In The Area: Harrogate’s Stray

Feb 27, 2018

A link between two Harrogates was established in the late 18th century. Dubbed The Stray, 200 acres of public parkland was set aside to ensure that the areas many visitors would always be able to travel to the restorative spa wells. And Harrogate’s Stray is still very popular today.

Well-kept lawns and charming flower belts, the gardens of Harrogate’s contiguous parkland are one of the town’s most recognisable landmarks.

The Stray is a green jewel in Harrogate’s crown and contributes to the picturesque setting of this Yorkshire town.

The large parkland forms a rough u-shape, looping around the town centre, and linking the former hamlets of High and Low Harrogate.


It has seen many uses over the years, from local allotments and farmland to the former host site for the Great Yorkshire Show.

Nowadays, The Stray is a vibrant blanket of colour. Expansive green lawns give way to row upon row of purple crocuses and bright-yellow daffodils.

A popular spot for walkers and wanderers, The Stray is best enjoyed in the summer months – though be sure to get there early to snag a picnic spot!

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