Knaresborough to Harrogate, November 16

Walk details

  • 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.

Walk highlights

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.

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