Valley Gardens

Harrogate’s Grade II listed, award wining garden was originally simply a footpath beside a stream from the Royal Pump Room to Bog Field where there are thirty-six different mineral wells. Valley Pleasure Grounds were opened in 1887. The gardens were extended by the purchase of ‘Collins Field’ in 1901 creating an area of 17 acres.

Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens - Mineral Wells

Behold Bogs Field, a wonder of the natural world where a greater number of unique mineral sprigs come to the surface than at any other known place on Earth! 36 of Harrogate’s 88 mineral wells are found here, of which no two are alike. The waters are Magmatic or Plutonic in origin, having never existed as rain, and have flowed deep beneath the earth for 20.000 years before surfacing through vertical shafts in the strata. Know in C15 as Sauerkeld or Sour Springs, Bogs Field was investigated and developed by the Victorians who piped the mineral waters to the Royal Bath Hospital and to the Pump Rooms and Baths of Low Harrogate.*

Valley Gardens - Mineral Wells

Valley Gardens - Mineral Wells

Valley Gardens - Mineral Wells

Valley Gardens - Mineral Wells

*information from a sign in Valley Gardens

1 Comment CherryPie on Oct 28th 2020

Golden Delight

Pathway Through Autumn

Homeward Bound

6 Comments CherryPie on Oct 27th 2020

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.

Richard Feynman

Apley Woods

8 Comments CherryPie on Oct 26th 2020

…in search of autumn

Just Me

Falling Leaves

A Touch of Gold

Autumn Colours

Pathway from Above

Brookside Walk

Glorious Nature

Autumn Leaves

Poolside View

Casting a Shadow

A Bench with a View

Pathway

Stairway

Beyond the Bridge...

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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

Dothill Nature Reserve

Dothill Nature Reserve

Dothill Nature Reserve

Dothill Nature Reserve

Silkin Way

Apley Woods

Apley Woods

Silkin Way

Bridle Path

10 Comments CherryPie on Oct 20th 2020

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

Chuang-tzu

Sunset Over Etna

10 Comments CherryPie on Oct 19th 2020

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