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Your feel-good break to explore the outdoors

in North Yorkshire

We all know that getting outdoors can provide a real boost to your mood. If you’re thinking about taking a mini break this year, we’ve got the perfect itinerary to make you feel good right here in the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire. People have been flocking to Harrogate since 1571 with the lure of Harrogate’s spring waters and the benefits of a visit here are still as worthwhile today. If you’re looking to connect with nature on your break and take in the beauty of the Harrogate area of North Yorkshire, we’ve put together a long weekend that is guaranteed to help you relax and feel good.

In this Itinerary

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Day One

Have an adventure to remember at How Stean Gorge

Start your outdoor mini break with a unique experience to remember. How Stean Gorge surrounds you with natural beauty as you explore caves, walk through ravines, rock climb, participate in a high-wire adventure, and more! Whatever takes your fancy, How Stean Gorge has something new for you to try. For the less adventurous the Gorge also has a footpath for you to take in the scenery at your own pace and is a great way to see a beautiful gorge completely created by nature.

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Get away from it all at the How Stean Gorge Chalet Lodges

After your adrenaline-filled day, escape to one of the cosy, rustic chalet lodges at How Stean Gorge. The lodges have everything you could need for a rural retreat. Enjoy a wood-fired hot tub and a BBQ on those warm summer evenings, or sit by the indoor log burner and curl up with a book in the cooler months. There are 4, 6, and even 10 bed lodges so whether you’re going as a couple or with a group of friends, there is space for everyone!

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Day Two – AM

Have a breakfast with the “wow” factor

After a restful evening, have a breakfast to remember in the Bistro Café, which cantilevers out above the gorge. You will enjoy delicious food surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass walls and glass panels in the floor. This creates a unique, immersive experience allowing you to take in the magnificent views of the gorge below over your morning coffee. With a menu of delicious local produce, you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Gorge from the comfort of being inside!

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Day Two – PM

Walk it off around Nidderdale

Spend the day exploring the Nidderdale National Landscape and take in the beauty and character of its sweeping hills and valleys. One spot to include is Coldstones Cut, Yorkshire's largest and highest public artwork. This sculpture looks out over Nidderdale, with views that stretch for miles. After admiring the views at Coldstones Cut, head into Pateley Bridge to explore its picturesque high street before heading back to your Chalet Lodge to relax.

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Day Three – AM

Discover astonishing rock formations and views to remember

As you begin your journey home out of Nidderdale, head over to Brimham Rocks and take a look at the astonishing rock formations. With amazing views and an incredible spectacle, Brimham Rocks is a natural wonder to behold. Explore the incredible rock formations that were hundreds of thousands of years in the making. Enjoy some of the best views across Nidderdale from the ground or explore around a few of the rocks yourself.

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Day Three – Lunch & PM

Surround yourself with history at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Round off your mini break with the peace and tranquillity of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gardens are the perfect spot for a picnic, or you can enjoy a delicious lunch at the National Trust restaurant in the visitor centre. Explore the beautiful ruins of Fountains Abbey, then stretch your legs along the beautiful riverside walk to Studley Royal Water Garden. If your visit to Fountains Abbey leaves you inspired, you can explore more incredible history across North Yorkshire.

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