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Walking in Cumbria and Beyond

Yorkshire Blues and Greens

Yorkshire Blues and Greens

Frequent visits have coloured my idea of walking in Nidderdale  with vast sky over wild moors.

Peat bogs and tussocks,

dramatic drops and rocks

and cries of curlews and grouse.

There is another side to the dale.  After an extravagant day in genteel Harrogate an equally genteel walk was requested and to my surprise I found one.  With five villages.  Five villages must have tea rooms and pubs, I suggested.  So  lunch would not have to be carried, as refreshment would be frequent and abundant.  How happy everyone was when my vague promises were fulfilled – almost.

Ripley Castle

Ripley with its story book Castle and picture postcard grounds kicked us off across the river

Iron Bridge

and around the garden wall.

deer park

Deep rich greens stretched away to meet the blue horizon, more Darling Buds of May than Bronte.


Though there was a crazy touch.


Almost imperceptibly, we  gained height until the new industrial landscapes of wind power interrupted the horizon.   There was even a small hill to climb on the way to Burnt Yates.

woods #bluebells

But then it was all down hill.



Past geometrical houses displaying generational wealth and opulence.


There was food !

Down to the river Nidd and lunch.  In the highly recommended Station Inn Birstwith

River Nidd

Suitably replenished we followed the  Nidd and its Way


over flower strewn paths


back to Ripley


and its visitors.


Our route, 9.1 miles

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