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The Stray

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This is a stunning area of parkland right in the heart of the town. It wraps itself round the... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2018
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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The camaraderie at Parkrun has to be seen to be believed

A free 5 km timed run for all ages and capabilities (from babies in the strollers to over 80 years... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2018
Marie D
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“green land”(2 reviews)
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This 200 acres of open grassland and verges wraps around the main urban “old town” of Harrogate. The Stray exists for the people of the town and is a popular spot for picnicking, kite-flying, outdoor games, exercising and local football matches.
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Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

This is a stunning area of parkland right in the heart of the town. It wraps itself round the middle of the town to three sides. There are great walking paths round it and through the it and you get great views. Quite special.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JohnH3759
Reviewed 20 September 2018

A free 5 km timed run for all ages and capabilities (from babies in the strollers to over 80 years old and blind people together with real athletes and people like you and me) which takes place every Saturday at 9:00 am on The Stray...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Marie D
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Harrogate has The Stray wrapped around it - an old parcel of land that developers must keep off! Great idea I think.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Carol W
Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

It's difficult to imagine until you see it just how big this area is, and in the town too. When we were there there was a lovely avenue of pink blossom trees running through one area. An absolutely great open space.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Charles_and_Susan
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

The Stray is a large area of green land in the centre of Harrogate. It is very pretty with its tree lined roads. Great for a walk or picnic in summer.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank JohnK269
Reviewed 4 May 2017

For the uninitiated (like me), this is a free 5 km timed run which takes place every Saturday at 9:00 am on The Stray. I went to watch a pal finish last week and the camaraderie has to be seen to be believed. So much...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank utterlybutters
Reviewed 15 April 2017

In the Spring the beautiful cherry trees in The Stray in full bloom are guaranteed to make your heart sing. The flowers in Harrogate are beautiful at any time of the year but T%he Stray is definitely at its best in Springtime.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank maggieianh
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

This marvellous attribute to Harrogate is, like a lot of the town, as it is because of the Duchy of Lancaster. Thankfully development is not allowed, but it stays as a welcome attribute to the town. A green space that is crossed by paths. Changing...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank poggy11
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

To have this expanse of space immediately adjacent to the centre of the town is probably unique ( Beverley is not so immediately adjacent). Whatever large ( and it is large) open spaces give the opportunity to then this does it too. Dog walking, cycling,...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank 1949etwall
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We live quite close . There are different areas of the stray just off the centre is good with seats and trees as you move arou d in a circular motion the empasis is on ball games dog excersise there are pubs faci g the...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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2 May 2018|
Response from HarrogateParks | Property representative |
The cherry trees are on Tewit Well part of The Stray and there is on street parking in the area.
8 February 2018|
Response from HarrogateParks | Property representative |
It depends on the weather, but its usually around mid May.