What are the best bits?
Knox: Positioned by an old ford, Spruisty Bridge looks like it comes from a 1960s postcard or calendar and is a perfect snack spot. It was built in the 17th century for packhorse traffic travelling between Knaresborough and Ripley.
Follifoot: Named after the Norse word for ‘place of the horse fight’, Follifoot is an attractive village with Rudding Gate (the former grand main entrance to Rudding Park), village stores with Dickensian bay windows, stocks and a restored animal pound.
Plumpton Rocks: Set around a serene lily-laden lake, Plumpton Rocks are all that remains of Georgian pleasure grounds. Danielle Lascelles bought Plumpton hamlet in 1760 and demolished the original mansion but never completed one that was intended to replace it. The rocks are tremendous fun to explore and provided locations for the 2016 remake of the Swallows and Amazons film. Note: The site was closed for dam repairs in 2021 but was due to reopen.
Abbey Road, Knaresborough: This must be one of the most desirable places to live in North Yorkshire. In between the magnificent houses look out for St Robert's Cave tucked away beside the river, the House in the Rock, Chapel of Our Lady in the Cliff and carved figures in the trees. There are lots cafés along Waterside and you can hire a rowing boat here too.