Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Views along the Nidd Gorge Are Gorgeous; Knaresborough and Gallow Hill Distance: 3 Miles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Views along the Nidd Gorge Are Gorgeous; Knaresborough and Gallow Hill Distance: 3 Miles

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse

WELL marked routes thread through open countryside between Knaresborough and Harrogate to offer fine views along the Nidd Gorge.

Starting from the car park close to Conyngham Hall, we cross High Bridge before turning right at the Yorkshire Lass on the Harrogate Ringway.

The wide Tarmac pathway soon runs alongside a memorial stone to Beryl Burton - seven times world cycling champion.

After crossing a stream, we turn sharply to the left on a track that runs up the slope through an area of woodland.

Passing signs to Mackintosh Park, we keep directly ahead on the main pathway - with a line of trees on our right and open ground on our left.

We continue up the slope to cross a cattle grid and catch sight of Bilton Hall among trees on our right.

At the junction of routes, we turn left on the Knaresborough Round and follow the wide Tarmac roadway between fields to the junction with the A6055.

Heathcote House is prominent on the left before we turn into Forest Lane and soon pass the Belmont Park Recreation Ground on our right. Between Nos 73 and 75 Forest Lane, we turn left along the lane that soon bends to the right and then left around the gardens of houses.

Harrogate golf course covers ground on our left and we continue along the edge of woodland between fences to a kissing gate.

Care is needed as we cross the railway line and follow a wire fence on our left to the end of the field.

At this point, we turn left along the Knaresborough Round and continue beside the fence to a stile.

Walking ahead, we cross another stile and make our way over the summit of Gallow Hill.

The field narrows as we pass between wooded areas to reach a stile and then head down the sloping lane beside a high wall on the right to reach the B6163 road.

Turning left down the road, we soon pass Middleton Cottages on the roadside before reaching Mother Shipton Inn at the bridge.

After crossing the road bridge, we turn left along Waterside to pass the tall walls of Bridge Mills and then Castle Mills on our left. …

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