Saturday, 22 July 2017

Ripon Canal

We arrived back home here in Ludwigsburg Thursday evening; as the bells of the nearby church struck 6:00, I put the key in my front door. It had been a rather smooth trip of just under 9 hours from Ripon, with our buses, trains and planes being mostly right on time. Usually, I am not one for seeking the cheapest option, but Ryanair are the only ones to offer a direct flight from Stuttgart to Manchester (and back, of course) these days. Also, I must say the only negative thing I can say about them is their highly inefficient way of managing the whole bag drop-off process at the airport in Manchester: First, you have to use self-service machines to weigh, check in and tag your own bags, and of course you have to queue for them. Then, you have to queue AGAIN to - get this - have your bag weighed once more by a member of staff behind the counter, from where a conveyor takes it (the bag, not the member of staff) to the people who load the plane with all the luggage.
So, queuing twice for a task that you have already performed (and you as a passenger are already checkd in anyway, seeing as you've done it online already days ago) seems a really daft way of handling things. Why offer self-service if you still need members of staff?
Apart from that, I have no complaints about Ryanair; all staff I have met so far were friendly and knew what they were doing, the plane was clean, the seats comfortable enough for such a short flight with more leg room than what you get on, say, an average Airberlin or even Lufthansa flight.

Right - back to topic!
Our walk back from Bishop Monkton to Ripon was partly along the same route along the river Ure, but then instead of walking again through Littlethorpe, we stayed on the path that leads along the two miles of Ripon Canal and ends right in the city.

Come with me for more pictures of grassy paths, flowers on river banks and so on :-)

Crab apples, I think

Renton Bridge

Back in Ripon

Sorry - couldn't get a better perspective, as the road was very busy with cars at that time

The end of Ripon Canal

This had been another great day out, with better weather than it may look in some of the pictures. Bishop Monkton is definitely I place I can imagine returning to.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Bishop Monkton

The pictures of this post were all taken in Bishop Monkton last week Friday.

Several place names around here begin with "Bishop"; with Fountains Abbey, Ripon Cathedral and several other large abbeys (not to forget York minster) all within reasonable travel distance even in medieval times, this area was a centre of religious activity for centuries.

Bishop Monkton is a small village, very picturesque, with two pubs, a church, a school and - I am sure - a shop, although we did not come past one.

This is for John (Scriptor Senex)

Nice wheelie bin, huh?

We stopped at the Mason's Arms for a late lunch, which was excellent, and then had a good look around, went into the church and walked across the church yard before heading back to Ripon.

Leaving in 10 minutes for what is probably going to be a 9-hour-trip back home... But there are more posts about this year's Yorkshire Holiday to come!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Walk to Bishop Monkton

Now that I have finally finished my posts about last week Thursday, we can move on to Friday, the 14th of July.

As you can see, it was a good day weather-wise - ideal for walking; not too hot, but not threatening with rain, either. We decided to take one of the walks suggested in a little guide book my sister gave me for Christmas (or a birthday?) a couple of years ago, and walked via Littlethorpe to Bishop Monkton.

Renton Bridge

Newby Hall

Good part of the route was along the river Ure, with glimpses of Newby Hall. (If you want to know more about this beautiful stately home and its gardens, simply type "Newby Hall" in the search box at the top left corner of my blog; we've been there a few years ago.)

The path was more or less well-kept and rather overgrown at times, but it was dry and we enjoyed the solitude and greenness around us.

My next post will show you Bishop Monkton, a really pretty village where I'd not been before.