Cycle to a medieval castle or two, and then relax with a spa treatment and a piece of cake in Harrogate.
Harrogate has been blessed with more than its fair share of attractions. How many places boast not one, but two castles nearby? Knaresborough Castle sits above the River Nidd as a majestic ruin, while Ripley Castle is significantly more intact with ornate interiors, a deer park and an aristocratic family still in residence.
You can ride to Ripley from Harrogate via a four-mile converted railway line known as The Greenway, or head on further north to the idyllic villages of Nidderdale and the Way of Roses.
It’s worth heading back into Harrogate itself after a day’s peddling. One of the highlights of a trip to the spa town is a dip in its mosaiced Turkish Baths, which reinvigorate tired muscles via a series of hot and cold steam rooms. The indulgence can continue with a cake or three at the town’s world famous Betty’s Tea Rooms. A sugar rush is more or less guaranteed.
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