Boats on the River Nidd - Knaresborough
As the River Nidd flows through the Mediaeval town of Knaresborough, it affords the visitor some spectacular views. Set in a wooded gorge, the river is spanned by an impressively crenallated railway viaduct, built in 1851. Thomas Grainger designed this to carry the Leeds and Thirsk Railway into the centre of the town. This lovely stone structure is still in use, with Northern Rail running services to York and Leeds using their Class 142 and 144 ‘Pacer’ diesel multiple units (built by British Rail Engineering Limited at Derby). There are many restaurants, museums and other attractions in Knaresborough, and you can hire a rowing boat and slowly drift along, looking up at the impressive ruins of Knaresborough Castle, and the wooded slopes along the Nidd. A truly beautiful river.