Ripley

Tuesday 8 July 2014. I spent the last 8 days of June walking 92 miles through Yorkshire and now I’m back again: you can’t have too much of a good thing!. This time I’m based at Scotton, just outside Knaresborough and only 5 miles from my home town of Harrogate. The plan is to walk parts of the Nidderdale Way and visit other familiar parts of the county before moving on, in 2 weeks time, to Hebden Bridge.
Thunderstorms were forecast for some time today but they didn’t arrive until 3pm by which time I had long finished today’s 7 mile walk starting from the small village of Ripley. The Tour de France route passed through here on Saturday and there was still some evidence to be seen as I walked out past Ripley Castle. It turned out to be something of a nature walk with Jays, a Stoat and a baby Hedgehog on view.

Later, I had a drive into Harrogate to see what was left from the Tour de France with one old tree having been put to good use.

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