Ripon Cathedral looked splendid when I called last week. Daffodils out in the grounds, spring in the air and the sun shining through those magnificent windows. I’m not a religious man but I love to visit Yorkshire’s great religious buildings for their history and architecture. Just a few days after being in Ripon I was in upper Wharfedale and couldn’t resist poking my nose into the little church of St Mary’s at Conistone. The scale is very different but history still oozes from the walls and while the cathedral sits in a busy built up area St Mary’s looks out across the quiet valley to Kilnsey Crag.
I hope you read this in time to take advantage of a special annual event at Ripon Cathedral on Bank Holiday Monday (May 3)… a beer festival which will be held in the grounds. It runs from 11.30am to 6pm and there will be 35 northern beers to try out (best not to sample a pint of every one) plus food, music and childrens’ entertainment. Proceeds will go towards Cathedral maintenance.

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