Just outside Harrogate is the vast site of the RHS Garden Harlow Carr, created on the site of an old Victorian spa and specially designed to reflect the natural landscape. The innovative and relaxing gardens, with plentiful benches, are a showcase of horticultural excellence where the four seasons are celebrated. Be inspired by the colourful main borders, streamside and scented gardens, the alpine zone, woodland walks and the wildflower meadows with a twist. After all that walking revive yourself at the Betty’s tea room on site! The gardens are accessible, however, please note that this is a sloping site which, in some areas, is quite steep. Some path surfaces may be difficult, for example pebbles.
On to the romantic ruins of Bolton Abbey, which takes its name from the ancient Augustinian Priory that was here. Located in a picturesque spot on the banks of the river Wharfe, straddled by stepping stones and offering peace and tranquillity as you stroll around the dramatic ruins or along the riverside walk, this is a beautiful place with stunning scenery.
Enjoy a scenic drive through the Nidderdale valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which forms the south east corner of the Yorkshire Dales, crossing the river Nidd at Pateley Bridge. Onward to the medieval city of Ripon, the smallest city in Yorkshire, with its stunning gothic Cathedral. Built in the 7th century it displays stunning carvings and interiors. Ripon boasts its own Hornblower and a grand market square surrounded by beautiful buildings housing eclectic shops, cafes and galleries.
The Yorkshire Dales