No doubt about it- street art is alive and well in Knaresborough. Perhaps you remember my interrupted visit earlier this year, when I discovered it’s many windows? Recently I was able to return to collect a few more, determined to make it to the other bank of the River Nidd this time. Leaving the town and castle perched high over the river, let’s get down to Waterside. The weather isn’t any better than last time, but still it’s a beautiful scene.
Despite the dullness of the day, people are still messing about in boats, and marvelling at the antiquity of this town. Did you read the Old Manor House plaque? The chequerboard building is an extraordinary sight.
Let’s cross over High Bridge. When compared with the Railway Viaduct, it isn’t very high at all. On the far shore Knaresborough Forest once provided hunting grounds for royalty. My target today is Ma Shipton’s Cave. Open since 1630, this is said to be England’s oldest visitor attraction.
Past the ghouls and into the woodland we go, following a winding path. Through the trees I can just make out the rushing weir, more audible than visible. Once a mill wheel turned on the opposite bank, where today smart residences overlook the river.
I wondered why the tree was so sad. Perhaps it was the youngsters hammering coins into the coin tree. Or maybe it was missing former friends here on Beech Avenue, site of some of the tallest beech trees in the country, dating back to 1739.
As it’s school holidays I shouldn’t be surprised to find several characters awaiting me in the woods. Maid Marian was particularly charming. Not so sure about the Sheriff! He seemed to be guarding the entrance to the cave and the petrifying well. A strange place, if ever I saw one.
If you read the signboards you will realise what an extraordinary character was Mother Shipton. Born in this cave in 1488, as she grew older her prophetic visions inspired awe and fear. She foretold both the invasion and defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, and the Great Fire of London in 1666. The Petrifying Well is a unique geological phenomenon, where cascading water turns everyday objects into stone. More details, including how to get here, can be found on www.mothershipton.co.uk.
There’s definitely an atmosphere in those woods and I felt lucky to escape the wrath of the Sheriff. Happily there was a very nice establishment where I could get my breath back. I hope you enjoyed walking with me.
Thanks for your company everyone. Blue skies have definitely changed to grey here, but we’ll put the kettle on and keep smiling. Lots of lovely walks to share this week. Please do visit, especially if there’s someone you don’t know. Join me anytime on Jo’s Monday walk.
Let’s start with Cathy, because I missed her out last week. A sad story, but some stunning scenery :
Liz and I share a love of the Algarve, but here’s somewhere else we both know and like :
Eunice enjoys a blue sky walk in her local English countryside :
Why not enjoy a relaxed lakeside stroll with Alice, in South Carolina?
Or join Janet in the peace and beauty of her watery world :
You know I love a sunrise. Rupali watches it rise in a special place :
While Artfulinguist lingers over sunset in the most beautiful of bays :
Lady Lee is off to the Philippines soon and will be so happy to be home with Mum :
Colline joins us with a spectacular firework display from the Eiffel Tower- don’t miss it!
While Geoff and Dog pace out the bridges of London. An excellent way to exercise!
Poor Mel has had a rough time up till now, but there’s finally a reward for all the effort :
More serious hikers, meet Patrick and Paige, and the butterfly socks!
Nadine gamely carries on, and reminds me what a very beautiful part of the world I live in :
Finishing off with more rugged and beautiful terrain with our Cathy :
That’s it, folks! Enjoy, and I’ll see you all next week. Take care till then. Almost forgot to link to Sami at Monday Mural!