Knaresborough, the Nidd Gorge and Old Bilton

Knaresborough, the Nidd Gorge and Old Bilton

Knaresborough, the Nidd Gorge and Old Bilton

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Knaresborough, the Nidd Gorge and Old Bilton

Distance: 6.5 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Level of walk: Medium   View Walks Key

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Knaresborough Weather
humidity: 100%
wind: 5m/s E
H 8 • L 7
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Why you should do this walk…

A 6.5 mile 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.

Dog friendly?…

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.

Walk map


How can I follow this walk?…

This walk is available on the iFootpath App or to print the Knaresborough, the Nidd Gorge and Old Bilton please visit iFootpath

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  1. pat greenwood  - 29/06/2012 - 11:09 am
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    I did this walk in May when I was in the area after having a balloon trip for my birthday.
    I have 3 border collies and they had a marvelous day out playing in the river and exploring the woods.
    The walk made my treat day complete,as I love to see my “girls” having so much fun.
    Would recomend this to anyone who is reasonably fit and sure footed.

    • corina  - 02/07/2012 - 7:50 pm
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      Thanks for your feedback, sounds like a wonderful day. We had lots of fun doing this walk too. Let us know if you do any more and what you think of them.

  2. paula  - 25/08/2012 - 10:41 am
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    This is a fantastic walk. Lots of places for your dog to run free in the woods and play in the river. Great cheap pint at the gardeners Arms too – beware the grumpy landlord!

    • corina  - 25/08/2012 - 11:10 am
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      Yeah, we love this one too because of the potential off lead opportunities. Is the Gardner’s Arms now dog-friendly inside the pub or still just outside in the beer garden? Thanks for your comments and hope to hear more reviews 🙂

      • helen237  - 29/08/2012 - 7:03 pm
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        Dogs are NOT allowed in the Gardeners Arms only the beer garden – and as Paula says landlord is still grumpy !!

        • corina  - 29/08/2012 - 8:09 pm
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          That’s a shame, but there are plenty of places in Knaresborough, which is good :). Thanks for the info. Will mind how we go with the landlord!! :0

  3. Rachel  - 28/08/2012 - 5:07 pm
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    We did this walk on bank holiday Monday 27th aug. despite it chucking it down the whole time me my fella and our rescue dog Henry loved it! Henry loved exploring the woods and the water. Me and my fella had fun trying not to fall over in the mud as it was quite trecherous ! We stopped off at the gardeners arms for a drink and will deffinately be doing this walk again! Cheers!

  4. DogFather  - 01/06/2013 - 9:10 pm
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    Really nice walk, but be careful with dogs who likes sheep. But just at the start. When your are at the river it is perfect and beautiful!! Very nice route. Thank you for the hint.

  5. Nikki  - 12/08/2013 - 3:50 pm
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    Did this walk on Saturday (11/08/13) with my 2 goldies. Great for dogs as you can let them off the lead as soon as you cross the bridge and turn in to the park. They had a great time swimming in the river too. Although the bit where it says the buildings appear on the opposite side of the river – they were quite hard to see with the trees in full leaf! Will definitely be doing it again, although only took us just short of 2 hours even with photo stops.

  6. Danielle  - 16/09/2013 - 9:44 pm
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    Did this walk last year after heavy rainfall and with a 7 year old in tow! Superb walk although the woods and river banks were very slippy which made the walk more difficult. Be careful of the strong current of the Nidd also which is deceiving for water loving dogs.

  7. Niki  - 12/01/2014 - 10:02 am
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    Did this walk yesterday (11/1/14) with my border terrier Milo. Although very muddy in places we all loved it – milo could be off lead pretty much the whole way and he loved paddling in the river! The views along the river where very beautiful. Would definitely do this walk again.

  8. Debra Jenkins  - 23/02/2014 - 4:04 pm
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    So nice to have a walk where the dogs were off lead for the whole way!! It is a lovely walk – even in soggy muddy February and will definitely trying some of your other walks, Couldnt download the map, but the directions were spot on and easy to follow. Have two very tired but happy Labradors now 🙂 Thankyou!!

  9. Kev  - 24/03/2014 - 5:48 pm
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    Did this walk yesterday and it was extremely enjoyable although very muddy mid river. Directions were easy to follow. One thing not mentioned was that the Pub opposite the car park called “The Worlds End” had a big sign saying dogs welcome inside and out. So we had a pint and a bite to eat in there in the warmth with the dogs.

  10. Andrea  - 08/06/2014 - 8:39 pm
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    Nice walk but very muddy although our dog, Poppy, didn’t seem to mind. I think the mileage may be a little wrong though, I estimate nearer 6 than 8 miles. Really good instructions, so easy to follow- couldn’t go wrong!

    • Amanda  - 09/08/2014 - 7:52 pm
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      I agree I measured it using the Walk4Life distance calculator on a OS base map and it measured 6 miles. This is not a criticism of the author at all – just the 7 and 3/4 might put some people off. I also agree written instructions were great and no need for a map.

  11. Amanda  - 09/08/2014 - 5:54 pm
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    Did the walk today , had a fabulous time. So great for the dogs to have freedom to romp almost all the way around .. And scenic too Thanks so much!

  12. Annie  - 12/04/2015 - 11:15 pm
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    Lovely walk with the dog. Brilliant photo opportunities and a very nice pub towards the end.

  13. Matt  - 29/05/2015 - 9:21 pm
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    This is the first walk I’ve done from this website and it was great, the information provided is so informative and accurate. Had a brilliant time doing this walk today, very wet and muddy but the sun came out in the end. My Beagle, Benji, loved it too and enjoyed paddling in the river along the way.

  14. Craig  - 03/04/2016 - 11:04 pm
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    Completed this walk today with our labrador, who had a great time on the tracks, in the river and (mostly) covered in mud. It’s been particularly wet (April 2016) and the amount of mud, even with duck boards is tough, so definitely need proper footwear for this.

    Really enjoyed the varied route, as the constant change from bike path to forest to river, kept the walk interesting.

    Only point to note is that is is not as long as the description suggests. I tracked this at just under 6miles for the full loop. Enjoyed going back through the car park and looping around the field and river to tack on an extra mile and a half though. Excellent day out and great instructions! Thanks.

  15. Clare  - 12/04/2016 - 8:47 pm
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    Lovely enjoyable walk, first one we have tried from this site, the directions were easy to follow. Our Labrador had a great time in and out of the water, and we enjoyed the varied track. It was a very wet day and the trail was extremely muddy so good footwear is a must for this walk.

  16. Clare  - 12/04/2016 - 8:47 pm
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    Lovely enjoyable walk, first one we have tried from this site, the directions were easy to follow. Our Labrador had a great time in and out of the water, and we enjoyed the varied track. It was a very wet day and the trail was extremely muddy so good footwear is a must for this walk.

  17. Eileen Taylor  - 25/04/2017 - 2:57 pm
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    Just got back from doing this lovely walk. It was very windy and a bit of hailstones around when we left the car park at conningham hall but as we got going through the trees we had no wind at all.We were a bit disappointed when we reached the gardeners arms as we had planned to have some thing to eat there only to be told they don’t do food only crisps. We asked for cheese and onion but they only had plain or salt and vinegar so not much to choose from. We didn’t let this spoil our lovely walk, just make sure you eat before setting off or take food with you as there are benches to sit dotted around this walk.

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    […] (with a smashing pub, The Gardener’s Arms) en route.  There’s a longer version of the Nidd Gorge and Old Bilton walk you can do which starts from Knaresborough but I’ve just done the loop bit in the past […]

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