These beautiful 30 acre gardens in Harrogate are a splendid place for an afternoon stroll. The area is geologically significant with a series of Millstone Grit rock formations overlooking a tranquil lake. There's also woodland trails with bluebells and rhododendrons. You can follow narrow paths through the dramatic rocks before a short climb to a lovely viewpoint overlooking the lake.
The site has an interesting history dating back to the 18th century when the gardens were originally created. The artist J.M.W. Turner painted two oil paintings of the area called 'Plompton Rocks' after his first visit to Yorkshire in 1797.
If you would like to extend your walk you could pick up the Harrogate Ringway which runs just to the west of the site. You can follow it through the Crimple Valley or towards Knaresborough.
Also of interest is the Harlow Carr to Valley Gardens walk. This route visits two beautiful gardens which are situated only a mile apart in the town centre.
PostcodeHG5 8NA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Unfortunately there's no cafe at the site so it's a nice idea to bring your own picnic. If you fancy a pub lunch then The Kestrel is located just to the west of the park. They serve high quality food and have a beautiful garden area if the weather is good. You can find them on Wetherby Road with a postcode of HG5 8LY for your sat navs.
The gardens are a pleasant place for a dog walk, though you are advised to keep them on leads. The Kestrel pub mentioned above is also dog friendly in the bar area.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a couple of miles north and you can pick up the Knaresborough River Walk. Here you can enjoy a stroll along the River Nidd and visit the historic 12th century Knaresborough Castle.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nidderdale Walks page.