Knaresborough is about half an hour out of York, and is one of my favourite places to go for a little day out, especially when it’s sunny. Carina had never been before, and I had to take her so whilst the weather was so lovely and warm in England, we decided to take a day-trip there as a post-deadline treat…as well as making use of my new car of course! Although I’ve been to Knaresborough a fair few times, I’d never actually been to Mother Shipton’s Cave, so I thought it was about time I did.
Mother Shipton’s Cave is one of the oldest attractions in England, which opened in 1630. The story behind Mother Shipton’s Cave is that it was home to a famous prophetess, and the petrifying well still remains unique and unspoilt for all to see. The park grounds are so enchanting and allow for beautiful scenic strolls, especially as it lies on the River Nidd. This is a lovely place to visit for all the family to enjoy; plus there is an adventure playground, a little quaint museum and gift shop. If you fancy a day out there yourself, follow this link for more information around opening times, directions, and prices.
We then sat down and enjoyed our picnic we brought with us. We chose the perfect spot on the edge of the river, giving us the beautiful view of Knaresborough, the bridge, hilltop houses and people rowing down the river.
The rest of the day was spent wandering around the winding paths and many (many) steps up to the castle, where you can truly appreciate how beautiful Knaresborough is from up high. After a quick cider break at Wetherspoons (alcohol-free for me of course), I had to take Carina to my favourite ice-cream sport. Marigold Ice Cream, again located on the edge of the river, is the most delicious ice-cream I’ve ever tasted, and provides a welcome treat every time I visit Knaresborough. The ice-cream is amazing quality and stocked by a local produced; Yummy Yorkshire of Denby Dale. I mean there is simply nothing better than luxury ice-cream, in such a variety of flavours it makes it near-most impossible to choose which ones you want! This time I opted for salted caramel and Daim, and as always they were delicious.
Again, it was another pleasant sunny day in Knaresborough, and it is a little gem of a town…I wish I lived there!