2nd December 2018
Coach Trip to Knaresborough
Knaresborough is an histois markek and Spa town in the Borough of Harrogae in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Knaresborough is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Chenaresburg, meaning 'Cenheard's fortress. Knaresborough Castle dates from Norman times around 1100, when the town began to grow and provide a market and attract traders to service the castle.
A Christmas market will be in full flow when we visit the town, this will give you an opportunity to brouse and carry out some christmas purchases after your walk. Hopefull as in previous years, there will be a spectacular firework display to light up the sky prior to our departure.
B Walk Leader Michael Counter Walking Distance 9 miles Moderate
We alight the coach at the Conyngham Car Park in Knaresborough and wind our way through the town to emerge onto field paths heading north towards Sweet Bits Farm. A bridleway takes us onto Hopewell House, Mill Farm and passing Castle Farm we finally reach Shortsill Lane. A bit of road walking now follows, going through the villages of Flaxby and Goldsborough before we reach the River Nidd. We approach Knaresborough from the southern end of the Nidd valley through delightful woodland. The route contains several stiles, but no challenging hills and explores the open countryside and villages around Knaresborough.
C Walk Leader Barbara Sharples 8 miles Easy/Moderate
The Nidd Gorge Walk in the Woods B6165 out of Knaresborough and then we join the river bank to Scotton Banks and Gates Wood. We will enjoy the sights and sounds of the river as we walk through deciduous woodland of coppiced hazel and large birch and oak trees. We pass through both Coalpits Wood & Bilton Beck Wood with boardwalks, open scrub/grassland and broad-leaved woodland before arriving at Millers Fork and the viewing stage at the weir. We soon leave the river and follow a field edge path to the disused railway line. We arrive at the Gardener’s Arms 18thCentury pub (if time allows, for a very brief rest break if you want to be back before dusk and the firework display), cash only at the bar please. Going through Bilton Dene we take a quiet road and the Beryl Burton Cycleway back to Conyingham Hall car park. The terrain includes woodland paths along the riverbank which can be muddy and there are plenty of tree roots, a couple of steep sections up steps (one has 72 steps but easy walking and a gentle downhill surfaced footpath from the top). There are two stiles, a bit of pavement walking, gravel paths, boardwalks and footbridges plus a bridleway, kissing gates and cattle grids .
D Walk Paul Brown
Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points
08:00 Darwen : Boots Duckworth St
08:05 Darwen : Lynwood Avenue
08:10 Ewood : Empire Theatre
08:15 Blackburn : Penny Street
08:20 Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog
08:25 Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre
08:35 Accrington : Whalley Rd, Kwik Fit
08:40 Accrington : Victoria Hospital
08:50 Clayton : Hare and Hounds
08:55 Harwood : Nightingales Garage
09:00 Whalley : King Street
09:05 Clitheroe : York Street
08:10 Clayton le Moors : Hare and Hound
08:20 Padiham : Town Hall
08:22. Padiham : Whitegates
08:25. Burnley : Tim Bobbin
08:30. Burnley : Bus Station
08:35. Burnley : Brennard Street
08:40 Brierfield : Town Hall
08:45. Nelson : Bus Station
08:50 Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road
08:55 Colne : Crown Hotel
09:00 Colne : Library
09:05 Colne : Alkincoates
09:10 Barrowford : Heritage Centre