6 walks near Ripon and Harrogate

View down valley, with farmhouse. Nidderdale, North Yorkshire.

A valley view in Nidderdale - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

September heralds a new season and great sights to see as countryside colours change – get your boots and backpack out and try these trails for all abilities 

Walk by the water?

Mirrored reflection in a lake of a wooded autumn coutryside landscape, with a cloudy sky at dusk

Washburn Valley - waterside walking in autumn's glorious colours - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Fewston Reservoir
Reservoir loop walks in the Washburn Valley are easy-going thanks to surfaced paths and ease of navigation. Fewston Reservoir has a moderate five-mile walk with a few short ramps but mostly level. Add the neighbouring Swinsty Reservoir for a more serious eight-nine miler. 

Try this: A Swinsty Reservoir circular 

Via a viaduct

Knaresborough Viaduct in county West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

Knaresborough Viaduct is part of the Sustrans walking route from Harrogate to Ripley - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Nidd Valley viaduct
The Sustrans route from Harrogate to Ripley is a perfect walk at all times of year. You can pick the Nidderdale Greenway up from the centre of Harrogate, or from the residential area of Bilton where it crosses Bilton Lane and meets the Beryl Burton Cycle Way. This walk is fully surfaced making it particularly accessible all year round, passing beautiful woodland and open fields. Following the Greenway to Ripley also takes in Nidd Valley viaduct. Up to 8 miles there and back, up to 3 hours. 


READ MORE: 5 reasons why you should move to Knaresborough

Grand surroundings

Children playing around a tree in Spring time, with a view of Fountains Abbey in the distance, North

Children playing around a tree at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden - Credit: ©National Trust Images/ Chris

Fountains Abbey
Ripon to Fountains Abbey is a scenic route between the city of Ripon and Studley Royal crossing the fields that separate the two. Explore the Studley Royal deer park and enjoy the fantastic view across the lake. At Studley Royal you can enjoy refreshments, or even visit the Water Gardens themselves - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

READ MORE: 5 things you must see at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Garden glorious

RHS Garden Harlow Carr - Main Borders

RHS Garden Harlow Carr - Credit: Archant

RHS Harlow Carr
It’s all about the plants on this trail from beautiful Harrogate and the Grade II listed Valley Gardens and the RHS Garden Harlow Carr. The route is surfaced from end to end and is an enjoyable way to stretch the legs and see the winter gardens and the peaceful pine woods that separate the two. 

READ MORE: Why RHS Garden Harlow Carr is the perfect family day trip

Fancy a challenge?  

Happy hiker caucasian woman smile and enjoy the nature walking in a forest with high trees - alterna

Take an autumn walking challenge and explore the Nidderdale Way - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Nidderdale Way
Make a plan – how about setting yourself a challenge for the winter months to complete the 53 miles of the Nidderdale Way? Chop it into chunks – some will  tackle the route as part of a long weekend in four consecutive days, but an increasing number of people are ticking off the Nidderdale Way in bite size chunks. Some brilliant landscape to take in - Ripley and Birstwith, to the wide open fells and moors that surround Scar House Reservoir. 

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Canalside capers  

The canal at Ripon - an easy, relaxing walk 

The canal at Ripon - an easy, relaxing walk - Credit: Nicky Rogerson

Ripon Canal
You can spend a few hours walking the peaceful Ripon canal. The canal basin is overlooked by restored historic buildings, including a renovated warehouse. A walk along the towpath takes you past moored narrowboats and locks, along a green corridor through the city and out into the countryside.  It's a scenic route, alive with wild flowers and grasses, and a wetland bird sanctuary runs alongside it on the section by Ripon Racecourse. 

READ MORE: Old and new meet to make the city of Ripon a very special place

See more at  www.visitharrogate.co.uk/search?keywords=walks 

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