Interpretation plan for the Upper Nidderdale Valley, Yorkshire, UK

Upper Nidderdale AONB, North Yorkshire, UK

Commissioned by Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership to develop an interpretive systems plan for the area. Planning involved asset audit and evaluation, visitor analysis, development of LFD objectives, development of the main interpretive theme, program themes and sub themes, story boards, media and exhibit plans, conceptual designs, budgets and implementation plan for 26 sites.

Nidderdale is one of the Yorkshire Dales (although outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park) in North Yorkshire, England. It is the upper valley of the River Nidd, which flows south underground and then along the dale, forming several reservoirs including the Gouthwaite Reservoir, before turning east and eventually joining the River Ouse.

The only town in the dale is Pateley Bridge. Other settlements include Wath, Ramsgill, Lofthouse, and Middlesmoor above Pateley Bridge, and Bewerley, Glasshouses, Summerbridge, Dacre, Darley, Birstwith, Hampsthwaite and Kettlesing below Pateley.

Nidderdale was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1994. In addition to Nidderdale itself (above Hampsthwaite), the AONB includes part of lower Wharfedale, the Washburn valley and part of lower Wensleydale, including Jervaulx Abbey and the side valleys west of the River Ure.