The Aislabie Walk

  • Mist over Hackfall

    Mist over Hackfall

  • Valley near Mickley

    Valley near Mickley

  • The Fountain Hackfall

    The Fountain Hackfall

  • Rustic Temple Hackfall

    Rustic Temple Hackfall

  • The Banqueting House

    The Banqueting House Hackfall

  • Beech Tree Hackfall

    Beech Tree Hackfall

  • View to Masham Limehouse Hill Hackfall

    View to Masham Limehouse Hill Hackfall

  • Studley Royal Temple of Piety

    Studley Royal Temple of Piety

  • Studley Deer Park

    Studley Deer Park

  • Pond near to Mickley

    Pond near to Mickley

  • Braithwaite Hall

    Braithwaite Hall

  • Azerley Tower

    Azerley Tower

  • Weir

    Weir at Studley Royal

Ripon Runners set a target time

On Sunday 6th May 2012 a small group from local running club, Ripon Runners , set off to see how fast they could complete the Aislabie Walk.

Their Chairman, retired GP Chris Bennett did a recce of the route previously.

I was intrigued, so three weeks ago walked it with my son but stopping in Grewelthorpe for a pub lunch and refreshment. Including lunch, our time was about 8 hours. Even though this route is so near to Ripon, there were many sections I had never ventured on before, such as the valley and woodland route between Hackfall and Azerley. The Bluebells are almost at their pinnacle of Spring perfection so I suggest going soon but as a run of course!

The following week he persuaded two other members to tackle the course with him.

Last Sunday Paul Walker, Zak and I set off to do just that. At 3hrs 55mins it took longer than we’d expected but throwing the unfortunate dog over gates and stiles (plenty of these) along with map reading took up many minutes. Off-road shoes are recommended as there is abundant mud, especially in Hackfall.

So for anyone interested in taking on this challenge at speed there’s your target. 3 Hours 55 minutes.

If you beat it please do let me know the details.

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