The journey that I am about to take you on may seem like a walk in the country or a wander around a town but it means a bit more to me than that as I seek direction onwards. I'm usually very modest about some of my photographic work, for example this particular post, but some of these trips were worthy of staying on for a few more days to depict some visual delights that you will not disappointed with.
|The key to unlock the _ _ _ _ ... errr .... door / blog !|
|My "Scarborough Sandcastle manager" (september 2010)|
(all place names in blue are links to the relevant previous posts)
|Hill House Farm. "Right of way" rather than ... err ... a footpath !|
It was with interest and half a smile that I noticed that this walk was put on this years programme during March. It looks like that I might have some pressure applied to me to attend !!
|A historic estate house just outside the west gate|
Fountains Hall was built over a period of six years at the start of the 17th century partly with the stones from the ruined Abbey and was occupied by successive family descendants for about 150 years. The new owners that purchased didn't need it as they lived on the nearby Studley Royal Estate so it was rented out to various tenants until renovation about 1930. King George VI stayed here a few times and it was a haven for World War II evacuees before falling into a state of disrepair. As with the other buildings on the estate, Yorkshire County Council had to pick up the pieces before the National Trust as I said in the previous paragraph commenced preservation in 1983.
Anyhow, I don't want to bore you with any more history as I was thinking about lunch and Ripon Cathedral seems like .... lunch in Ripon won't be happening for some time !!
Sorry, I can't wait and I have to fast forward to lunchtime in Ripon square where the "Scarborough Sandcastle manager" inspired me in the local Tudor butchers shop (below) with two things I hadn't eaten before, a special herbed pork pie and Yorkshire curd tart.
|The choice was too good that I had to tell you about it !|
Just to let you know that I must come back here again on my own to re sample it, visit Ripon Cathedral and tell you a bit more about the place in a separate post ... sometime !! ... as there is quite a bit of history about the town ...
|"Keep off my Dad's van, it's mine too !"|
We rejoined the footpath at T and R Williamson Varnish and enamel works built in 1775 ...
... and made a start on the return journey following the river for a short distance through the town.
After a mix of river, road and hedgerows, it finally felt that we were back out in the country again at Studley Roger.
... where I would like to tell you about my feet !!
My fellow companion checked his map in order that we didn't miss the scenic route back.
... before joining the popular walking route back on the unpaid section of the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate.
"The Valley of the Seven Bridges" was the short return route that my friend decided to take the "Amblers" on in the end from the Fountains Abbey car park.
Finally we reached the lake on the estate signifying that the walk was nearly over ...
|St Mary's church ... another time !!|
... apart from a walk filled with ... Curd tart and tired feet !, it was a walk with many peaceful animal scenes ...
...... and ......
|... some not so peaceful !!|