I wrote about Harlow Carr Gardens in my last post (see here) then remembered that I’d never blogged about an attractive alternative to driving there from the centre of Harrogate. I hunted out photos taken in Spring 2015 from my archive. On that occasion there was a family gathering for my brother’s milestone birthday and with space at a premium we stayed in an apartment adjacent to the lovely Valley Gardens with Mlle who’d come up from London for the occasion.
The Valley Gardens extend at the upper end into woodland known as Pinewoods. We decided to follow the signposted route one day to see where it led us. The pathway is gentle and undulating though did get a big boggy in parts so sensible shoes (or better still boots) are a must!
At one point the trees and bushes suddenly make way to give you an uninterrupted view across the valley towards the Yorkshire Dales. There is an information board giving you details of the Pinewoods Panorama. It was one of those clear crisp sunny early April days and we had a glorious view across to the moors. The Pinewoods Conservation Group is a registered charity that works to conserve the environment and natural harmony in this area and other parts of Harrogate.
From memory, the walk from Valley Gardens took us about 25 minutes or so before we came out at a little stile by the Harlow Carr carpark area. Naturally morning tea at Betty’s Cafe was obligatory before we wended our way back into town!
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