This triangle of charming small townships graces an area around
the eastern reaches of the River Nidd just north of Leeds.
Harrogate is the largest of the three, the quintessential spa town full of flowers and trees. The Stray is a lawn like common of some 200 acres which reaches into the heart of the town. Part of the old Forest of Knaresborough it is preserved for all times by Act of Parliament.
The Stray extends into the lovely Montpellier gardens.
The finish of the first leg of the Tour de France Grand Depart 2014
ended in Harrogate.
The event is commemorated by this stained glass panel situated overlooking Valley Gardens.
A plaque on the Royal Pump Room tells the story of the town's development
as a spa
The former Royal Baths are no longer in use but nearby
The former Kursaal is now a concert Hall.
and alongside is an entrance to the International Centre.
Elegant hotels are still in demand for the holiday and conference trade.
Valley Gardens are a sight to behold
Betty's is the quintessential café and tea rooms where morning coffee and afternoon tea can be enjoyed in style.
or a few purchases to take home.