This is a 20 mile circular walk around Harrogate. There's much to enjoy on this route including the RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. With lakes, woodland and a wildflower meadow it is well worth spending some time in. It's also a short stroll through the Pinewoods to the nearby Valley Gardens, another highlight of the town. The 17 acre gardens also include woodland trails, several mineral springs and historic buildings including the Sun Pavilion and colonnades.
The path also includes a lovely long stretch along the River Nidd to the delightful market town of Knaresborough. You'll pass through the Nidd Gorge, a peaceful wooded gorge wth lots of wildlife to look out for such as tawny owl, roe deer, woodpeckers and herons on the water.
Another waterside stretch along the River Crimple follows soon after Knaresborough with splendid views of the Yorkshire countryside a further attraction on this challenging walk.
This trail joins with the Knaresborough Round around the historic town of Knaresborough. You can pick up this 20 mile circular trail to further explore the countryside and villages of the area.
The route also passes close to the splendid Plumpton Rocks. It's well worth a small detour to visit this delightful hidden gem.