Ripley to Fewston Reservoir (Abbeys Amble Day 2) 27th July 2014
This is day 2 of the long distance walk taking us from Ripley to Fewston Reservoir some 10 mile away. This section take you through Holly Bank Wood just next to Ripley Castle which is well worth a visit in spring for it blue bell display. The walk is 10 miles but its a gentle walk with no strenuous bits.
Ripley is a village in North Yorkshire, a few miles north of Harrogate on the A61 road towards Ripon. A castle dating from the 15th century, Ripley Castle, has been the home of the Ingilby family for 700 years. The present owner is Sir Thomas Ingilby, 6th Baronet (see Ingilby Baronets), the 28th generation. The castle, which has a priest hole, is open for public tours. The landscaped castle grounds and ornamental lakes are also open to the public.
A nineteenth century Ingilby tore down the old village and modelled it after an Alsatian village with an hôtel de ville style town hall. The castle and the parish church were not affected by the reconstruction.
Fewston Reservoir is located in the Washburn valley north of Otley and west of Harrogate in Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1879 an its capacity is about 3.5 million cubic metres. The overflow from the reservoir feeds directly into the adjoining Swinsty Reservoir. The reservoir was build by Leeds Waterworks Company with work starting in 1874 and was completed by 1879
Total Distance 16.2km
Total Time 4:50 hrs
Ave Moving speed 3.9km
Ave Speed 3.4km
Total Ascent 301m
Total Descent 197m