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Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral

In the Area - Introducing the Harrogate District

The Harrogate District includes so much more than just Harrogate itself.

Spreading out from the western side of the Yorkshire Dales, the district is a mixture of high fells and peaks, steep sided valleys shaped by millennia of slowly moving glaciers and rolling hills of luscious farm land.

Scattered throughout are chocolate-box villages with traditional stone buildings, floral displays, church towers and welcoming pubs.

As well as a Cathedral City and a Spa Town, there are four pretty market towns.

With open squares, independent shops, cafes and restaurants and little museums and galleries they are the perfect base for exploring the District more widely.

The Dales towns of Pateley Bridge and Masham make a great base for walkers, cyclists and those with a love of the outdoors who want to explore glorious Upper Nidderdale.

Knaresborough and Boroughbridge have a deep and fascinating history in and amongst their thriving independent shops.

With a wealth of tea rooms offering the best of home baking and pubs hosting a range of local ales and freshly prepared meals all your adventures will be well fuelled.

The unspoilt little Cathedral City of Ripon is steeped in history.

There is a selection of Museums, the 7th Century Cathedral itself and a World Heritage Site nearby.

Cobbled streets lined with galleries, tea-rooms and shops and lots of heritage and family attractions on the doorstep, make it a great base for exploring without travelling far.

12 miles down the road is the cosmopolitan spa town of Harrogate.

For those who love shopping and eating, this elegant town boasts a wide choice of shops from independents to high street names and restaurants offering food from every corner of the world.

Its parks, gardens and stunning architecture make it a delightful destination to simply relax and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere while its theatres, bars and cinema means there is plenty to do in the evenings.

The natural landscape is often the star attraction, carved from the earth by the elements over millions of years, from the extraordinary formations at Brimham Rocks to the dramatic gorge where Knaresborough spills down to the river.

With 9 full sized reservoirs and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nature is never far away.

Wetland nature reserves, deer parks and the open moors provide plenty of opportunity for the budding bird watcher or wildlife photographer.

King fishers and dippers frequent the River Nidd and the distinctive shape of Red Kites is often seen overhead.

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