Walks in and around Harrogate
Christmas is just around the corner, and for most of us this means a short break from work! Hooray! It’s the time to spend with your nearest and dearest, over indulging and having a very merry time. Over Christmas most people are lucky enough to live like a Lannister, or in other words, eat and drink a lot! However, there is only so much sitting in front of the TV you can do. Once that selection box empties, it is time to vacate the sofa and plan a day out!
Harrogate is just around the corner from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, so offers plenty of picturesque walks! Here are our top picks for Christmassy walks in and around Harrogate:
1) Studley Royal Deer Park
This is a National Trust site just around the corner from Fountains Abbey. The much loved deer park is home 300 deer (Red, Fallow and Sika Deer). A very picturesque walk and make sure to take a camera! Not just for the deer either, the park is also home to a large variety of ancient tree, many are over 300 years old! For more information on directions and parking follow this link.
2) Fewston Reservoir
A favourite dog walk amongst the people of Harrogate, this picturesque reservoir offers the perfect Christmas walk and views. Fewston reservoir offers a number of relaxing paths along the side of the water as well as woodland walk. If you were to walk around the whole reservoir it would be around 6 miles, however it's up to you how far you go! Pop in to the 18th century Timble Inn for a refreshment after your walk.
3) Bolton Abbey
A chance to go see the ruins of the Augustinian canons by Alice de Rumilly in 1154. Whether you have a stroll beside the river, cross the exposed puprple heights of the heather moorland or explore the woodland trails, Bolton Abbey offers something for everyone. This is also a dog friendly option for those with furry friends!
4) Otley Chevin
Chevin Forest park is located in the Wharfe Valley and has magnificent views overlooking Otley. In 1989, the whole park was designated as a Local Nature reserve in recognition of its wildlife including the Green Hairstreak Butterfly and the Woodcock.
5) Malham Cove
Situated in the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales, Malham is a small village surrounded by dry-stone walls and a steam running right through the middle of the pretty village. Malham Cove is a huge curved cliff formation of limestone rock reaching the heights of 260 feet, it is certainly worth the drive! You can climb right to the top, all the way up the steps to reach the top of the cove which is a large area of limestone pavement. It is so impressive it was used a scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!