12 photographs that capture the true beauty of Knaresborough

Knaresborough by Stephen Bowden

Knaresborough by Stephen Bowden - Credit: Archant

With the River Nidd and the famous viaduct, there are plenty of picture postcard scenes to experience in Knaresborough.

The viaduct spanning the River Nidd in Knaresborough must be one of the most photographed in Yorkshire. The 78ft high, gritstone Grade II listed bridge was opened in 1851 to carry Victorian rail traffic on the Leeds and Thirsk Railway over the Nidd Gorge. Work on the viaduct began in 1847 but the bridge collapsed in 1848 and it was completed at an extra cost of almost £10,000.

Knaresborough Castle, which stands towering over the River Nidd, was once a stronghold of medieval kings, but is now more likely to house ordinary peasant folk taking a tour of the King’s Tower, trotting through the secret underground exit (sallyport) and not lingering for too long in the dank dungeon.

Mother Shipton’s Cave & Historic Park that dates back to 1630, is widely believed to be England’s oldest visitor attraction and is named after a local ‘witch’ who prophesied future events in the form of poems.

All manner of everyday objects have been turned to stone by the 3,200 litres of water that flow over the petrifying well every hour of every day.

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