We felt it was a little too late to go for our favourite walk - to Fountains Abbey and back - and chose a route we'd not been on yet, just along the streets of Ripon and out to the fields at that end. Little Studley Road (which does not lead to either Studley Roger or Studley Royal) was quiet and leafy, but looked as if it ended at Little Studley park (holiday homes). We turned round and reached more fields after walking through a quiet, rather well-to-do neighbourhood.
Eventually, we arrived at the cemetery on Kirkby Road and made our way back into town from there.
Here are the pictures I took:
Quite by coincidence, we came across another part of Ripon's Sanctuary Way Walk:
I have written about it before.
On this cemetery (which does not all look like this part, trust me) we were surprised to find the graves of five German soldiers who must have been POWs in Ripon, as their dates of death were all in 1946 or 47, not during the war.
There were several rows of soldiers' graves from both World Wars. One of the boys was only 16; he had been a bugler and no military rank was given for him. Some others were 19 or in their early 20s; many were men who, judging from their age, most likely left behind a wife and children. Such a waste!
We did very much enjoy our first walk, though, and knew there was more to come.