Great Walking Routes Near Harrogate

Jan 5, 2018

The spa town of Harrogate sits on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. As such, the surrounding area is perfect for getting out and stretching the legs. Here are a few of our favourite walking routes near Harrogate:

RHS Harlow Carr

Harlow Carr’s gardens sit on the outskirts of the historic spa town, marking the passage of the sweeping Yorkshire Dales.

Saunter through the rolling wild meadows, meander along the paths lined by winter plants, and be inspired by the Kitchen Gardens.

The horticultural gardens are beautiful all year round, and attract near 250,000 visitors a year.

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Nidderdale Way

Okay, so at 53 miles this isn’t one for a Sunday stroll, but the route is peppered with landmarks and locations perfect for a mini-version of this four-day course.

Beginning in nearby Pateley Bridge, the path crosses rolling heathland and finishes in the heart of the expansive Yorkshire Dales.

The Way has something for everyone and all levels of ability. From spotting rare birds at Gouthwaite Reservoir to the rock formations at Brimham.

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Washburn Valley

If you want an escape from the rush of life in the nearby cities, then Washburn Valley is the place for you.

There’s not a road in sight, and as such Washburn is a peaceful, easy wander through Yorkshire’s wonderful countryside. 

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Pateley Bridge & Brimham Rocks

This one starts at the quiet town of Pateley Bridge, home to the oldest sweet shop in the nation.

From there, it’s a moderate nine-mile roundtrip along the banks of the River Nidd. Passing through the undulating peaks of the Yorkshire Dales, the walk takes in the impressive Brimham Rocks.

The towering formations stand as tall as 30ft and are the result of erosion by the elements over hundreds of years.

Otley Chevin

A little way out of Harrogate, near the market town of Otley, is a woodland ridge known as The Chevin.

Popular with the bouldering and climbing crowd, you don’t have to throw yourself up a rock wall to enjoy this hike.

The route follows an ancient Roman road that once crossed this peak on the way to York, and at its highest point, you’ll experience incredible views of the surrounding highlands. 

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Abbey Road to Knaresborough Castle

This one is an easy three-mile saunter for those of you looking for a quick trip. The trail runs through the picturesque town of Knaresborough, past some impressive wood carvings and a chapel built into the rocks that surround it.

Further along, you’ll cross over the trickling River Nidd and arrive at the ruins of the Norman Castle.

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Ilkley Moor

A short drive south-westwards and you’ll arrive at the ultra-trendy town of Ilkley. Walking over the heathland here offers some of the best views in Yorkshire.

The route passes an abundance of carved rocks, including the mysterious Twelve Apostles and the Neolithic Swastika Stone engravings.

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