We’ve already mentioned the River Nidd that flows through the town. Worth a mention is the Nidd Valley Gorge that cuts steeply through the countryside just outside Knaresborough. Miles of trails are etched into this National Forest - so there is plenty to explore for even the most ardent adventurer. You don’t have to venture much further to enjoy the wonder of the Yorkshire Dales or the North York Moors.
If you’d prefer something closer to home, Jacob Smith Park is a beloved public space that has been volunteer-led for the best part of a decade. Take the nature trail to appreciate the ancient trees kept within the stone-walled perimeter.
With a proud past, and an eye-catching geology, how does Knaresborough seem today? Nature trails and tourist trails meander along the river past its mystic past, and beautiful gardens offer tranquility beneath the crumbling crenellations of the castle in Bebra Gardens.
Community is strong here and is seen at its best during the annual Knaresborough Bed Race, when people of all ages come together to cheer on the participants (if they’re not involved themselves). And then there's the Duck Race when 5000 plastic ducks race down the river on New Years Day.
Knaresborough is a bustling town with a village feel, a strong sense of community and a superb location between Harrogate, York and Leeds and within easy reach of the market towns of Ripon, Thirsk and Boroughbridge. It's worth mentioning though that with its busy high street, popular weekly market and thriving arts scene, once you've moved in you don't really need to leave.