Ripley Castle in Monochrome

Ripley Castle in Monochrome
Ripley Castle in Monochrome

We popped to Ripley Casttle this afternoon and took some simple mono images, I hope you like them.

Ripley Castle in Monochrome.

I was messing around with mono filters and so have some different types of contract – let me know what you think?

Ripley Castle is a lovely spot, OK it’s a honey pot for tourists, but the guide was excellent and the gardens and deer paark are a joy; I just can’t wait for next year’s show….

http://www.ripleycastle.co.uk/

From their own website – Ripley Castle and Gardens, situated 3 miles from Harrogate in North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is an historic attraction open to the public all year round and makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out, in a beautiful location.

The Castle also makes the perfect setting for any corporate entertaining event whether it be a meeting or dinner. The setting is stunning, the service is friendly and efficient, and the catering is exceptional.

So here are my pictures, all taken on a rather overcast Sunday afternoon on a Leica M type 240, with Summilux 50mm 1:1.4 ASPH lens at ISO 800

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Nunnington Hall is fabulous!

Entrance to Nunnington Hall
Entrance to Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall is fabulous!

Nunnington Hall is fabulous!
Nunnington Hall is fabulous!

Nunnington Hall is a proper great day out for all the family – on a recent visit we reflected that we have not been back here for about 20 years; while the the children are all grown up now, there is still so much to do for a couple of empty nesters!

Something for everyone at Nunnington Hall
Something for everyone at Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall has beautuful gardens that have something for everyone

Lovely wild frowers at Nunnington Hall
Lovely wild frowers at Nunnington Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famed for its picturesque location, organic walled garden with spring-flowering meadows, flamboyant resident peacocks and a changing programme of exclusive and high profile art and photography exhibitions, Nunnington Hall offers something for everyone to enjoy.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nunnington-hall/

There is a lot of stuff for kids in the grounds and gardens – especially liked the working ‘cutting’ garden part with a mud pie kitchen and potting sheds for the children.

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The male and femaale scarcrows in the cutting garden are a sight to behold!

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Wild flowers provide a home for all the insects and butterflies, some of which are amazing even on a rather overcast last day of August.

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The peacocks roam free in the grounds, both males and female with her two little chicks tucked under the wing for safety.

Mother Peacock at Nunnington Hall
Mother Peacock at Nunnington Hall

 

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One of the highlights is the amazing Carlisle Collection of miniature rooms on the top floor – these incredibly complex room sets were put together with such skill it is hard upon examination to differentiate them from the real thing – I took some pictures below of the study, the nursery and one of the sitting rooms.

Carlisle Collection at Nunnington Hall
Carlisle Collection at Nunnington Hall
The Nursery - Carlisle Collection at Nunnington Hall
The Nursery – Carlisle Collection at Nunnington Hall

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The National Trust have a changing programme of exhibitions in our Top Floor Gallery. This year including, the British Wildlife Photography awards, World War One Centenary, Children’s Illustration, Matt the Daily Telegraph Cartoonist and a new feature – Art for Christmas.

Inside the house there is a lot to see

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And outside, the walled gardens include a lovely open tea room area as well as the riverbank and lawns with ample spots for picnics and easy access to the grounds from an adjoining carpark via a small footbridge over the river.

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All in all a great day out on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and away from the tourist traps of Kirbymoorside and Helmsley.

Well Done National Trust – nothing changes in 20 years, and that is a good thing!

Easy to get to via the A170 in North Norkshire
Easy to get to via the A170 in North Norkshire

Rievaulx Terrace – not too exciting…

Rievaulx Terrace is not the most exciting NT trip we have taken; in fact it was a bit of a let down.

I would go as far as saying the artwork on the woodland walk was probably the highlight…

Artwork in the woods
Artwork in the woods

 

 

Rievaulx Terrace – not too exciting…

Apart from a couple of views of the Abbey coupled to two tired old buildings at either end of the terrace, there is not a lot happening.

Rievaulx Terrace - not too exciting...
Rievaulx Terrace – not too exciting…

On our quest to take in all 25 national Trust properties in Yorkshire this year, we have to visit the good, the bad and the ugly…

Rievaulx Terrace - not too exciting...
Rievaulx Terrace – not too exciting…

This terrace is tedious, I think you will agree having looked at these snaps.

It’s almost as though the NT felt they had to get one over on the Abbey in the bottom of the Dale below – would have been better not to bother in my humble opinion.

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Usha Gap base camp

Camped with our mates in Swaledale again last weekend at this fantastic campsite.

Usha Gap camp site is a winner, even when it rains!
Usha Gap camp site is a winner, even when it rains!

Usha Gap base camp

The weather was horrific, but when did that ever stop anyone having a good time?

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Campfires, wine and some nice steaks on the barbeque – so no worries re a damp night under canvas, this is the place to be!

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And when it stops raining you can take a lovely 5 mile walk up and down Upper Swaledale, taking in Muker and other villages; there is always the ‘Farmers Arms’ in Muker – a 10 minute walk away if you can’t face getting the washing up done.

Usha Gap is a great camp site – no electricity, you are back to nature and near some nice new toilet and washing up blocks on a family run friendly site in deepest North Yorkshire dales.

What ids not to love?

Book here…..http://www.ushagap.co.uk/

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Whernside with @MediaComUK

Whernside with @MediaComUK
Whernside with @MediaComUK

A top team of walkers from MediaCom Leeds toppled the Yorkshire Three Peaks this weekend – I joined them for the middle peak; Whernside.

Whernside with @MediaComUK

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So proud of these guys, raising money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance – walking 25 miles in 11 hours and taking in these 3 beauties, as well as dragging me up the middle one – well done!

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