The ‘pub walk’ is a classic British activity for couples, families, friends and committed hikers alike and the Harrogate District is renowned for its breath-taking views and foodie scene.
With this in mind, Visit Harrogate invites you to experience both at once – the perfect recipe for a memorable autumnal weekend away.
This popular walk circles Harrogate, taking you past picturesque villages and other points of interest, such as Knaresborough, Nidd Gorge, Pannal, and 6 different woodlands. At 20miles long, the full walk is not for the faint-hearted, but can easily be broken down. Pop in to one of the many pubs on route for a refreshing pint of local ale – such as the Traveller’s Rest at Crimple or the Black Swan in Burnbridge.
Walk from the centre of historic Ripon, down footpaths and bridleways, through the famous Valley of the Seven Bridges, to Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal Water Garden and Studley Royal Deer Park. After a beautiful 8 miles, usually taking between 3-4 hours, you will be more than ready for a coffee and a cake from the Abbey Tearooms.
At only a mile long, this easy stroll through the centre of old Boroughbridge is perfect for young families. Explore a historic battle site, the works of a blind road-maker and some mysterious ancient stone monuments, before catching your breath in 13th century coaching inn, The Black Bull or the 300 year old Crown Hotel.
To see the local landscape come alive with colour, explore one of Harrogate’s most popular walking routes this autumn. The 120ft gorge is impressive in itself, but the stunning woodlands and possibility of sighting a roe deer, a heron, or even a spotted woodpecker all add to the magic – and leave you feeling like you really have left the beaten track. When the sun goes down, head to the World’s End pub in Knaresborough to warm up or tuck into a well-earned meal at Carriages.
In the middle of the Washburn Valley, Fewston Reservoir is a deserving part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here can be found several walks along the water’s edge and through the woods, which vary in length from ¼ mile to 6 miles – but no matter how far you walk, there will be gourmet pub food waiting for you at the Timble Inn.
If you’re more of a history buff than a rambler, settle for a wander around Harrogate’s historic town centre and a drink in Hales Bar – the oldest pub in Harrogate, which still has the original gas lights.
For those coming from further afield, there are a multitude of hotels and coaching inns with a rich history including Harrogate’s Old Swan, the secret hideaway of crime writer Agatha Christie, and the centuries-old Crown Hotel, whose famous guests include Sir Edward Elgar and The Beatles.
Harrogate is easily accessible by car, has both bus and train stations in the town centre, and the nearest airport, Leeds and Bradford, is less than 13 miles away.