We met this friendly cat in the woodland part of the grounds. It would have liked us to play with it much longer, no doubt, and came hurrying after us when we left. We were relieved when a couple of people came up the path in the cat's direction to provide fresh entertainment:
At the far end of the grounds, a "Foodie Festival" was taking place. Lots of cars, people, music and general noise there; not what we were looking for. There was hardly anyone about outside the festival area, and we enjoyed the walk which offers beautiful views of Ripley castle from nearly every spot, with or without water:
Back in the village. The neo-gothic building was originally meant to be Ripley's "town hall" (not that it ever was a town!). It looked empty, with renovation works going on. I'd love to explore inside - doesn't it look like a house harbouring a dark secret, or the residence of a gentleman Vampire?
What a pretty place to sit and have a cup of tea!
See the starfish above the arch?
Nevertheless, it had been a great day out, and we were ready for the bus to take us back to Ripon.