There are two Bank Holidays in May and the second will be upon us before I can sneeze. I had better get on and report on my day out at the beginning of the month, May Day Holiday. I found somewhere that I had not visited before and the housemate and I set out to find Ripley Castle, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
According to the leaflets supplied on entry, the same family have been living in the castle for over 700 years, the Ingilby family. Apparantly surviving plagues, civil wars, religious persecution, involvement in the Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot, two World Wars and numerous recessions. Obviously survivors!
I steer away from tours of the interior of these old houses, preferring to roam the grounds, so I apologise for presenting no details of the furnishings and fittings. The castle is set in extensive grounds encompassing Ripley Lake and Deer Park which is where this path leads to.
For a Bank Holiday, the weather was remarkably kind with some blue skies and little wind. Walking round the lake through the Deer Park, we failed to see any deer, which were presumably hiding from the Bank Holiday crowds over the brow of a hill. The view below, back to the castle, was taken from the far end of the lake.
Crossing the bridge over the upper weir lead us into the Pleasure Grounds, (their words) which are extensive woodlands interlaced with various paths and on towards the walled garden and back to the castle. Quickly bypassing the children’s adventure park, we admired the many specimen trees, some live and some dead!
I seem not to have acquired many photos of these specimens, I think, largely because when you are walking among them, you cannot get any perspective on them. So we carried on and arrived at the walled garden, where we came across this swathe of tulips, which unfortunately had just about passed their best, but still had all their colour.
The centre of this part of the garden was taken up with a rather nice stretch of lawn which may appeal to a certain resident of the Borders 😉
There was a lot to look at in the walled garden and here is just a selection of features that caught my eye.
And some very attractive bark on a eucalyptus tree.
To conclude a very interesting visit, a non flying bird for residents of Michigan 😉
Thanks for looking in.