Knaresborough AutumnFest 2019

Saturday 28th September & Sunday 29th September

A celebration of our Town:

its natural beauty, its long history, its talented people and vibrant community.

Saturday 28th September

Leaving Knaresborough Castle at 10.15 & 14.15

This is a 4-mile circular walk which is open to visitors and Take a Hike/Ramblers members.

After pausing to take a look at the well-known view from the castle, we will head down the steps to Waterside which we follow towards the Half Moon. We cross the River Nidd and then walk parallel to it, along Spitalcroft, before heading up through trees ad crossing a field to the edge of Birkham Wood. We follow the edge of the wood to emerge at the roadside near St James Retail Park. We cross back over the River Nidd and head along Abbey Road, pausing to take a look at St Robert’s Cave and a couple of other landmarks before heading back up to the Castle grounds where the walk will finish.

There are plenty of pub/cafe/tearoom options in the Town Centre and on Waterside if you are in need of refreshment after the walk.

Important notes for non-members and AutumnFest attendees.

What is Take a Hike? We are a friendly local Ramblers group aimed at people aged roughly 20’s to 40’s. Our group is run by volunteers who arrange at least one walk area every week in the Ramblers ‘west riding’ area which includes Harrogate & Knaresborough. It’s a great way to meet people and explore the area while getting a bit of exercise and fresh air. Our focus is on enjoyment and friendship. Ramblers is Britain’s walking charity which works to protect and expand the places people love to walk and promote walking for health and pleasure.

Can anyone come along to this walk? Take a Hike welcomes AutumnFest attendees to attend this walk for free, in addition to the usual Take a Hike crowd. Under 18’s need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. If you will be walking with us for the first time, please read all the information about this walk before deciding whether it’s the right walk for you. You will be walking at your own risk.

Getting there:

Highly recommended: public transport ..the meeting point is a 10-minute walk from Knaresborough train and bus stations.

By car… there are several pay and display car parks in Knaresborough. The car parks a bit further away from the castle allow you to park for longer. Watch out for restrictions and allow plenty of time to find a space. The UCI Road World Championships are taking place in Harrogate this weekend and travel will be disrupted.

What’s the route like? We will be walking on a mixture of pavements, quiet lanes, fields and uneven terrain through woodland. There are a number of ups and downs and quite a lot of steps (in the castle area).

What should I bring? We will have a few short breaks along the route. Please bring drinks and snacks to keep you going. Sturdy footwear/walking boots are recommended but not essential. Bring a waterproof coat and sun protection. You may find it helpful to bring your belongings in a rucksack.

How do I book a place? There is no need to book, just turn up on the day at least 15 minutes before the start time. The walk leader will be taking a register at the start of the walk.

How can I find out what other walks and socials Take A Hike has planned?

You are welcome to come along to two or three walks for free before deciding whether to join. Please follow us on our Facebook Page  and keep your eye on our events diary.

Our takeahike.org.uk website has more information - check it out to see what we are up to.

If you have questions about the walk, please contact the walk leader Susan Wilkinson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

If your question is about AutumnFest, please contact the festival organiser's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Starting point:

Meet on the pavement at the side of the Knaresborough Castle building (the side that doesn’t have the lovely view of the viaduct. Nearest post code: HG5 8AS - starting grid ref SE348569 or find the Festival Information Hub in the Castle grounds.

Susan Wilkinson