Nidd Gorge - Woodland Trust

Garden/Environmental Attraction


Ancient broadleaf woodland covers the steep cliffs and slopes of Yorkshire’s Nidd Gorge, which is home to more than 80 species of bird and 30 different kinds of mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Take a stroll through the woodland and keep your eye out for roe deer, tawny owls, herons and woodpeckers.

Nestling between Harrogate and Knaresborough, Nidd Gorge is actually made up of five woods: Coalpits Wood, Bilton Banks, Spring Wood, Scotton Banks and Gates Wood. 

As well as wildflowers indicative of ancient woodland and abundant wildlife, 91 species of fungi have been identified in the gorge, including puffballs, cup fungi, jelly and bracket fungi.

There is a large information board at the entrance with details of paths and trails at the gorge. The site is steep and paths contain steps and board walks, although there is a surfaced route through the wood. 

Public footpaths run through the site and along the riverbank, linking the gorge to Harrogate, Knaresborough and the surrounding area. You can also reach The Woodland Trust’s Bilton Beck and Rudding Bottom woodland by following the riverside path to the west.

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