3 of The Best Walks Near Harrogate
Harrogate is a gorgeous town, which has so much to offer with its boutique shops, quaint tearooms and fine dining options. Sometimes though it can be nice to venture a bit further afield and drink in the fresh and pure Yorkshire air!
There are some great walks around Harrogate where you can be treated to stunning scenery and beautiful flora and fauna. Here we have picked three of our favourites.
Geology Trail, Otley Chevin, 1.9 miles
Otley Chevin is a wooded area sitting on a dramatic ridge above Otley with great views out across the Wharfe Valley. The Chevin is a great place to walk and there are various well-signed routes through its winding woodland paths. One of the best is the Geology Trail, which extends 1.9 miles through the trees and includes eight themed carvings that present a geographical feature and its origins in the Chevin. The route can be quite challenging at some points with some steep sections and muddy areas so is best not attempted if the weather is poor. Start the walk from the East Chevin Quarry Car Park where you will be able to pick up the signs.
Fewston Reservoir Walk, 3.7 miles
This is an easy and simple walk around the lovely Fewston Reservoir which is just a short drive away from Harrogate town centre. The best place to park is in the car park near the southern end of the reservoir where you will also find toilets. The path is well marked and as it runs around the perimeter of the reservoir there is little need to get a map out! All the way around this 3.7 mile walk you are treated to incredible views across the reservoir and out in to the countryside.
Bolton Abbey Strid Walk, 4 miles
Beautiful Bolton Abbey is about as picturesque as you can get with its lush green grass, roaring river and uninterrupted views in to the Yorkshire Dales. The Strid walk is a great way to appreciate Bolton Abbey’s beautiful scenery. The walk is relatively easy and follows the river so has few inclines. The walk is 4 miles and uses part of the famous Dales Way path.
Begin from the Cavendish Pavilion where there is plenty of parking if you are driving. From there you head north (upstream) alongside the River where you will get to a wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and then take the footpath to the left, which continues to follow the river upstream. You will soon reach a lovely woodland area where you will be surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna. The Strid appears en route and is the point where the river has to flow between a six-foot crevice in the rock. It is an imposing sight regardless of the water levels. From there you continue on the path before soon joining the famous Dales Way. Once you arrive in Barden Bridge you will join a public road before you need to cross a bridge and retrace your steps back to the Cavendish Pavilion from the other side of the river. There are several different paths to choose on this side of the river but all will take you back in the right direction.
Once you have returned from the walk you can grab a picnic next to the river and enjoy the rest of your day!
Hopefully these walks have given you some inspiration to get out there and enjoy the great Yorkshire countryside. Remember that these are just three of our favourite, but there are an endless number of beautiful walking routes just a stones throw from Harrogate, all varying in length and terrain depending on how active you want it to be!
This is a guest post from Ruth a Great British Trips, UK tour operators who love showing people the sights in and around Harrogate.