2nd August 2018
Coach Trip to Ripon

Ripon is a cathedral city in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.  Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is located at the confluence of two tributaries of the River Ure, the Laver and Skell. The city is noted for its main feature, Ripon Cathedralwhich, as well as Ripon Racecourse. The city itself is just over 1,300 years old.

To Visit Fountains Abbey and the Water Gardens.   If anyone wishes to visit Fountains Abbey and the Water Gardens we can arrange for one of the coaches to go to the Abbey and stay there till  4 o’clock when it will return to Ripon. The entry fee is £15 or free to National Trust members. If you wish to do this please let your courier know and we can plan accordingly when we get to Ripon.

A Walk No Leader awaiting a volunteer

B Walk     Leader   Tony Culverhouse       Moderate/easy                        9.5 miles

From the coach park we head east out of Ripon to cross the River Skellvia easy stepping stones  to  then follow the river to it’s confluence with the river Ure . Then head north passing near Little Studley and from the river take farm tracks and tarmac surfaces to eventually cross the golf course to the A6108. We follow the road for a short distance before reaching Spring Hill School where field paths and minor roads take us to Clotherholme Farm track. We then  take the bridleway to cross the River Skell which leads us back to Ripon.  Level walk with no hills.

C Walk        Leader   Carol Higgins               Moderate            9 miles    Easy​

From the coach park we leave the town via the Spa Baths and head out to the village of Studley Roger following roadways, footpaths and bridleways. Passing Plumpton Hall we head down to the Valley of the 7 bridges and follow the course of the River Skell through Studley Royal Deer Park to the lake at Fountains Abbey.  After lunch we pass by St Mary’s Church and cross the River Skell. Along the road and a short incline brings us to the ancient  abbey wall and a pleasant walk along the opposite side of the valley with views of the Banqueting Hall and Abbey before we head across fields and through woods till we reach Whitcliffe Hall Farm where we follow the lane to Hell Wath Cottage. From here the final part of the walk is through the nature reserve and back to the market square.  Although there are a couple of inclines on this walk they are very short and it is a very easy to do walk on well defined paths, tracks and lanes. 

D Walk Leader Paul Brown Fairly easy ​​​​      7  miles

From the coach park in Ripon town centre we walk down to the bridge over the River Skell to join paths which follow the course of the river to Hell Wath Cottage. We change direction here as we continue to the Studley Royal Estate, where we walk through woodland and the deer park, to eventually reach the lake (lunch stop here).  We walk along the carriage drive for a while, and after leaving the estate we go on to reach to the very pleasant village of Studley Roger, and  then continue to the outskirts of Ripon.  We walk through a small park, cross the river by footbridge, then walk back towards Ripon centre. Most of this route is on good tracks and paths, perhaps muddy in places, some road walking.    Plenty to see on this walk. 

Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points

Blackburn Coach

08:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

08:05     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

08:10     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:15     Blackburn : Penny Street

08:20     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:25     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:35     Accrington : Whalley Rd, Kwik Fit

08:40     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:50     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:55     Harwood : Nightingales Garage

09:00     Whalley : King Street

09:05     Clitheroe : York Street

Burnley Coach

08:10  Clayton le Moors : Hare and Hound

08:20  Padiham : Town Hall

08:22. Padiham : Whitegates

08:25. Burnley : Tim Bobbin

08:30. Burnley : Bus Station

08:35. Burnley : Brennard Street

08:40  Brierfield : Town Hall

08:45. Nelson : Bus Station

08:50  Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

08:55  Colne : Crown Hotel

09:00  Colne : Library

09:05  Colne : Alkincoates

09:10 Barrowford : Heritage Centre

09:20 Gisburn : White Bull


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