River Nidd Waterside Walk
River Nidd Waterside Walk
4.5
Nature & Wildlife AreasHiking TrailsScenic Walking Areas
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Sukanya D
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,066 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Woods (restrained wilderness)
    The river had currents ..it rushed along. The wooden bridge was suitably rustic. the tiny locks placed on the iron safety nets by the side added a sense of romance and dash of colour. Friendly dogs and gracious owners passed by with a nod and a Hello. Wild flowers, weeds, tall leafless-trees, grasses, vines and the gurgling river kept us company as we walked on mossy and sometimes muddy paths with lichen encrusted branches broadcasting how pristine the area is. The walk was leisurely because we stopped to watch the birds...a pair of mandarin ducks held our interest for a long time. Coots, mallards and maybe kingfishers too! It was a LONG circuit but we did not feel tired at all perhaps because the serenity of the surroundings was a balm for the soul. There is a pub nearby and others across the road. Ice-cream vans too!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Psysigh
    Bradford, United Kingdom32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil Experience.
    Nice, tranquil, relaxing experience. very scenic views of the river and the on top of the hill. Mother Shipton's cave across the river Nidd. The viaduct view is excellent, especially if there is train passing through on it. Small parking lot. You can walk as much or as little as you want. Midway, there is a stairway going up to the main Knaresborough town (opens near the railway station). Small selection of cafes and an excellent kiosk selling delicious ice cream. A good half day visit if you just do the riverside walk, a full day if you go into Knaresborough town. Would recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Marcelo C
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place.
    Nice walk along the riverside. View is amazing, and houses full of history. Public toilet is quite helpful. If you have a chance, go up until the Gardens, and the Castle grounds. Plenty options to park your car at a fair price.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 7, 2023
  • julie b
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful riverside walk
    Beautiful Walk . We came down the steps from the castle , turned left and walked along the river . If we had more time we could have done a circular walk. It’s so pretty and we really enjoyed the atmosphere of everyone walking along enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful surroundings.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 3, 2024
  • ruth54705
    Scarborough, United Kingdom103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great waterside walk in Knaresborough
    This is a great walk especially once you leave the busy part which is near the car park and the bars and cafes that are very busy on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The walk goes through a lovely part of town and out to the main road. Turn right and go into a caravan park where there is the Watermill Cafe. It is in a very pretty setting and is a great place to visit. From there the walk goes through the woods so can be muddy in wet weather. Then back out on to the B6163 and into town.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2024
  • Brian D
    Darlington, United Kingdom975 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a walk
    A great walk with some fantastic views of the bridges and countryside. It is also a lovely walk to be nosey and see the very luxurious properties along the riverside. Once you get out of Knaresborough - be aware you have to complete the loop before getting back to a café or pub. A great walk - give it a go
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 3, 2024
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Whiterose87
Wakefield, UK403 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Came here today and chose to park in the conyngham car park. It cost £3 for 4 hours which I thought was very reasonable. There are cheaper car parks dotted around the area however it just depends where you want to be located.
The views are lovely of the little boats on the river and it is really reasonable in price (£6 per adult)
Some of the cafes were closed by the riverside but maybe this was due to the time of day we arrived (morning). Walking through all the quaint streets is beautiful.
We will return again at some point for a nice relaxing stroll.
Written June 17, 2021
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Tom B
Chesterfield, UK598 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
It's a beautiful walk along the waterside. There are stunning views of the river and the 19th Century viaduct carrying trains into and out of the station.
There are several cafes to eat a snack, meal or coffee and cake. There are boats for hire if you fancy a row on the river. It's an iconic setting. Well worth a visit.
Written September 29, 2020
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Sukanya D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,066 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The river had currents ..it rushed along. The wooden bridge was suitably rustic. the tiny locks placed on the iron safety nets by the side added a sense of romance and dash of colour. Friendly dogs and gracious owners passed by with a nod and a Hello.
Wild flowers, weeds, tall leafless-trees, grasses, vines and the gurgling river kept us company as we walked on mossy and sometimes muddy paths with lichen encrusted branches broadcasting how pristine the area is.
The walk was leisurely because we stopped to watch the birds...a pair of mandarin ducks held our interest for a long time. Coots, mallards and maybe kingfishers too!
It was a LONG circuit but we did not feel tired at all perhaps because the serenity of the surroundings was a balm for the soul.
There is a pub nearby and others across the road. Ice-cream vans too!
Written April 17, 2023
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Joanne
Washington, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
Simply stunning walk by the river which started and ended at the castle. Note that there are steep stairs leading to/from the castle so this particular route would not be suitable for less mobile or wheel/pushchairs. Plenty of eateries and places to get refreshments ‘on the go’ along the way. Also great views of many adorable riverside properties. I was so bowled over by the views by the river that I also ventured for mooch around the marketplace n just had to stop at a lovely, quaint cafe for afternoon tea...
Knaresborough is certainly worth a visit!
Written May 11, 2021
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Lizymee26
Birmingham, UK196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
A beautiful walk with beautiful scenery. It was so peaceful and so wonderful to see all the gorgeous houses and see the gardens.

It was also great to see so many people out on the river in the boats

I highly recommend it for a peaceful walk to enjoy nice weather
Written July 24, 2021
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TyneAndWearColumbus
tyne and wear1,536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
This area is stunning for walking, and there are various routes, so you can take short or long walks.
The views are stunning along the river bank, and it's true that the Yorkshire people are so friendly and helpful. People are willing to chat and give you directions or suggestions for walks and areas to visit.
The trees and plants were beautiful at this time of year, with shades of orange , gold, red and cranberry.
It's a place where you visit and really appreciate the wonder of nature as you walk it.
Walking back after crossing one of the bridges was a bit more difficult for me on one of the tracks I covered. It involved walking over a long distance of horizontal tree roots.
I did comment it was like being in a Boot Camp, and Indiana Jones would have felt at home in that particular area.
Then there was a very long uphill track up to the road, which felt like a step class.
I made it, and felt a sense of accomplishment at the end of the walk.
The walks can be tailored for all levels of fitness and walking ability, and some are very much on the flat.
Knaresborough has so much to offer. It's a stunning, picturesque area with friendly people and a great atmosphere.
There are wonderful little independent cafes and shops in town, and an antique shop which was like a treasure trove. Wonderful items in settings which showed everything off to peak advantage. I liked the retro sweet shop, not far from the upper castle entrance, and literally felt like a kid in a sweet shop, with the difficult choice of which retro sweets to choose.
There's also a fish and chip shop not far from the market square, recommended for delicious food. A very interesting area to visit.
Written October 9, 2020
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James A
London, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Absolutely stunning walk. Beautiful long and varied stretch that spans both town and countryside. Almost loathed to recommend it to keep it quieter - can get a little busy in the Summer.

Can take a small scenic diversion up past the castle that also offers incredible views up the Nidd.
Written May 20, 2022
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK3,176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We had a very pleasant walk down from the castle and war memorial, down some steps, through Bebra Gardens and down to the riverside. We walked along the busy area and stopped to sit on a bench in the sunshine, eat our picnic and watch the rowing boats on the River Nidd. We walked a bit further before retracing our steps part of the way and walking (more climbing) up a very steep lane to the station and back to the town centre. Fortunately it was a lovely sunny day. It was a very pleasant walk and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility though.
Written July 3, 2021
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teamsleight
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Waterside is a nice stroll with plenty to see and good pubs at either end and a few cafes in between- you can boat on the river in summer. A popular spot - you can take in abbey road - extension of waterside and then either return the way you came,use one of the footpaths up the crag(steep) that eventually lad into town or cross over at Grimbald bridge and return on the other side of the river. This makes it quite a distance so check first before you set off. This can be as much or as little exercise as you want. Parking at Colyngham Hall (pay and display)
Written February 12, 2020
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janep1
Sheffield, UK630 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed the beautiful scenery and there are a range of places to sit just to relax a cafes along the way. It’s relatively flat along this part of knaresborough although a steep walk up from the riverside to the town. There was a massive queue for rowing boats so we didn’t bother
Written August 30, 2020
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