Ripon to Ripley
Des Murray was our leader on last Saturdays walk from Ripon to Ripley on a lovely, sunny winters day. Initially, our route followed the course of The River Skell through Ripon to Hell Wath. A quiet lane led us uphill to join the Ripon Rowel long distance path heading south to Markenfield Hall. After a pause to enjoy the quiet beauty of the fourteenth-century manor we pushed on following The Rowel Track to lunch at Markington. Some muddy patches awaited us on the track to High Cayton but these were easily negotiated by our group of twelve walkers who pressed on to join The Nidderdale Way at high Cayton. An easy stroll into Ripley then completed an ideal winter walk.
We had good, bright weather for last Saturdays' walk from Ripon to Ripley. After a short stretch of the B6265 the walkers entered the delightful Spa Gardens where an excellent floral display was enjoyed before pressing on to the banks of the River Skell, bedecked with Hawthorn trees in full blossom. The recent rainfall ensured that the confluence of the rivers Skell and Laver was a vigorous affair with plenty of duckling to enjoy that lovely situation. Just south of Hell Wath the group joined the Ripon Rowel track with a pause to take in the quiet beauty of Markenfield Hall. Staying with The Rowel track the group pressed on through Ingerthorpe to lunch in Markington. After Markington our route to Ripley was south through the muddy environs of Hinks' Hall and on to High Cayton, a place to speculate what life was like in the medieval village that once occupied the rising ground. The woods around Cayton Gill provided a good display of bluebells and it was gratifying to see so much recently planted woodland on this jewel of a local walk. The thirteen ramblers were led by Heather Jemison who was making her debut as a leader.
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