- Route Knaresborough – House in the Rock – Chapel of Our Lady in the Crag – St Roberts Cave – Harrogate Ringway – Nidd Gorge
- Distance 14m (although we add another mile getting to and from the station at the Leeds end)
- Duration 6hrs 15m
- Getting there Train from Leeds to Knaresborough.
- Weather Cool, sunny, winter day.
Why this route?
- Up until this year our walking was done round towns and villages, looking at the architecture. Knaresborough has therefore been on the list for a while, particularly after reading Walking Englishman’s walk review. We were meeting up with family in Harrogate that evening so this seemed the perfect opportunity.
- Nidd Gorge also often comes up as a recommended walk and when better the last weekend in autumn?
- Finally, after last week’s bush-whacking, an old-fashioned mostly in-town walk appealed.
What did we learn?
- 15 miles is probably our current limit, although to be fair a lot of this was on tarmac which is harder on the joints, if easier on the muscles.
- The last few miles into Harrogate were a bit dull but then I expected that. The darkness wasn’t a problem as I had timed it to make sure we were leaving the Gorge at sunset.
So very many! Knaresborough was delightful, although I suspect that in summer it would be heaving so I’m glad we came at this time of year.
- Trompe l’oeil windows in Knaresborough
- Ravens at the Castle
- Bebra Gardens – vibrant colour at the end of the season
- The majestic viaduct
- Autumn colours on the water
- The House in the Rock – I’m a sucker for feats of engineering and craftsmanship.
- St Robert’s Cave. Very atmospheric spot.
- Sunset at Nidd Gorge – one of the fieriest sunsets I’ve ever seen. I actually thought the trees were ablaze in the distance.
- I’m not sure I’d call it a highlight, but walking the slightly decaying and pretty slippery boardwalks through Nidd Gorge was, um interesting.