Knaresborough Walk - 31st March

Posted 31/3/2019

Dearne Valley Walking Group made a trip to North Yorkshire today to the spa town of Knaresborough where nine regulars enjoyed a lovely spring day, taking in a lovely 8.18 mile walk which looped out towards the outskirts of Harrogate and back.

Setting off from the Waterside car park we walked along the riverside, passing the numerous cafes and the famous rowing boats before walking under the much photographed railway viaduct and eventually crossing the main A59 near the entrance to Mother Shipton’s Cave.

Here we took the Harrogate Ringway, also known as the Beryl Burton Cycleway, which took us slowly up hill past Bilton Hall and on to Bilton Lane. Our route then saw us bear right and gradually descend through Spring Wood to the banks of the River Nidd which we followed through the Nidd Gorge, almost as far as Scotton Mill. At this point we took a short, steep path on the left which brought us onto a bridleway to the village of Old Bilton.

As we emerged on the edge of the village in true Dearne Valley Walking Group style we made the very short diversion to the adjacent pub, the Carpenters Arms where we enjoyed an al fresco lunch time drink. This made all the more refreshing on the realisation of how cheap the bar prices were!

After being suitably refreshed we returned to our route, following the road for a short while before joining the route of another cycleway along a former railway line to Starbeck. We followed this for a short while and then ascended to a former railway overbridge and then walked eastwards, passing Longlands Farm to eventually emerge at a junction with the Knaresborough Round route.

This we followed for the remainder of our walk, passing Harrogate Golf Club and crossing the railway line before we took a left fork which crossed Gallow Hill to bring us out at Low Bridge. From here we walked back along the side of the river back to the car park.

Much of the group then made our way to The World’s End pub for a deserved post-walk drink.

Thanks to all those who attended the walk and congratulations to Russell Yapp who has passed 100 miles walked with the group this year and also to Diane Marshall who has now walked over 900 miles cumulatively with us.

Today’s attendance has also seen the group pass a milestone as these last three months have been the group’s most successful ever with 243 adult walks having taken place, beating the previous record of 240 from 2017.