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Local Towns and Villages

Knaresborough

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Knaresbrough is an attractive market town four miles east of Harrogate. It is situated along the banks of the River Nidd, from where you can hire a boat or take a walk along the riverside.

Knaresborough Castle is a pleasant collection of ruins high on a cliff above the river. You can climb up here from the River Nidd up a steep, winding path. The view from here makes the climb worthwhile.

Knaresborough’s most famous attraction is Mother Shipton’s Cave. Mother Shipton is England’s most famous Prophetess. She lived some 500 years ago during the reigns of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. Her Prophetic visions became known and feared throughout England, with many of them still proving uncannily accurate today. The Cave, her legendary birthplace is near to the famous, unique, geological phenomenon - The Petrifying Well. See its magical cascading waters turn items into stone! The Petrifying Well is England’s Oldest Visitor Attraction, first opening its gates in 1630. Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, HG5 8DD Tel: 01423 864600 E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

http://www.knaresborough.co.uk/

 

Ripley

ripleyRipley is a small and beautiful village about three miles from Harrogate which has been in the ownership of the Ingilby family for centuries. For Ripley village, which tends to be overlooked in lesser guide books, is as fascinating and visually attractive as the castle which overshadows it, a glorious combination of stone cottages and cobbled squares, past relics and modern reminders of a community which is seasonally under siege. And those who head straight for the castle without so much as a second glance at the glories right in front of them, risk missing out on some of the quirkier aspects of this blink-and-you'll-miss-it North Yorkshire treasure.

RipleyCastle is famously owned by the Ingilby family. Set in a 1,700-acre estate, which takes in the entire village, much of their land is shared with the public, who can enjoy seasonal events like fairs, flower displays, shows and concerts, or simply take a stroll through a history which is more chequered than the peaceful village countenance suggests. Ripley Castle and Gardens, , is a historic attraction open to the public all year round and makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out, in a beautiful location, with memorable surroundings.

http://www.ripleycastle.co.uk/pages/home/

   

Fountains Abbey

fountainsFountains Abbey with Studley Royal Water Garden, four miles west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, is of outstanding historic and aesthetic importance.

Attracting approximately 300,000 visitors a year, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is the National Trust's most visited pay-for-entry property. Acquired by the Trust from North Yorkshire County Council in 1983, it was declared a World Heritage site in 1987.

Enjoy the sight of 500 wild deer in the medieval park and imagine life in the 18th century as you stroll around the elegant Georgian Water Garden with its canal, temple and surprise views.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a World Heritage Site and one of the most remarkable sites in Europe. Give yourself plenty of time to explore spectacular remains of this 12th century Cistercian abbey, rare monastic water mill, over 800 years old, an Elizabethan mansion, and one of the best surviving examples of a Georgian green water garden. Elegant ornamental lakes, avenues, temples and cascades provide a succession of unforgettable eye-catching vistas in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. St Mary's Church, built by William Burges in the 19th century, provides a dramatic focal point to the medieval deer park with over 600 deer.

http://www.fountainsabbey.org.uk/

   

Ripon

ripon cathedralRipon is a beautiful market town that was founded over 1300 years ago, and is famous as an old Cathedral City where monasteries have stood since the 7th Century. The old city of Ripon is filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs, and also boasts many historical buildings and museums, including Ripon Cathedral, the Wakeman’s House, Studley Royal, Fountains Abbey and Ripon Spa Gardens where a Victorian bandstand is set. Ripon is wonderfully located in the heart of the countryside, so there’s always plenty to do. Whether it’s a leisurely walk along the canal or through the Dales, a day at the museums or a night out on the tiles, Ripon has everything you could ever want right on its doorstep.
A market is held every Thursday on the Ripon market square next to its 300 year old Obelisk, where the Hornblower will sound his horn at 9 o’clock every night.

http://www.visitripon.org/

   

Newby Hall

newbyA visit to Newby Hall is another opportunity for a full day out in the Ripon area.

The family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, Newby Hall is an exceptional example of 18th-century interior decoration and one of Englands finest Robert Adam houses. Built in the 1690s and enlarged and adapted in the 18th century, Newby Hall epitomises the Georgian "Age of Elegance". The early history of Newby leaves gaps from the thirteenth century, when it was recorded as the property of the Nubie family, who took their name from the place, to the seventeenth century when Newby belonged to Sir Jordan Crossland, appointed Governor of Scarborough Castle by Charles II. His son sold the estate to Sir Edward Blackett, who had become Member of Parliament for Ripon in 1689. Blackett demolished the old house, which stood much closer to the river, and built the main block of the present house during the 1690s.

Here, you can explore 25 acres of award winning gardens, stroll through the woodland walk and, from June 1st, take in the delights of the contemporary sculpture trail. Its a fantastic place for young people and children too. The adventure garden includes a fort, raft and wobbly bridge, not to mention the paddling pool, swing boats and miniature railway, which runs alongside the River Ure. Look out for summer events throughout the year at Newby Hall including craft fairs and the historic vehicle rally.

http://www.newbyhall.co.uk/

   

Brimham Rocks

brimhamBetween Pateley Bridge and Ripon, lie the spectacular Brimham Rocks. This surreal landscape of weird and wonderful rock formations is accessible to visitors; a short climb is rewarded by breathtaking views across the Yorkshire Dales. Drive through Upper Nidderdale past the blue expanse of Gouthwaite Reservoir, well known for its Bird Sanctuary and you come to How Stean Gorge, or 'Yorkshire's Little Switzerland'. A dramatic limestone cleft plummets as far as 80 feet in some places with bridges and pathways providing a variety of walks.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks

   

Pateley Bridge

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The peaceful setting of Pateley Bridge has provided inspiration for artists, writers and film and television productions. The winding High Street is packed with small, specialist shops that cater for virtually any requirement. There are quality craft centres, charming pubs and country tea-rooms. To experience a truly authentic taste of early dales life, visit the Nidderdale Museum, it is packed with relics and artefacts chronicling a Yorkshire way of life of years gone by.

Between Pateley Bridge and Ripon, lie the spectacular Brimham Rocks. This surreal landscape of weird and wonderful rock formations is accessible to visitors; a short climb is rewarded by breathtaking views across the Yorkshire Dales. Drive through Upper Nidderdale past the blue expanse of Gouthwaite Reservoir, well known for its Bird Sanctuary and you come to How Stean Gorge, or 'Yorkshire's Little Switzerland'. A dramatic limestone cleft plummets as far as 80 feet in some places with bridges and pathways providing a variety of walks.

http://www.yorkshire.com/do/places/harrogate/pately-bridge

   

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