge.

    Please note dogs are not allowed on the Route.

  • Event Documents for Walkers and Runners

    All those taking part in the event must download the following documents.

    • Terms & Conditions - Please read so that you fully understand the terms & conditions in relation to the event.
    • Information - Provides essential information.
    • The Registration / Contact Form - Please complete and sign this form and bring it with you on the day of the Event.

  • Maps

    If you want to carry a map on the day, please print out your own copy. We do not provide them.


    Refreshments are currently under review.

    This was the situation in 2022 and we are looking to improve refreshments for 2023.


    The refreshment points (not shown on the maps) are:

    4 miles from start and from end at Bouthwaite (cold drinks)

    7.5 miles from start and from end at Lofthouse (hot and cold drinks)

    11 miles from start at Scar House dam (water)

    Finish at Pateley Bridge scout Hall (cold drinks)


    If you would like a copy of the Maps and a more detailed description of the routes,

    please click on the appropriate button.

    Then click on 'Open Source Maps' to see the route in more detail.

    These maps will open under a new tab.

  • Entry Fees

    Secure payment can be made on-line by going to the Payment page below

    Charities with 10 or more supporters entering will receive a donation of 50% of their supporter's entry fees, paid directly to the charity.


    All Runners pay £10.


    Walkers pay according to the distance.


    8, 15, 22 and 26 MILE ROUTES:

    • Adult:                        £10.00
    • Child 6-15 years      £4.00
    • Child under 6           Free
    • Family: (2 Adults with 1 or more children or 1 Adult with 3 or more children): £20.00  (Must be members of the same family)


    • Adult:                        £5.00
    • Child 6-15 years      £2.00
    • Child under 6           Free
    • Family: (2 Adults with 1 or more children or 1 Adult with 3 or more children): £10.00  (Must be members of the same family.)

    Please note :

    If you do not wish to pay on-line, payment may be made on the day of the walk (in cash or by credit card) but please complete and email the registration form in the 'Event Documents 2023' above so that we know who will be taking part.

  • Payment on Line

    You can buy entries for Walkers, Runners and T-Shirts below. For each category, click on Select and choose the appropriate option, entering the number required. Repeat as needed.  To view the contents of your Basket, click on the Basket symbol at the top of the screen.  Enter your contact details and name of your charity and click 'Continue' to proceed to payment screen.



    Payment is made via PayPal - the secure on-line payment system. Don't worry if you do not have a PayPal account as you can still make a secure payment via PayPal using your debit or credit card.

    When you get to the 'Login To PayPal' screen, notice the 'Check out as Guest' option at the bottom. This is usually the preferred option and lets you pay by Credit/Debit card. You may be asked to enter your email address.
    Some charities will ask us for the email addresses of their supporters so that the charity can send them support packs. This is the only information that we will pass on.
  • Contact Us

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by completing the enquiry form below.

    Rotary Club of Harrogate
    Ascot House Hotel, Kings Road,
    Harrogate. HG1 5HJ
    Brian on 07808 094707
  • Patrons

    We would like to express our grateful thanks to our patrons for their support.

    (Clicking on the photos will take you to the individual Patron's website)

    Up & Running

    16 Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1UE


    Call in to Up & Running for a free gait analysis and shoe fitting with one of our knowledgeable team.

    Whether running, walking or heading to the gym, reach your goals with the right support and cushioning.  

    As part of our award-winning customer service, we also offer free advice in store with ideas on clothing, kit essentials and training.


    We are offering all walkers and runners of the Nidderdale Walk 2023 10% off in-store*. All you need to do is show our team your booking confirmation email.


    *Terms and Conditions apply. 10% off full-priced items only. Excludes electronics. Valid until 14th May 2023.



    Up & Running are also offering prizes randomly awarded to those who enter online and take part on the day. Runners and walkers will be eligible. One entrant in each of these categories will be awarded the given prize :-


    26 or 22 milers - a voucher for a pair of shoes

    15 milers - a voucher for £30

    8 milers - a voucher for £30


    c/o Ascot House Hotel, Kings Road, Harrogate. HG1 5HJ

    The Rotary Club of Harrogate is one of the longest established in the United Kingdom with a record of over one hundred years of continuous service to the town of Harrogate and the wider community, during which it has sponsored four other Rotary Clubs. It is especially noted for its contribution to the environmental movement in Rotary International. Amongst its many current enterprises is the provision and management of twenty-seven units of accommodation for people of fifty-five and over with limited means (Harrogate Flower Fund Homes) and the organisation of the Nidderdale Charity Walk which has raised over £946,000 for local charities.

    Visiting Rotarians are welcome to attend club meetings, which are held on Monday evenings (5.30pm for 6.00pm) at Ascot House Hotel, Kings Road, Harrogate. HG1 5HJ Telephone 01423 567344

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  • Raising Sponsorship

    Tips for Raising Sponsorship


    The whole rationale for the Nidderdale Walks is to provide a vehicle to enable enthusiastic walkers to raise sponsorship monies for their favourite charities. Whist we appreciate that fundraising is a challenge in itself, it can be fun and very rewarding if you plan it right. Before you start, think about...

    • How much can you raise?
    • Set yourself a realistic fundraising target.
    • Your sponsors will be impressed by your determination and more likely to reward your efforts.
    • Will your charity give you support?
    • Who will sponsor you?
    • Think about all the people you know and split them into groups. For example: Family – immediate and wider, their friends.
    • Friends – from school, university, clubs, other organisations, online social networks.
    • Work – current and former colleagues, customers, suppliers.
    • Community – pub, church, local shops.

    Then think about how likely all these people are to sponsor you, and how much they might donate – you’ll soon see if your sponsorship target is achievable.

    Why don’t you...use your friends as promoters to fundraise on your behalf?


    Fundraising Online

    Online fundraising is fast, easy, and safe. It lets you promote your challenge, contact all your supporters in one go, and raise funds securely. There are a number of online fundraising sites but perhaps the best known is www.justgiving.com



    Promoting your challenge is key to maximising your fundraising efforts. You need to decide who you want to tell, what you want to tell them, and how.

    Think about the use of social media – Facebook, Twitter etc. Keep people interested in what you’re doing. What you are planning. How training is going. Let them see that you’re working hard and towards a goal, and keep it fun and friendly.


    AND FINALLY ----- Good luck