Ripley - Nidderdale Way - Low Kettle Spring - Bedlam - Ripley

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This walk guide was originally created by Graham Wilson but Walkingworld are very grateful for Phil Catterall to be taking over this route, February 2022.

A circular walk taking in a chunk of the Nidderdale Way. The route takes you through woodland, open fields and pastoral land and returns alongside a deer-park. There are good views from part of the route and at grid reference 284631 an ancient engraved standing stone can be found - lying on the ground. Ripley itself is a quaint little Yorkshire village, popular with the tourists and therefore offering several food and drink outlets. If you have time, the village has a museum and castle to its name. The deer-park belongs to the castle.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Nidderdale


Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Toilets, Wildlife
29/09/2020 - Stephen Douglass

Just a fab walk on what was probably the last sunny summers day of 2020. Clearly marked and with wonderful views all the way round. Be sure to turn immediate left before the farm and follow the field downhill to the stream.

03/06/2016 - Wayne Lines

Really nice walk. Didn't see 'loads of red kites' but we did get a spectacular close up of just one of them. My phone app, which may not be 100% accurate, makes the walk 6.44 miles rather than 5, but the height gain of 500 feet (with which my legs agreed) rather than 32.81 feet!

07/02/2014 - MIKE DUDLEY

Not a bad walk - more undulating than I expected. Cool and grey February day, and very wet under foot. This made some of the paths very clarty, and with an adverse camber! You do not see a named 'Nidderdale Way' sign until about point 5. Up until then just follow the white/blue curlew roundel. Between 3-6 is probably the best bit. Fast unpleasant road section between 7 & 8. Thankfully no bull on this day! To avoid any confusion, once you reach the deer wall (between points 14 &15), just follow it effectively all the way back. Ripley is a nice village but suffers from nearby busy roads. In summer, I imagine it might live up to the name of the hamlet on this walk, i.e. Bedlam! Good food in the Boar's Head (which allows dogs in), and great ice cream across the road. Birds - loads of red kites, buzzards, fieldfares and redwings. Also heron and yellowhammer.

18/08/2011 - jenny pryor

Did this walk this afternoon and had to make a detour. There was a bull in the field at point 9 and no footpath signed here at all. There were warnings of 'beef bulls' at point 8 and cattle on the farm track. We got the feeling that walkers were being discouraged on this stretch. We continued on Nidderdale Way and caught up with route later.

21/09/2007 - Sean Diver

I completed this walk this afternoon, some great scenery to be seen and Ripley village centre is a great place, the scenery diverts your attention from road walking, completed in 135 mins. Seán Diver 21.09.07

07/09/2004 - Stephen Booker

On holiday recently our family completeted Walk 1141. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk, the instructions were clear and accurate. We would like to contribute a missing picture (Picture 11) to improve the walk instructions.

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