Thursday, 20 July 2017

Bishop Monkton

The pictures of this post were all taken in Bishop Monkton last week Friday.

Several place names around here begin with "Bishop"; with Fountains Abbey, Ripon Cathedral and several other large abbeys (not to forget York minster) all within reasonable travel distance even in medieval times, this area was a centre of religious activity for centuries.

Bishop Monkton is a small village, very picturesque, with two pubs, a church, a school and - I am sure - a shop, although we did not come past one.

This is for John (Scriptor Senex)

We stopped at the Mason's Arms for a late lunch, which was excellent, and then had a good look around, went into the church and walked across the church yard before heading back to Ripon.

Leaving in 10 minutes for what is probably going to be a 9-hour-trip back home... But there are more posts about this year's Yorkshire Holiday to come!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Walk to Bishop Monkton

Now that I have finally finished my posts about last week Thursday, we can move on to Friday, the 14th of July.

As you can see, it was a good day weather-wise - ideal for walking; not too hot, but not threatening with rain, either. We decided to take one of the walks suggested in a little guide book my sister gave me for Christmas (or a birthday?) a couple of years ago, and walked via Littlethorpe to Bishop Monkton.

Renton Bridge

Newby Hall

Good part of the route was along the river Ure, with glimpses of Newby Hall. (If you want to know more about this beautiful stately home and its gardens, simply type "Newby Hall" in the search box at the top left corner of my blog; we've been there a few years ago.)

The path was more or less well-kept and rather overgrown at times, but it was dry and we enjoyed the solitude and greenness around us.

My next post will show you Bishop Monkton, a really pretty village where I'd not been before.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

From Fountains Abbey Back to Ripon

I promise this the last post about our walk to Fountains Abbey (and back) last Thursday. As I said in a comment to the previous post, I find it hard to decide which pictures to include in a post, and so I simply use them all - but not wanting to make one post too long with too many pictures, I rather split them up into several posts.

We had coffee/tea and a fruit scone each at the tearooms by the lake before walking back through the deer park, the hamlet of Studley Roger, across the fields and back to Ripon.
Jackdaw keeping us company while we were having our scones

Tea rooms where we'd just been

Another pheasant that did not really mind us being there

Later in the evening, I went to see my mother-in-law who lives 10-15 minutes on foot from our cottage. That is when I took the pictures of the cathedral and the cemetery.