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Following the route of the Ripon Rowel Walk along Ings Lane heading towards Bishop Monkton
Following the route of the Ripon Rowel Walk along Ings Lane heading towards Bishop Monkton

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Route No. 676 - Thursday 22 June 2017
Bishop Monkton, Ashbrook Farm, River Ure,
Ripon Rowel Route circuit - 6km
Boroughbridge . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge



Ready to set off from our parking spot on Hungate by the junction with Main Street (on the right)

Walking along the pavement by the beck next to Hungate
Walking along the pavement by the beck next to Hungate

We parked on the road side near the ford at the junction of Hungate and Main Street at map ref. SE 329 664. From our parking spot we walked along the pavement next to Bishop Monkton Beck heading towards Boroughbridge.

This morning my neighbour, Jim, my brother-in-law, John (I have two of these) and I drove to the village of Bishop Monkton about 10km west of Boroughbridge.

Our left turn off the road to the access track to Ashbrook Farm
Our left turn off the road to the access track to Ashbrook Farm

Leaving the road along the access track to Ashbrook Farm
Leaving the road along the access track to Ashbrook Farm

The access track to Ashbrook Farm
The access track to Ashbrook Farm

Leaving Ashbrook Fark for the path across the fields
Leaving Ashbrook Farm for the path across the fields

New fences & hard standing around a new poultry shed
New fences & hard standing around a new poultry shed

Across this site there were new gates at every point where the public footpath crossed the fences around the new poultry shed. We continued across the fields along the footpath to a gateway at the top of a slope leading down to Ox Close Lock on the Ripon Canal.

About 250m from the junction of Main Street & Hungate at map ref. SE 331 665, we turned left off the road to follow a public footpath along the farm access track to Ashbrook Farm. From Ashbrook Farm we followed a public footpath across the fields and after about 200m from the farm we passed through the site of a new large poultry shed.

The access track into the yard at Ashbrook Farm
The access track into the yard at Ashbrook Farm

Path across the fields from Ashbrook Farm
Path across the fields from Ashbrook Farm

Path leaving the hard standing at the new poultry shed
Path leaving the hard standing at the new poultry shed

Gateway at the top of the slope down to the Ripon Canal at Ox Close Lock
Gateway at the top of the slope down to the Ripon Canal at Ox Close Lock

Ox Close Lock on the Ripon Canal
Ox Close Lock on the Ripon Canal

We followed the path in the field along side the canal for about 150m to the junction of the Ripon Canal and the River Ure.

At the lock we joined the route of the Ripon Rowel Walk and there we turned right, away from the lock.

Nearing the junction of the Ripon Canal and the River Ure
Nearing the junction of the Ripon Canal and the River Ure

Looking back to the junction of the Ripon Canal and the River Ure
Looking back to the junction of the Ripon Canal and the River Ure

Walking the Ripon Rowel Route by the River Ure
Walking the Ripon Rowel Route by the River Ure

Footbridge over Demains Beck on the Ripon Rowel route
Footbridge over Demains Beck on the Ripon Rowel route

Ripon Rowel Route towards Boroughbridge Road
Ripon Rowel Route towards Boroughbridge Road

We continued through small patches of scrub & woodland until, about 500m away from the river we came to the Boroughbridge Road at map ref. SE 338 668, on the edge of Bishop Monkton.

From there we continued on the route of the Ripon Rowel Walk along the bank of the River Ure for about 700m to map ref. SE 339 673. Here we turned right off the river side path to continue along the Ripon Rowel Walk across the fields.

Giant Hog Weed by the River Ure (whole plant is poisonous)
Giant Hog Weed by the River Ure (whole plant is poisonous)

Right turn off the riverside path towards Boroughbridge Road
Right turn off the riverside path towards Boroughbridge Road

Ripon Rowel Route towards Boroughbridge Road
Ripon Rowel Route towards Boroughbridge Road

Nearing the gate on to Boroughbridge Road on the edge of Bishop Monkton
Nearing the gate on to Boroughbridge Road on the edge of Bishop Monkton

The gate on to Boroughbridge Road
The gate on to Boroughbridge Road

Our right turn off Boroughbridge Road
Our right turn off Boroughbridge Road

Following the Ripon Rowel Walk towards Ings Lane
Following the Ripon Rowel Walk towards Ings Lane

We followed the path across the fields where there were cattle lying chewing their cud on this warm sultry day. We walked along the edge of some woodland and then, about 600m from the road the path turned right and joined a wide access track called Ings Lane, still following the Ripon Rowel Walk.

At the road we turned left and walked along the road for about 150m. Then we turned right off the road to follow a public footpath across the fields, still on the route of the Ripon Rowel Walk.

Boundary marker on the edge of Bishop Monkton
Boundary marker on the edge of Bishop Monkton

Following the Ripon Rowel Walk towards Ings Lane
Following the Ripon Rowel Walk towards Ings Lane

Following the Ripon Rowel Walk towards Ings Lane
Following the Ripon Rowel Walk towards Ings Lane

Joining Ings Lane from the field path
Joining Ings Lane from the field path

Making our way along Ings Lane
Making our way along Ings Lane

Cockerel weather vane at Swallowcroft
Cockerel weather vane at Swallowcroft

Cranesbill or wild geranium by the track
Cranesbill or wild geranium by the track

We followed Ings Lane to the road in Bishop Monkton at map ref. SE 329 661. Here we left the Ripon Rowel Walk which turned left at the road.

We continued along the Ings Lane track between fields of healthy looking crops of potatoes, wheat and maize. We passed the buildings at Swallowcroft with a cockerel weather vane on top.

Passing Swallowcroft with its wind turbine
Passing Swallowcroft with its wind turbine

Making our way along Ings Lane
Making our way along Ings Lane

Nearing the end of Ings Lane in Bishop Monkton
Nearing the end of Ings Lane in Bishop Monkton

Our right tuen from Ings Lane in to Main Street next to Bishop Monkton Beck
Our right turn from Ings Lane in to Main Street next to Bishop Monkton Beck

Walking along Main Street from the end of Ings Lane
Walking along Main Street from the end of Ings Lane

Walking along Main Street next to Bishop Monkton Beck
Walking along Main Street next to Bishop Monkton Beck

A little further on there was a plaque on a large rock marking the site of millennium time capsules buried by the primary school children of the village.

We turned right along Main Street with a pleasant grass verge planted with young sweet chestnut trees beside Bishop Monkton Beck. We passed a tree planted to commemorate the marriage of Charles & Dianna.

Pretty little footbridge over Bishop Monkton Beck
Pretty little footbridge over Bishop Monkton Beck

Walking along Main Street near the end of our walk
Walking along Main Street near the end of our walk

Female Mallard with her brood of 14 ducklings on Bishop Monkton Beck
Female Mallard with her brood of 14 ducklings on Bishop Monkton Beck

In the beck here there was a female mallard with a brood of 14 ducklings all feeding along the edge of the beck. Next we came to the ford where Main Street (just a narrow lane really) crosses Bishop Monkton Beck and joins Hungate. This was where we had parked and was the end of our walk. The whole route had been just 6km and it had taken us a little over two hours to walk and, as usual, included far too many stops for photographs.

The Main Street ford across Bishop Monkton Beck at the end of our walk
The Main Street ford across Bishop Monkton Beck at the end of our walk

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