Saturday, 11 April 2020 (Group: Hike On Lancashire)
Start time 10:30
9 miles / 14.5 km
(Estimated finish time: 16:00)
This walk from Ripley is an easy 9 mile circuit with little climbing/ascending. The first section follows the course of the Nidderdale Way. There is some roadwalking but the roads are generally quiet.
Ripley itself is a smart, picturesque village dominated by Ripley Castle which is open to the public and still owned by the Ingleby family, after 700 years or so.
The route works its way down to the River Nidd at Hampsthwaite. This is a large attractive village with a village green with a fine church dedicated to St. Thomas a Becket. The village was the ancestral home of William Makepeace Thackery, who wrote Vanity Fair. The river bridge was built in about 1640 but there had previously been a ford there which was on the route of the famous Roman road Watling Street.
The route then passes Birstwith before curving round to Burnt Yates and back to Ripley.
The walk starts from a free car park at Ripley, where there are public toilets. To get there, turn west of the A61 at a roundabout, between Harrogate and Ripon (signposted).
Nearest post code is HG3 3AZ.
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