Ripley Castle

  • A walk near Ripley Castle
  • Rolling lands with good paths
  • A backdrop of castle & grounds

It took me a long time to visit Ripley Castle and it’s grounds. Goodness knows why as I must have passed Ripley hundreds of times on the interminable trip from Newcastle to Long Preston. However some friends came to stay and it  inspired the family on a trip to Ripley and a general exploration of the area. A hot day and a dog ban in the castle meant myself and Mist were dispatched to the lands around the castle whilst the remainder of family and friends went inside, visited the gardens and took the not too cheap tour.

The walk itself was pleasant enough, I walked for an hour and a half through rolling countryside and isolated farms, initially along a cycle track and then a path. There are some glimpses of the castle and estate over woodland and walls but do not expect to see too much. However I returned to the excellent cafe to meet the others and found I was there quite a bit earlier, the walk was good and I should have extended it.

Recommend: Those who went inside enjoyed the tour and thoroughly approved of the gardens

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. 298 Nidderdale Buy Now
Start Point: SE 284603. The parking at Ripley is in a free car park just a few metres south of the centre of the village.
Height to Climb: 118 ms (387 feet)
Terrain: Tracks and paths are good. There is a path near the walls alongside the busy B6165
Eating & Drinking: Ripley is tailored for tourists so plenty of pubs, including the Boars Head Inn and cafes
Similar Walks Nearby: Fountains Abbey & Studley Park
Lower Nidd at Dacre Banks
Brimham Rocks
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