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Nidd Hall and Ripley Castle.


We booked a short break on the spur of the moment, for a 3 nights break last Friday staying at Nidd Hall.
We were really lucky with the weather.
The grounds at Nidd Hall were pleasant to walk through and although it’s only February there were lots of signs that spring is on it’s way. I forgot my camera, would you believe but at least I had my phone to take a few shots.

The walk down to the lake..

I loved this hedgehog….

These trees were a weird colour as you walked into the shade…

Just had to use the adults only swings didn’t I. T took snaps of me using the outdoor fitness machines but Homebird collapsed in a heap is not attractive…

We intended visiting Mother Shipton’s Cave while we were up that way but it wasn’t open until next month.
We decided instead to have a look around Ripley Castle….but the castle was closed except to private parties…Never mind, we really enjoyed the walk around the grounds as there were lots of snowdrops out.. and by the way you can visit the park and gardens for free daily until March 31st. I didn’t get any photos of the lake but was surprised this photo of the weir came out.

We then walked into the walled garden to the Cacti and Palm House.

..and in to the orchid house.

..and last but not least we walked around the bare vegetable garden and orchard where I spotted this magnificent Eucalyptus tree.

What a really nice weekend it has been. :o)

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Thank you Homebird. Hope the food was nice too.

21 Feb, 2017


Hb, did you stay at an adults only hotel? The company beginning with W? It looks a wonderful place, love those Snowdrops and the photo of the weir is great.

21 Feb, 2017


What could be nicer than a wood of Snowdrops, a wood of English bluebells maybe. Liked the Cymbidiums. Thanks for sharing.

21 Feb, 2017


Thanks Dianne, Shirley and Siris. It was the one you are thinking of Shirley. The food was nice Dianne with plenty of variety.
I always look forward to seeing the English Bluebells coming up in the woods Siris. No finer sight nor scent.

21 Feb, 2017


Lovely. Don't we just snowdrops.

21 Feb, 2017


Nice to go away for a break on the last minute and it looks as if you had a very enjoyable time. The snowdrops are lovely.
I too love bluebell woods but will have to wait patiently for those!

21 Feb, 2017


Thanks Hb ... we have stayed at a couple and found them to be really good ... :o)

22 Feb, 2017


Good to have a break in February, it can be bleak can't it? thanks for sharing with us.....

22 Feb, 2017

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