Column: Showing pride in Pateley Bridge

Yorkshire in Bloom judges paid a visit to Pateley Bridge last week
Yorkshire in Bloom judges paid a visit to Pateley Bridge last week

I am so proud of the way Pateley Bridge is looking. So many residents and visitors are commenting on how beautiful the High Street is looking.

Pateley Bridge is resplendent with its magnificent floral displays. The judges who came to Pateley Bridge last week for the Yorkshire in Bloom competition judging I suspect were suitably impressed.

Pateley Bridge is riding high with lots of publicity about the area. A good case study is the recent BBC Radio 4 Ramblings programme where Clare Balding who presents it came to Nidderdale to walk the 53 miles Nidderdale Way. The programme was over six episodes resulting in six weeks of national radio coverage for the whole of Nidderdale. Last week I was tracked down by a family from Glasgow - no don’t worry they only wanted a badge to say they have completed the Nidderdale Way. The family were Professor Richard Hartley from Glasgow University his wife Lucy and their daughter Amy who is 12 years old. Mrs Hartley having listened to the Clare Balding radio programme decided with her family to spend five days walking and enjoying Nidderdale. Having noted that Claire Balding had commented that the view from Middlesmoor church was most probably the best view from any church in the world the obvious first place to stay was Middlesmoor. The family booked and stayed at the Crown Pub Middlesmoor also enjoying a meal there. They also visited the Crown Pub at Lofthouse for a meal and the Crown Public House on Pateley Bridge High Street. The family also stayed at the Willow and Lyndale Guesthouses in Pateley Bridge. Lyn Dale Guest House has just been rated for its customer service excellence with people voting 9.9/10 resulting in it being in the top 3% of places with such a rating in the whole world. The Hartley family also went for a meal at Olley’s restaurant remembering that Clare had commented she had been for a lovely meal there on her arrival in Pateley Bridge. They spent a day walking with llamas and following our chat, they went to Just Delicious to enjoy sandwiches, scones and the delights that Donna freshly prepares each day. The Hartley family told me they had thoroughly enjoyed their stay in Nidderdale which just goes to show the result of a radio program bringing benefits to the businesses and community of the area. Pateley Bridge is well and truly on the radar for so many good reasons. Visit England with over quarter of a million followers posted on their website about how fantastic Pateley Bridge High Street looks with its bunting. The July edition of Yorkshire Living quoted “this small village High Street packs a real punch with its great community spirit. It’s quintessentially British you will regularly see Union Jack bunting hanging overhead and it has lots of lovely courtyards to explore.” Such fantastic recognition and accolades no wonder businesses are reporting increased amounts of visitors.

Even the government have recognised that Pateley Bridge is doing something right and recently I was asked to contribute to an e-book to help all the towns and cities in their plights with High Streets to help with regeneration. Simple cost-effective things can be put in place which give a High Street that lived in look and that is certainly the case in Pateley Bridge. Pateley Bridge is now a place to intrigue people as to what is taking place with all the activity resulting in them stopping and exploring and finding the delights of the High Street and surrounding courtyards. No longer somewhere which people drive through to the next village or town but a destination.