I love the Stag of North Stainley; a sculpture constructed entirely of bicycle parts, creating our village symbol, the Stag of North Stainley and the Staveley family; made by local folk to celebrate the Tour de France passing through the village in 2014.
The Stag of North Stainley comes alive at Christmas time with a red nose and the village Christmas tree lit up in close proximity.
Stag of North Stainley
Thought you may like some snaps I took of the Stag of North Stainley today.
The sun was shining and the wind was blowing, Masham sheep fair had been ticked off and it was a Sunday; it was time for a Wensleydale day out.
Bolton Castle always offers some amazing photographic opportunities; so this time we ventured into the castle as well as out and about walking between Aysgarth falls, Redmire and the surrounding lower Wensleydale rolling dale.
What a great place to visit, if you live round the corner like us, or you are coming from farther afield – Wensleydale is absolutely beautiful, unspoilt and full of interesting history.
It’s not the first time I have featured Castle Bolton, bit on a sunny day like this, there is no better place to be with my Leica.
Last year we went to Ripley Show for the first time, it was fantastic and we made a date for the calendar to be there again in 2016.
Ripley Show gets better every year.
Well that date arrived, faster than you can say ‘organic produce’ so we packed up our picnic and made the most of another beautiful Yorkshire day; and I am proud to report that Ripley Show gets better every year.
There’s something for everyone at Ripley Show
The cattle this year were amazing, this beautiful Aberdeen Angus was my favourite beast of the whole show, majestic and absolutely huge!
The animals are great, especially the pigs and sheep, but the tractors and assorted old machinery are also well worth a look including the carriage driving and vintage cars.
No excuse for many similar pictures to last year!
– all in a all great day out, Ripley Show gets better every year!
Well done to all the organisers, exhibitors and competitors.
Everybody is out this weekend looking to photograph some Studley Royal rutting.
Seeing some Studley Royal rutting yesterday was the high point of a man-flu laden weekend. A short walk on an autumnal Sunday in this majestic space was a lovely way to get some fresh air and see the beautiful deer inhabitants of this great park.
Lots of deer on view as well as all the best Autumn has to offer, some words below from the NT website.
Autumn at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
Autumn has arrived with an explosion of colour in the garden and deer park at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal in North Yorkshire. Known for its autumn colour, the grounds are breath-taking each autumn, and this year is no exception.
The months of October and November are perfect for a walk through the acres of red, orange, gold and green woodland which surrounds the ponds and canals of the Georgian Water Garden. Run through the crunchy fallen leaves, find the biggest conkers and acorns, and discover some fantastic fungi from shaggy inkcaps to chicken of the woods!
Use one of our wildlife spotter sheets to discover birds that make the estate their winter home, spot which deer is which by the colour of their rumps, and take a look inside a fallen tree to see what bugs you can discover.
Please remember that during the months of October, November and December it is the annual deer rut in the park. The mating season can make the male stags and bucks aggressive and territorial so make sure you keep your distance and do not approach the deer.
We’re open every day apart from Fridays in November, December and January.
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
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!
Nunnington Hall has beautuful gardens that have something for everyone
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.
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.
The male and femaale scarcrows in the cutting garden are a sight to behold!
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.
The peacocks roam free in the grounds, both males and female with her two little chicks tucked under the wing for safety.
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.
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
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.
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!
Camped with our mates in Swaledale again last weekend at this fantastic campsite.
Usha Gap base camp
The weather was horrific, but when did that ever stop anyone having a good time?
Campfires, wine and some nice steaks on the barbeque – so no worries re a damp night under canvas, this is the place to be!
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.
Famous now of course for the first stage of the Tour de France, which whizzed through in July 2014 on the first stage of the race, having dropped down into Swaledale through Buttertubs pass.
In the village, the pub is the Farmers Arms, and does a great pint of Black Sheep. Muker also has a village shop as well as craft shops and a café. Originally the Vicarage, the Muker village tea shop was built in 1680 and retains much of its ‘Olde worlde charm’ today. A Park Information Point for the Yorkshire Dales National Park can be found at the Muker Village store.
Here are some shots from the weekend spent camping at Usha Gap campsite, well worth a trip at any time of the year, we will be back soon.
A bit about Muker from Wikipedia…
The traditional late 18th and early 19th century barns and drystone walls of Swaledale are the most characteristic feature of the landscape. The flower-rich hay meadows around Muker are of international importance and are carefully protected. Farmers receive grants which allow them to farm the land by traditional methods, without using artificial fertilizers.
Muker is also home to the Muker Silver Band, a brass band formed in 1897. The band, which recently celebrated its hundredth anniversary, is now one of the last surviving bands in Swaledale and Wensleydale, and still maintains a busy calendar of public appearances.
It was succeeded in 1841, inside the walls, by what is now York old railway station. In due course, the irksome requirement that through trains between London and Newcastle needed to reverse out of the old York station to continue their journey necessitated the construction of a new through station outside the walls.
This was the present station, designed by the North Eastern Railway architects Thomas Prosser and William Peachey, which opened in 1877. It had 13 platforms and was at that time the largest station in the world.
As part of the new station project, the Royal Station Hotel (now The Royal York Hotel), designed by Peachey, opened in 1878. In 1909 new platforms were added, and in 1938 the current footbridge was built and the station resignalled.
On one occasion, on 29 April 1942, 800 passengers had to be evacuated from a Kings Cross-Edinburgh train which arrived during a bombing raid.On the same night, two railway workers were killed, one being station foreman William Milner (born 1900), who died after returning to his burning office to collect his first aid kit.
He was posthumously awarded the King’s commendation for gallantry. A plaque in his memory has been erected at the station.
The station was extensively repaired in 1947.
I first went there as a baby in 1963, there was always a big Christmas tree and presents for everyone underneath it.
Of course it’s a lot busier now, and not how I remember it, but it still has that magnificent roof that always brings me back, and with a wider lens I could really do it justice.
Brimham Rocks are balancing rock formations on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England. The rocks stand at a height of nearly 30 metres in an area owned by the National Trust which is part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wikipedia
They can be found here – Ripon Road Barn Blazefield, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Yorkshire HG3 4DW
Honestly, i have not been for so long they really amazed me today – a fantastic 2 mile walk around the edge of the moor, away from the crowds, there are some amazing rocks and the views across Nidderdale is awesome.
Here are 20 photos that should get you interested – everyone should go!
Inspired by his Grand Tour, John Bourchier created Beningbrough , an Italian Palace nestled between York, Harrogate and Leeds. The impressive rooms are a perfect backdrop for the rich collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, Beningbrough’s long-term partner. The paintings feature people who have made, and are making, British history and culture, and in 2015 include contemporary portraits in a display of ‘Royals: then and now’.
A working walled garden, grand herbaceous borders, sweeping lawns and a play area for children to let off steam, creates a year-round garden. Picture-postcard views can be seen from the garden and the parkland offers opportunities to explore riverside walks, ancient trees and discover hidden wildlife.
One of the best places in Yorkshire to spend any weekend…
Beautiful conditions for a walk at Fountains Abbey this weekend, so we have been on both Saturday and Sunday to make the most of this lovely weather and take some snaps along the way – I don’t think anyone has taken photo’s here before!
The National Trust are managing a national treasure here!
A lovely spot indeed, and what better way to get there than in a demonstrator Discovery from Land Rover Ripon – I really want one of these!
We walked our legs off around the deer park this weekend, taking in the beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife.
There is a lot to see for groups, with an activity centre, playground and picnic area, I can imagine returning in warmer weather to sit and watch the world go by.
A great place for a school trip I should think – if only I was 40 years younger!
After descending the hill to the west entrance, the magnificent Fountains Hall can be visited.
The house was built by Stephen Proctor between 1598 and 1604, partly with stone from the abbey ruins. It is an example of late Elizabethan architecture, perhaps influenced by the work of Robert Smythson. After Proctor’s death in 1619, Fountains Hall passed into the possession of the Messenger family, who sold it to William Aislabie of neighbouring Studley Royal 150 years later. Fountains Hall became redundant as the Aislabie family remained at Studley Royal. It was leased to tenants and at one time parts of it were used for farm storage.
The hall was renovated and modernised between 1928 and 1931, and the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) often stayed there as guests of Lady Doris Vyner, wife of the Marquess of Ripon and sister to the then-current Duke of Richmond and Gordon.
During the Second World War, Fountains Hall and other estate buildings were used to house evacuees. Studley Royal became the wartime home of Queen Ethelburga’s School from Harrogate and the school’s sanatorium was at Fountains Hall. The stable block and courtyard, was used for dormitories while one corner became the school chapel, at which Sunday Evensong was regularly said by the Archdeacon of Ripon. The hall has a balcony although it cannot be used because the staircase is considered unsafe for the public.
The Vyner Family
Vyner Memorial Window in staircase
The Vyners lost a son and a daughter in the Second World War; Charles was a Royal Naval Reserve pilot missing in action near Rangoon. Elizabeth was a member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and died of lethargic encephalitis while on service in Felixstowe, Suffolk. There is a sculpture remembering them which can be seen as one comes out of the house down the stone steps.
Elizabeth Vyner WRNS – Died on Active Service June 3rd 1942 Aged 18 years. Also her brother Charles De Grey Vyner Sub Lieut (A) RNVR Reported missing from Air Operations Off Rangoon May 2nd 1945 Aged 19 Years.
We will remember them
Once you have mavigated the Hall, it’s time for a cuppa and a look around the Mill – this is where the monks milled their wheat and contains many working models and a waterwheel.
And then it’s time to walk around the Abbey, although you will not be alone if it’s a sunny day like today!
Fountains Abbey is one of the most photographed sites in England, for good reason.
But there is a lot more to this place than the ruined Abbey.
The Water Garden at Studley Royal
The water garden at Studley Royal created by John Aislabie in 1718 is one of the best surviving examples of a Georgianwater garden in England. It was expanded by his son, William who purchased the adjacent Fountains Estate. The garden’s elegant ornamental lakes, canals, temples and cascades provide a succession of dramatic eye-catching vistas. It is also studded with a number of follies including a neo-Gothic castle and a palladian style banqueting house.
St Marys church in the Studley Royal Estate
The Anglican church of St Mary’s was the religious masterpiece of architect William Burges.
The richly decorated Victorian Gothic church was commissioned in 1870 by the first Marquess and Marchioness of Ripon to commemorate the Marchioness’ brother who had been allegedly murdered in Greece.
St Mary’s Church was one of two, late Victorian, memorial churches in Yorkshire, built by the family of the First Marquess of Ripon in memory of Frederick Grantham Vyner. The other is the Church of Christ the Consoler at Skelton-on-Ure, and the architect of both wasWilliam Burges. Vyner was murdered by Greek bandits in 1870 and his mother, Lady Mary Vyner, and sister, Lady Ripon, used the unspent ransom, gathered to obtain his release, to build two churches in Vyner’s memory on their respective Yorkshire estates. Burges’ appointment as architect was most likely due to the connection between his greatest patron, John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute and Vyner, who had been friends at Oxford. St Mary’s, on Lady Ripon’s estate at Studley Royal, was commissioned in 1870 and work began in 1871. The church was consecrated in 1878. As at Skelton, Burges’ design demonstrates a move from his favoured Early-French, to an English style.Pevsner writes of “a Victorian shrine, a dream of Early English glory.” The interior is spectacular, exceeding Skelton in richness and majesty. The stained glass is of particularly high quality. St Mary’s is Burges’ “ecclesiastical masterpiece.”
So what is stopping you? I can’t recommend Fountains Abbey enough, have a look at the National Trust website and make some time to get there this year, I will finish with some more photos and I look forward to snapping more deer and the open spaces for my next visit to Studley Royal.
OK, I could not resist including some of my photos from a visit earlier in Autumn 2014, and Boxing Day also…thanks for reading and let me have your comments.
If you are looking for a town that has everything, you have children and preferably at least one dog, then Ilkley is a great place to be.
In addition, you will need a disposable income that enables you to visit Betty’s Tea Rooms at least once a week, and a love of food, and real Yorkshire ale.
One year on, and It’s great to see that Ilkley is as popular as ever, Wharfedale is a fantastic place to live, and Ilkley is the jewel in the crown with its own rail link to Leeds (unlike Ripon), amazing scenery, propper shops and a booming property scene.
A place I have visited so many times, as a kid, as a grown-up, a brother, a son, an uncle and a silly old man with a rangefinder camera; Bridlington is inextricably linked to my family; it is a place that evokes strong memories and continues to divide loyalties with so many conflicting views on the land that time forgot.
Bridlington is not always viewed favourably and is seen at best as ‘a cultural magnet to the rich and famous’ indeed you could argue that it fully deserves the title Bridlington; the land that time forgot.
http://www.timeout.com/travel/features/595/britains-other-best-towns. Once home to the largest Lada car park in Western Europe, Bridlington now has a world-class marina only a few feet from a medieval old town jammed with convivial hostelries. Alan Bennett comes here for fish and chips in the shadow of Flamborough Head’s chalk cliffs and David Hockney is in residence. Hockney’s recent paintings of the Yorkshire Wolds publicised the area’s understated beauty.
and at worst as ‘The Chav Capital of the UK’
http://www.ilivehere.co.uk/bridlington-chav-capital-of-the-uk-without-doubt.html. A random patchwork of violent council estates and traveller sites by the murky waters of the North Sea makes this town one of the worst places to live in England even before the extra bonus of the entire Giro cashing population of Hull, Sheffield & Doncaster (three of the nastiest towns in the north) decamping here for the summer months.
Whatever the view, and whatever the weather, Bridlington is an amazing place to take some photos that truly reflect the state our nation has got itself into. I will let my Leica and the sea breeze do the talking.
Let me have your views on my photos and these comments, good and bad, I would love to compare notes on this rarest of places.
North Stainley is a place I could see myself living in. A small Trumpton-like village four miles north of Ripon on the A6108, it has a lot going for it.
A couple of recent trips have left me feeling that this is a propper community where everyone is propper Yorkshire; friendly and helpfull. The seem to be happy families, a relatively solid and stable population, and a lot of things to do in the surrounding area.
This is a village that looks a bit like Trumpton with many new houses arranged around a cricket pitch, village hall, church of England school and church. We first visited in June 2014 and then came back to camp at Lightwater Valley theme park, situated next door to the village and join in the fun as the Tour de France passed through on the 1st day of the tour en route from le Grande Depart in Leeds to a Harrogate finish on the Stray.
There will be more pictures once I update my blog.
We have been camping again, following a great trip to Lightwater Valley while the tour was on, we have now returned and camped at Woodhouse Valley Farm, near Grantley, Ripon. It looked close by on the map, but needed an extreme off road cross-country expedition to find!
The purpose of these trips has been to get in with the locals and find where to potentially buy a house – and finally move back to Yorkshire.
So what better way to get back into the swing of things, than to pitch up a small tent, get out your folding table and fry up some bacon and eggs, while reading the Ripon Gazette
Once you have had five coffees and the first roll-up of the day, then clearly it is time to pack up, get out and do battle – and that means heading into town on two wheels or four, the choice is yours.
Ripon is a city with an amazing cathedral and a propper working market square, the centre for all commercial and social activity. There is always something going on, a band playing, a fair, a market, or a protest or celebration of some sort.
Better grab a sausage roll from Greggs and a coffee from Costa, and just sit back and do some people watching.
On seperate weekends in June and July we have found ourselves caught up in both the Armed Forces Day and the festival of St. Wilfred, founder of the cathedral, when he and his monks are paraded through Ripon town centre, followed by an array of floats, bands and local dignatories.
We headed off into deepest Yorkshire in February for some Wensleydale Capers…
In Hawes, the Wensleydale creamery really is a great day out with something to do for everyone, great walking country from Hawes, again visiting various sites where the tour de France will be coming later this year, the Yorkshire dales at their best.
From Hawes starting a10 mile circular walk along the Pennine Way, taking in the ancient Green Dragon Pub and famous Hardraw Force waterfall.
Following a creamy pint of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord ale, you gain access through the pub to the amazing waterfall at the rear.
A bustling market town, supporting many shops, pubs and restaurants. The centre of the community for us was Richardson’s fine food store, with everything from local grown vegetables and well-butchered meat, to every shade of Yorkshire cheese, a vast array of everyday groceries, and a fine upstairs wine department that could put Waitrose to shame
A 2002 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac did the trick accompanying some lovely local lamb cutlets, sealing the deal on a most enjoyable trip