The pictures I am going to show you now should give you a good impression of our overall walk. It may appear much longer than it actually was - it really took less than two hours to get to How Hill, and we were not running, just enjoying the walk at a leisurely pace.
Once we had left the last row of Ripon houses behind and were out on the lanes between fields and meadows, we had some surprise views of Ripon Cathedral:
|The same view as above, just zoomed in.|
Another surprise view for us - this is St. Mary's, on the Studley Royal / Fountains Abbey estate:
Getting closer to How Hill:
At the bottom of the hill are holiday cottages managed by the National Trust. They are surrounded by pastures with sheep everywhere. One of them had somehow managed to get in the enclosure meant for the holiday cottage (and NOT to keep sheep). When we came up close to take photos, it tried very hard to get out again but did not immediately find the way - even looking to get inside the house in its hurry to get away from us, it seems!
Again, St. Mary's visible in the distance (the same view as above, just zoomed in) and the bell tower of Fountains Abbey:
How Hill Chapel and the views from the top:
I would have so liked to get in, but it was completely boarded up and not accessible:
After our break with cheese scones (as seen in the post I have linked to above), we walked further on, entering Fountains Abbey estate from the back. Along the way, Fountains Hall was visible from an angle as we had not seen it before:
Nearly there, just round the bend!
Another beautiful walk was coming to an end, but it wasn't the last walk for me that day, as you will see in one of my next posts.