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|Knaresborough, Nidd Gorge and Old Bilton|
|Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 27 Aug 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Knaresborough|
|A 6.5 mile circular walk from Knaresborough, close to Harrogate in North Yorkshire. If your dog deserves an energetic romp – mostly off-lead, with some climbs and the added bonus of the opportunity of a swim in the quieter parts of the River Nidd, why not consider this walk? The Nidd Gorge is stunning and a magnet for walkers, while the pretty market town of Knaresborough has many dog-friendly places to pop in to for refreshments when you have finished. |
The route is mostly on grassy paths, tarmac lanes and cycle tracks but also includes some steep descents and climbs by the river, which may be very boggy and muddy after wet weather. You will need to negotiate several flights of steps and several stiles (all of which have gaps alongside that most dogs should fit through). There are public toilets at the car park in Knaresborough. Allow 3 hours.
The walk starts from the Conyngham Hall pay and display car park in Knaresborough. From the A59 Harrogate to York road, turn into the Conyngham Hall pay and display car park by the bridge over the River Nidd (opposite the Worlds End pub). Approximate post code HG5 9AX. By train – Knaresborough rail station is just 5 minutes’ walk away, along Water Bag Bank and Waterside. By bus – Harrogate and District buses operated by Transdev serve Knaresborough.
|Start to Bilton Hall Drive|
Start point: 54.0097 lat, -1.4759 long
Turn right out of the car park and cross the bridge over the River Nidd. Take an immediate right opposite Mother Shipton’s Cave and follow the sign for the Ringway Footpath and Conyngham Hall Trail. Pass through the gate ahead into the park, with the river and car park to the right. Your pooch may be let off the lead here.
|Bilton Hall Drive to Riverside|
Start point: 54.01 lat, -1.4932 long
Continue ahead on the tarmac Ringway Footpath/Beryl Burton Cycle Way, passing a house to the left as the track bears right then left. At a wooden footpath sign, turn right following the signs for Ringway Footpath and Knaresborough Round. Head along the track towards a waymarked gate with a stile on the edge of Nidd Gorge Woods. Even larger breeds of dogs will be able to slip through the stile with no problems!
|Riverside to Emerge from Trees|
Start point: 54.0179 lat, -1.4964 long
Continue along the path, with the river to the right. Near a footbridge, keep ahead using the duck-boards and following the Nidd Gorge footpath sign. This section passes over numerous duck-boards to make the path passable even when the river is high.
|Emerge from Trees to End|
Start point: 54.0215 lat, -1.5186 long
Follow the path along the edge of a field, keeping the hedge line to the left. The path becomes enclosed as it heads downhill, passing farm buildings to the left. Pass through a way-marked gate to a public bridleway sign pointing to the left, along the track leading from Woodside Farm.
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Great for off lead walking with the dog.
|By SChappy25 on 04 Feb 2017|
Great walk, both kids and dogs loved it. Really friendly cafe back in carpark, where dogs were welcomed, even though muddy. Would highly recommend this walk for anyone with dogs.
|By carmeningham on 17 Feb 2017|
Really really muddy in parts but still enjoyed, early March 2017.
|By ycfheath on 06 Mar 2017|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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Uploaded: 04 Feb 2017
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