The Harrogate Ringway trail is a 21 mile circular route around the outskirts of Harrogate taking in Knaresborough along the way. As we now have more time we decided it would be more enjoyable to do the walk over a couple of days rather than cramming it into one day. Fortunately, we can pick up the path less than a mile from where we are currently staying so we didn’t have to detour too much.
We did the north western route first taking us from Pannal across fields and lanes towards Harlow Carr Gardens.
The path then skirts around the back of the gardens and leads up to Birk Crag where we stopped for a bit of Yorkshire Parkin!
Eventually the path descends down the Nidd Gorge and follows the Nidd pretty much into Knaresborough.
It took us about 5 hours and was about 13 miles so was a decent walk for us. Then on Friday we went the other way taking in the Crimple Viaduct and pleasant paths leading into Knaresborough again.
A shorter walk which took about three hours.
We wanted to get into Knaresborough in time for some lunch as we had planned to watch The Tour de Yorkshire roll through the centre of town in the afternoon. More on that tomorrow.