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Road bridge over the River Nidd at Hampsthwaite
Road bridge over the River Nidd at Hampsthwaite

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Route No. 717 - Thursday 26 April 2018
Ripley, River Nidd, Crag Hill, Hampsthwaite,
Clint, Hollybank Lane circuit - 8km
Nidderdale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 298 Nidderdale


Heading for the belt of trees at the southern edge of the car park
Heading for the belt of trees at the southern edge of the car park

Path through the trees at the edge of the car park
Path through the trees at the edge of the car park

Path running parallel to the A61
Path running parallel to the A61

We continued through the belt of trees and around the edge of the field next to the A61. After about 400m from the edge of the car park we came to the end of the field where the tarmac path turns left to the side of the A61 at a traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing. All the fast moving traffic duly stopped for us to cross.

This morning Jim & I met our friends Ray & Sylvia at the large free car park on the edge of Ripley at map ref. SE 284 603, about 6km (4 miles) north of the centre of Harrogate. The weather forecast was very mixed with a few sunny breaks between the showers. We did get several showers but quite light. From the car park we followed the tarmac cycleway and footpath to the southern edge of the car park.

Entering the field next to the A61
Entering the field next to the A61

Cycling sculpture erected for the Tour de France in 2014
Cycling sculpture erected for the Tour de France in 2014

Arriving at the pedestrian crossing over the A61
Arriving at the pedestrian crossing over the A61

Turning left off the A61 to the old road bridge over the R. Nidd
Turning left off the A61 to the old road bridge over the R. Nidd

The new road bridge carrying the A61 over the R. Nidd
The new road bridge carrying the A61 over the R. Nidd

Riverside path under the A61 bridge
Riverside path under the A61 bridge

We crossed under the new road bridge to follow a footpath along the southern bank of the river. About 500m from the new road bridge there was a stile on our right for anglers to reach the river side and a large 'Private' sign next to it. Here the public footpath turned south to climb the hillside along the edge of the field for about 300m to a minor road at map ref. SE 281 590.

We continued southwards along the far side of the A61 for a few metres and then veered a little to our left to walk down a narrow lane to an old road bridge over the River Nidd with the A61 and the new road bridge over the River Nidd above us to our right. We crossed the river on the old road bridge and then after a few metres at a wooden finger post we doubled back along a footpath to the river bank.

Doubling back on the path to the riverbank
Doubling back on the path to the riverbank

Path along the bank of the River Nidd
Path along the bank of the River Nidd

Path away from the river up to a minor road
Path away from the river up to a minor road

Path from the river bank joining a minor road at map ref. SE 281 590
Path from the river bank joining a minor road at map ref. SE 281 590

We turned right along the road towards Crag Hill Farm
We turned right along the road towards Crag Hill Farm

Following the road towards Crag Hill Farm
Following the road towards Crag Hill Farm

200m beyond the farm the road began to bend to our left
200m beyond the farm the road began to bend to our left

This access road leads down to a Yorkshire Water sewage works and at the gateway on the right hand side of the road there is a wooden finger post pointing diagonally across the field to the corner of the wood below.

At the road we turned right and walked along the road past Crag Hill Farm. About 200m beyond the farm the road began to bend round to our left. Just round the bend on our right hand side there is an access road.

Looking across Nidderdale from the road back to Ripley
Looking across Nidderdale from the road back to Ripley

Passing Crag Hill Farm
Passing Crag Hill Farm

Lambs suckling by our turning
Lambs suckling by our turning

We headed diagonally across the field to the corner of the wood
We headed diagonally across the field to the corner of the wood

Heading for the corner of the wood
Heading for the corner of the wood

Path into the woodland to a stile on our left
Path into the woodland to a stile on our left

Footbridge over a beck
Footbridge over a beck

Marker warning of a high pressure gas main crossing the beck
Marker warning of a high pressure gas main crossing the beck

After about 30m we turned left to cross a stile to a path that led us through the trees to a footbridge over a small beck. Beyond the beck we turned left along the path with the edge of the woodland on our left and farmland on our right. We continued along this path for about 900m to a minor road in the village of Hampsthwaite.

We crossed field to the corner of the wood with the sewage works on our right behind a screen of trees. We turned right and walked down the side of the wood for about 50m. Then the path turned left to continue in the field along the edge of the woodland for about 200m. Here we turned through the trees.

Following the edge of the woodland
Following the edge of the woodland

Path through the trees towards the footbridge
Path through the trees towards the footbridge

Path at the edge of the woodland with farmland on our right
Path at the edge of the woodland with farmland on our right

Nearing Hampsthwaite
Nearing Hampsthwaite

Arriving at the edge of Hampsthwaite
Arriving at the edge of Hampsthwaite

Mounting block to get back on your horse
Mounting block to get back on your horse

The road through Hampsthaite
The road through Hampsthwaite

Approaching the road bridge over the River Nidd
Approaching the road bridge over the River Nidd

Our turning off the road on to the path uphill to Clint
Our turning off the road on to the path uphill to Clint

Here we came to a sharp right hand bend in the road and on the crown of the bend there is a public footpath off the left hand side of the road heading directly up the quite steep hillside for about 400m to the hamlet of Clint.

At the road we turned right and followed the road out of the village past the Parish Church on our left to cross the road bridge over the River Nidd. From the bridge we continued along the road for about 200m.

About to turn right along the road through Hampsthaite
About to turn right along the road through Hampsthwaite

The lych gate at the entrance to the churchyard
The lych gate at the entrance to the churchyard

We turned off the road at the sharp right hand bend ahead
We turned off the road at the sharp right hand bend ahead

Climbing up the hill to Clint
Climbing up the hill to Clint

Stile on to the road in Clint
Stile on to the road in Clint

The start of Hollybank Lane in Clint, opposite the stile
The start of Hollybank Lane in Clint, opposite the stile

Jack-by-the-hedge
Jack-by-the-hedge

There is a name plate at the junction where the lane begins. We walked along the road for about 750m to the end of the public road at map ref. SE 269 599.

In Clint we crossed the stile to the road and to our right the road forked. We took the left hand fork following the route of the Nidderdale Way along Hollybank Lane.

Following Hollybank Lane
Following Hollybank Lane

Following Hollybank Lane
Following Hollybank Lane

End of the public road at the gates into Hollybrook Wood. Hollybank Lane continues through the wood to Ripley
End of the public road at the gates into Hollybrook Wood. Hollybank Lane continues through the wood to Ripley

Bluebells in Hollybank Wood
Bluebells in Hollybank Wood

Still following Hollybank Lane towards Ripley
Still following Hollybank Lane towards Ripley

Following the path round the wall of the castle grounds
Following the path round the wall of the castle grounds

After about 1km from the start of Hollybank Wood a public footpath joined the bridleway from our left where the stone boundary wall of the Ripley Castle deer park begins. We continued along the bridleway following the boundary wall on our left to the bridge over Ripley Beck at the outlet from the lake in the castle grounds.

There are gates across the road here at the edge of Hollybank Wood at the boundary of the private Ripley Castle estate. We followed the route of the Nidderdale Way on a public bridleway along the continuation of Hollybank Lane through the estate. The woodland here is very pretty with swathes of bluebells and wood anemones on both side of the lane.

Following Hollybank Lane towards Ripley
Following Hollybank Lane towards Ripley

Cowslips by the path
Cowslips by the path

Ripley castle
Ripley castle

Outlet weir from the lake in the castle grounds>
Outlet weir from the lake in the castle grounds

Entering Ripley village around the wall of the castle grounds
Entering Ripley village around the wall of the castle grounds

Parish chuech of All Saints in Ripley
Parish church of All Saints in Ripley

Here we turned right and walked along the village street back to the car park and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 8km and it had taken us around two & a half hours to walk it, a pretty and enjoyable walk despite the frequent light showers.

We continued up the slope from the bridge to the castle entrance on our left and the parish church on our right. We continued though the little square between the church and the Boar's Head pub to the main street through the village.

Passing the castle entrance opposite the parish church
Passing the castle entrance opposite the parish church

The square between the Boar's Head pub & the parish church
The square between the Boar's Head pub & the parish church

Returning to the car park on the southern side of Ripley village at the end of our walk
Returning to the car park on the southern side of Ripley village at the end of our walk

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