Harrogate is a genteel spa town in north Yorkshire, close to the Yorkshire Dales. It’s very different to towns in the industrial south of the County; the town’s pristine parks, green spaces and shopping areas reflect its status last year as ‘happiest place to live in England‘. You won’t walk ten paces without spotting a well-manicured tree, and little clumps of carefully placed flowers pop up everywhere – even on central reservations between road lanes. Harrogate in Autumn is beautiful.
On a recent stay I spent a crisp, sunny morning walking around with my camera, drinking in the picturesque scenes. I started out on The Stray, a 200-acre protected space on the edge of the town centre, which dates back to 1778. The trees are varied and flaunt a flamboyant cocktail of Autumn colours.
I didn’t go into the famous Harrogate landmark that is Bettys Tea Rooms, but their window display was mouth-watering. Bettys is perched in the town centre, on the tip of The Stray, and would make for a good spot to gaze out onto the greenery while tucking into a Yorkshire fat rascal (a special kind of fruit scone).
One Harrogate treat that I did sample – which I’ve posted about here – is Harrogate Turkish baths and health spa. A nest of Moorish splendour, it’s tucked away behind an unassuming facade, down the hill from Bettys.
Have you visited Harrogate? Which season do you prefer there?
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