Glasshouses is part of the Yorkshire Dales, a region of majestic, sweeping moorland and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Glasshouses has its own beautiful features, such as Glasshouses Dam, which was created along the River Nidd to supply water for the mill and is a tranquil habitat for an abundance of natural wildlife such as birds and otters. A footpath runs alongside the dam and much of the river bank, ideal for leisurely walks.
Glasshouses is also very close to the Nidderdale Way, centred on the neighbouring town of Pateley Bridge and offering keen walkers and cyclists 53 miles of natural beauty to admire.
Living in the Glasshouses village, you’ll find all that you need for a tranquil, country-based way of life. It has all a village should have: a pub, village hall, cricket club, church and primary school. There are strong community bonds too; residents gather on the village green for events such as the May Day celebration, Last Night of the Proms party and Christmas Carol singing.
For those who love outdoor life and exhilarating rural scenery, this is a truly inspiring location. If you enjoy hiking, biking and horse riding, there are countless paths to follow, including The Nidderdale Way and Six Dales Trail, both of which pass close to Glasshouses.
Nature is wet as well as wild at Gouthwaite Reservoir, a nature reserve which attracts a wide range of wetland birds. Its gently sloping banks are perfect for leisurely walks or bike rides, with the opportunity to do a little bird-watching as you go.
Brimham Rocks is a more dramatic proposition: a collection of stone outcrops carved by millions of years of rain and wind into surreal shapes. It’s spectacular, whether you want to climb the rocks or just stare at them in amazement. How Stean Gorge is another feature that’s been shaped by the elements into a deep ravine where you can try gorge walking, caving and abseiling. If all of this sounds a little extreme, the evocative beauty of Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey is a more tranquil alternative.
Just along the road from Glasshouses is Pateley Bridge, a market town which was voted ‘Best Place To Live’ by the Sunday Times in 2017 and 2018.
Pateley Bridge is a fantastic place to get fresh local produce each and every day, within one mile of Glasshouses Mill. It is characterised by its steep high street of stone houses and shops, and a central green with a traditional bandstand.
Local businesses include two award winning traditional butchers, cosy pubs and cafés, and for those with a sweet tooth, the officially recognised World’s Oldest Sweet Shop, established in 1827. Local history buffs will like Nidderdale Museum, where evocative recreations of bygone times are displayed.
Pateley Bridge has a strong arts and crafts reputation, with many small workshops producing covetable glass, sculpture and jewellery. It’s also the location for Nidderdale Agricultural Show, one of the main events of late summer, often attracting crowds of 20,000 people.
This is exhilarating riding country, and there are numerous equestrian centres which cater for all levels of horsemanship, from a gentle weekend hack to competitive jumping and dressage. One riding school close to Glasshouses is Bewerley Riding Centre in Pateley Bridge.