Knaresborough is an ancient market town situated around a magnesian limestone gorge on the River Nidd just outside Harrogate near the end of Nidderdale to the south-east of the Yorkshire Dales.

Famous for Mother Shipton's Cave and the adjacent Petrifying Well (where running water gradually coats suspended objects in a limestone deposit - thus turning them to stone), Knaresborough also boasts a fine castle and several other attractions - including a house built in to the cliff face and a chapel in the rock at the side of the gorge.

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