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Burton Leonard near Ripon

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  • Short walk from Burton Leonard
  • Mix of lanes and footpaths
  • Pretty and peaceful villages

To the south of Ripon lies the estates of Mountgarret which includes some interesting walks. I chose to walk from the lovely village of Burton Leonard and include the smaller but still attractive South Stainsby. The walk starts by heading over some fields and through a narrow avenue of coniferous woodland. The signposts suggest this is a permissive path but it is public on the map s do not worry about it being closed!

The lanes from South Stainsby offer some excellent walking and as a result I was tempted to carry on past Low Rakes to Copgrove. If you have the time it is worth visiting Copgrove and the pretty copse that lies at its foot. The description though describes the shorter walk past the old quarry which is now a small nature reserve. It is a peaceful walk and varied enough to be interesting. Probably best done on a long, warm summer’s evening.

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Have a look in St Michaels and All Saints Church and in particular the Devil’s Stone in the north east corner.

 

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OS Map: O/S Explorer 1.25,000. Ripon & Boroughbridge 299 Buy Map
Start Point: SE 327638. From opposite the village stores head west up the hill, past the school and turn left. After 30 metres a footpath is signed to the right.
Height to Climb: 100 m (330 feet)
Terrain: Lanes and footpaths pass through fields some woodland. Easy walking
Eating & Drinking: Hare and Hounds and the Royal Oak are two good pubs in the village.
Similar Walks Nearby: Fountains Abbey & Studley Park
Lands around Ripley Castle
Lost World of Gallowgill
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