Ripon & Studley Park - 9th Dec

Posted 9/12/2018

Nine people made the trip to North Yorkshire and weren’t disappointed with as Dearne Valley Walking Group undertook a lovely 8.5 mile walk from the cathedral city of Ripon.

With all of our group having arrived early and enjoyed a hearty breakfast at various eateries we set off southwards from outside Ripon Cathedral to cross the River Skell on King Street Bridge before joining the riverside path westwards alongside the river. This we followed as far as a small park and paddling pool to emerge on Borrage Green Lane.

This we followed as it left the short row of houses behind and we again joined the now rather fast-flowing and swollen River Skell as it made its way through Hell Wath Nature Reserve. Eventually we left the river to emerge at Hell Wath Cottage.

We then followed Whitcliffe Lane as far as Whitcliffe Hall where we then made a gradual ascent of Hum Hill before turning almost back on ourselves to drop quite steeply to again cross the River Skell and then pass Chinese Wood and Devil’s Chimney to enter Studley Park.

After walking around the lake to the cafĂ© we then made our way up to St. Mary’s Church and after a few minutes admiring the architecture returned to our route to cross Studley Park back towards Ripon with the imposing Cathedral visible in the distance. As we did so we passed an abundance of deer on the left hand side but then Diane Marshall stopped us all in our tracks as she spotted what turned out to be the Kilburn White Horse beyond the Cathedral in the distance.

We branched away from the main roadway to take a path out of the deer park to the small picturesque village of Studley Roger and then continued on well made paths to join the B6265 towards Ripon for a short distance. As we crossed the River Laver we turned to follow it to where it joined the River Skell and then retraced our steps back to the cathedral.

Once back our party immediately made for the Unicorn Hotel for a richly deserved post walk drink.

Well done to the nine people who completed this delightful walk in North Yorkshire on a lovely winter’s day.