Leader : Michael Brownbridge 8 Miles
Our group of 11 set off from the visitor centre at Fountains Abbey in the bright sunshine. We walked through the woods until we came to a pleasant clearing where we stopped for morning coffee.
We were near an old pump house building and Geoff gave an account of how Ripon became the last spa to be opened in England in 1905.The mineral water had to pumped through pipes to the city which is about 4 miles away so that the genteel folk from the area could ‘take the waters’.
We continued through the little village of Aldfield and stopped for lunch near Woodhouse Bridge.
It was then over field paths to join the road for a short distance at Galphay Mill Bridge. We then passed through Low Lindrick Farm to the deer park at Studley Royal. As it was a very hot day the deer had found a shady spot under some trees and bushes and would not come out to have their photos taken. Passing the beautiful St Mary’s church with it’s magnificent view down to Ripon cathedral we headed back to the car park.
Most of us cooled off with a well-earned ice cream from the visitor centre.