Knaresborough, Nidd Gorge and Old Bilton Circular

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Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England

Knaresborough, Nidd Gorge and Old Bilton Circular is a 6.1 mile loop trail located near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length6.1 miElevation gain820 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingMountain bikingWalkingBird watchingrunningForestPartially pavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeHistoric site
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A circular walk from Knaresborough, close to Harrogate in North Yorkshire. If your dog deserves an energetic romp, mostly off-lead, with some climbs and the added bonus of the opportunity of a swim in the quieter parts of the River Nidd, why not consider this walk? The Nidd Gorge is stunning and a magnet for walkers, while the pretty market town of Knaresborough has many dog-friendly places to pop in to for refreshments when you have finished. The route is mostly on grassy paths, tarmac lanes and cycle tracks but also includes some steep descents and climbs by the river, which may be very boggy and muddy after wet weather. You will need to negotiate several flights of steps and several stiles (all of which have gaps alongside that most dogs should fit through). There are public toilets at the car park in Knaresborough. Allow 3 hours.

The walk starts from the Conyngham Hall pay and display car park in Knaresborough. From the A59 Harrogate to York road, turn into the Conyngham Hall pay and display car park by the bridge over the River Nidd (opposite the Worlds End pub). Approximate post code HG5 9AX. By train: Knaresborough rail station is just 5 minutes' walk away, along Water Bag Bank and Waterside. By bus: Harrogate and District buses operated by Transdev serve Knaresborough.

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Thierry CHRETIEN
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usuzjs jsjajaj
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The perfect amount of snow and woods. I would recommend this hike all year round. Even if it’s cold it’s worth it.

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Michelle Payne
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Alex Nazaruk
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stephen aldred
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HikingGreat!

A great walk through the woods alongside the river Nidd & not difficult. A lovely area of Yorkshire

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Debbie Addlestone
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loved it but very muddy and quite busy probably as nothing else to do in lockdown

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Beth Wilson
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Lorena Alonso
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Absolutely amazing

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Stuart Wilcock
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easy going trail, was slightly muddy along the river so boots are recommended

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Rachel Rowley
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Love love loved it

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Emily Tytherleigh
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The perfect walk for us. Very dog friendly especially if they like a paddle like ours. Hardly any road walking and a few inclines but nothing serious. Parking is busy on a nice day so arrive early.

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Ruth Bamber
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If you like woodland walks near rivers then this is for you! Reasonably flat but tree roots around and muddy (October). Lovely autumn leaves on the trees!

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Kelly Hibbert
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Great walk, muddy in places but it is Oct so to be expected! Views of the river were lovely. Easy parking and lovely tea room next to the carpark too!

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Gillian Hanson
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Lovely walk quite a few inclines next time would go anti-clockwise wise to avoid as many. Be warned very muddy and slippy despite no rain so good footwear recommended. Lovely pub half way round.

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Robert JAMES
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Laura Roberts
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Enjoyable walk, moderate difficulty, would go again.

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Alan White
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Leaves and autumn vibes with Marie

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Lee Richards
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nice peaceful walk...some challenging inclines

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Maha El Nasser
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Lovely walk. Car park takes cards. Very dog friendly - no impassable stiles and lots of river side beaches for getting a drink on a hot day.

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John Kuster
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Not great. Not much to see

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Bob Jackson
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pleasant walk a little slippy after the rain but lovely all the same, sat on a seat near the river at 4.6km and saw three kingfishers made our day

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kerrie bonning
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Great walk. The kids loved paddling and swimming in the river. The Gardeners Arms pub is lovely with a big beer garden.

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Alicia Driffield
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Good walk, got a bit lost at one point as I lost signal - screen shot directions. Pretty views but no dog poo bins along the way. Ended it in the pub - worth it !

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Gary Hyde
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Really enjoyed the walk, especially the river section, as others have mentioned would recommend doing in reverse and stopping at “half way pub”.

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Ian Anderson
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Lovely walk. Ticked all the boxes for myself and OH; Riverside, woods, decent pathways and a pub just over halfway round. There is a little bit of road walking (approx 1/2 mile from Gardener's arms to the caravan park), but as it is a country back road, you could count the traffic on one hand. Very enjoyable

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Katie Ingle
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Was an ok walk mostly flat and easy. Very muddy in some places but was fine in boots, we detouree to walk back on the other side of the river but either way alit of road walking which I find quite tedious.

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Mike Haddon
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Great walk well recommended

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Niari White
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Great walk! Varied and instructions were easy to follow!

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Lenore Thom
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Wow. Saw this walk and knew we had to do it. Read the comments and took the advice to turn right and head to the river side first. Saw plenty of wild garlic. Loved the variety and views will do this again.

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Sascha Macchi
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Awesome walk. Beautiful variation in landscape from riverside to fields to woodland. Well maintained and very easy to follow with lots of opportunities to stop for a little break or picnic! Definitely saved to favourites

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