Across the rivers, in the V of the Ouse and the Nidd is Beningborough Hall, a stately home now run by The National Trust. In winter you can see it from here, but in summer the leaves of the trees hide it from view.
Across the Ouse only, is Moor Monkton - "twin" village of Nun Monkton. That village has no pub though ;-)
Here's the confluence of the two rivers. To the right and away into the distance is the Ouse. York is to the right and Newton and Linton is up in the distance. To the left runs the Nidd, which would eventually take us to Knaresborough.
This is a popular stopping point for boats as it marks the effective limit of navigation. The Ouse is tricky beyond this point and the Nidd is not recommended at all.
Go up towards the church and turn right towards a rather posh looking garage. At the garage, turn left through a gate and there is a path down to the river.
On the way down this path, on the left against a wall, is a marker for the floot heights. At the end of the path is a small grassy area where you can see the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Nidd.
The church at Nun Monkton is quite unusual. It's also very difficult to photograph because it is surrounded by huge trees. The best I could do is this one of the churchyard.
The church is unusual because it is built without aisles or a chancel arch (like I know what one of those is :-S). All I know is that I liked it, and that it did look a bit different to the usual church interior.
If the village green and the duckpond are amongst the biggest I have seen, then the maypole is made to match. It stands some 20m tall and is decorated with green & white stripes.
Apparently it is no longer used for maypole dancing and is purely decorative.
Favorite thing: In the middle of the village green (or to one side to be more precise) is the duck pond. The size of some small lakes it is populated by a variety of waterfowl from the usual mallards to muscovy ducks, snow geese and greylag geese (and some strange looking, aggressive cross breeds :-S)
Favorite thing: Nun Monkton is situated in the Lower Nidderdale along the course of the River Nidd which flows towards the River Ouse at Nun Monkton. Nun Monkton once housed a small community of Benedictine nuns and was founded in the middle of the 12th century - the parish church formerly belonging to this Benedictine nunnery.
31st May 2003 and this peaceful village was invaded by several VT members:
In attendance were Steve and Susan Tilly, Hayward68 (Laura visiting ffrom Canada again :-) ) Cheekymarieh (Marie) who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first tme.
My brother VT member Mickos was also present with his wife Amy and of course my husband Dave made up the party.
They reckon I took a lot of pics - well I did, but I wasn't the only one!!
The village was host to a VT meeting of several members - sandysmith, steventilly,susantilly, hayward68 and myself. It gave us a chance to relax together over some food and drink.
It gave me the opportunity to discover that Sandy is never without a camera in her hand.
After a hard day's sightseeing all you want to do is sit and relax somewhere nice, with good friends and a cold beer.
Happy to oblige :-)
Favorite thing: The ducks naturally want feeding when you turn up, so it might be a good idea to take some bread along. They'll pester you even if you have no food, so you may as well take some ;-)
Favorite thing: The focal point of any good English village is the village green. The green at Nun Monkon is some 18 acres and is the biggest that I have ever seen.
Fondest memory: We'd dressed up in mediaeval costumes in York for a VT group photo with a difference but we couldn't all take it home....so we got a copy ;-)
Favorite thing: Well after our short stroll we decided to sit and wait for the pub to open so we could enjoy a meal here. Guess all that walking around York had made us weary.
Favorite thing: Well we never seem to sit still for long and soon we had a stroll down to the river and back - only cos the pub wasn't open yet!