A Room with a View

The Stray dates back to 1778 when it was created from the forest of Knaresborough to link of Harrogate’s springs together in one area. Since the late 16th Century countless springs had been discovered around Harrogate and deemed to have medicinal properties for their high quantities of Sulphur, iron and other minerals.

Over the years it has grazed livestock, been occasional side for the Great Yorkshire Show and Harrogate Flower Shows, been used as allotments and wheat fields during the second world war, and at several times been used as an airfield for light aircraft.

Today it has been returned to open grassland, and in spring takes on the beautiful colours as first millions of crocuses come into flower, which give way to daffodils, and then the long lines of cherry blossom trees and their iconic pink covering.

The Stray is protected by an act of parliament and its total area must remain constant, meaning if any of it is ever removed it must be replaced elsewhere, ensuring the great public space will always be there at the heart of the town.

The Stray

The Stray

The Stray

The Stray

12 Comments CherryPie on Oct 21st 2020

12 Responses to “The Stray – Harrogate”

  1. lisl says:

    What an unusual name for an area. It’s terms of protection are odd

  2. If you go to Harrogate, you must go to Betty’s.
    It’s a tradition, right? ;)

  3. Beautiful photos. Good news that it is protected.

  4. The Yum List says:

    That window makes a lovely frame.

  5. We stayed in a hotel overlooking the Stray a few years ago… I seem to remember wondering if I would have room for the dinner we had booked after having had Fat Rascals in Betty’s in the afternoon (one each, not shared, plus butter)… but somehow we managed.

  6. shabana says:

    Absorbing and captivating images dear Cheri!!!

    Harrogate is splendid place indeed !