Curious About Harrogate is a pair of self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Harrogate a fabulous place to explore!
First Walk: Valley Gardens to Pump Room (1.5 miles)
Start with a promenade through Valley Gardens, home to wells, springs, a sun pavilion and its colonnades, and beautiful gardens. Pass the Old Swan Hotel and Royal Hall, with strange stories to tell. Visit the town centre, with Victoria Gardens as its oasis. Walk beside Bettys’ famous tea rooms, then Turkish baths and an unusual statue, before arriving at the Royal Pump Room, now a glorious museum to Harrogate’s past.
Second Walk: Pump Room to The Stray (1.3 miles)
From the Royal Pump Room, and its majestic museum, past the historic Crown Hotel, you soon reach one end of The Stray, with its criss-crossing of paths. Next it’s Victoria Avenue, a broad thoroughfare which once embraced the divide between High and Low Harrogate, before returning once more to The Stray and its glorious views of open countryside.
Each booklet gives you everything you need - detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers if needed!), and fascinating stories about Harrogate’s history. We also provide ideas for other attractions and things to see and do along the way.
If you're naturally inquisitive (we would say curious...), and like having fun, both walks are immensely entertaining – but if you want to ensure you capture everything around you, just add in the Treasure Hunt to ramp up the fun. Follow the directions, and keep to the map! Children find them hugely enjoyable. Younger children (primary school age) should always be accompanied by an adult who will get actively involved - you can give them a specific role, eg matching pictures to clues, finding the answers, or managing the map, etc.
Other Yorkshire Curious About Titles
Other Yorkshire Curious About walks can be found at Whitby, Scarborough, Hull, York (2 sets of walks), Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield.
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