25 August 2023

Discover Knaresborough: The Gateway to Outdoor Adventures and Recreational Activities

A stunning market town, Knaresborough is a hidden gem known for its picturesque beauty, breathtaking views, and tranquil setting. Located in the Borough of Harrogate on the banks of the river Nidd, it offers plenty of things to do, unique activities to discover and acres of the great outdoors to explore. Here’s just some of the reasons you won’t be able to resist calling Knaresborough home...
  • River Nidd Walk
One of the most popular things to do in Knaresborough is to explore the great outdoors along the river Nidd. You can enjoy a very pleasurable 2-3 hours ambling along the riverside, enjoying the calming waters, impressive viaduct, and stunning scenery. With well maintained footpaths the riverside walk is easily accessible and has plenty of delicious cafes and eateries along the way.
 
  • Knaresborough Castle
Another famous activity in Knaresborough is to visit the ruins of Knaresborough Castle located high on the clifftop above the town. The ruined fortress dates back to 1100 and provides some of the most stunning views of the Knaresborough viaduct and the river Nidd below. Whether you’re a history buff or a budding photographer it’s a must see.
 
  • Nidd Gorge
Looking for an adventure in the great outdoors surrounding Knaresborough? Then look no further than the Nidd Gorge, an expansive 114-acre ancient woodland. Take a leisurely stroll along the meandering path of the river that runs through the centre of the valley or take a hike up the steep slopes for the breathtaking views of Knaresborough and Harrogate. Discover the wonders of the natural wildlife it holds with over 80 different species of wildlife to uncover.
 
  • River Nidd Canoeing
Nothing represents life in Knaresborough better than rowing along the river Nidd. The traditional red and green row boats sitting in the shadow of the mighty viaduct have become a symbol of this Yorkshire town. They are the perfect way to take in the stunning setting and it all makes for a very romantic atmosphere. However, if adrenaline is more your style, canoeing and kayaking are common recreational pursuits seen along the river as well. Canoeing especially is a great way to get up close and personal with the flora and fauna of the river and get a closer look at the birds, herons and otters that reside here.
 
  • Knaresborough Forest
Fancy exploring more of the outdoors in Knaresborough? Knaresborough Forest was a royal hunting forest spanning an impressive 42mile radius of Knaresborough and the surrounding area. Walk through the natural countryside and see the remains of John O’Gaunts castle, once a hunting lodge for the Duke of Lancaster, and spot the original boundary stones from 1767 which are still in spectacular condition.
 
  • Riverside Picnics
Another of the most popular things to do in Knaresborough is to enjoy a picnic. Whether you’re looking for a cosy spot to relax and appreciate the stunning views or a handy place to refuel before the next leg of your adventure there are plenty of picnic spots to enjoy in Knaresborough. Take your own and settle down on your picnic blanket or enjoy being spoilt for choice in one of the many delicious riverside cafes along the water’s edge.
 
  • Parthian Climbing Centre
If adventure is more your thing and you’re looking for a more thrilling activity to really get the blood pumping, why not head to Parthian Climbing Centre? A magnificent climbing wall situated in Hornbeam Park offering extensive rope climbing and bouldering activities. A perfect place to hone one’s skills before venturing out into the wild outdoors.
 
Does this sound like somewhere you want to explore more of? If you’re thinking of moving to Knaresborough, discover our newly opened collection of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes at Castle Locke on Boroughbridge Road, HG5 0LZ today and make a new home in Knaresborough yours.
 

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