Rejoining the River Swale to continue along Swaledale.

      

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The weather is overcast with slight drizzle as we head towards Marrick

      

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The ruins of Marrick Priory, built in the 12th century for a group of Benedictine nuns and was later dissolved by Henry VIII. 
It has recently been renovated, new buildings added and is now a youth adventure centre.

      

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The Nunsí Causey, a beautiful flagged medieval causeway which climbs steeply up through Steps Wood connecting Marrick Priory to Marrick village.
The causey is reputed to have 375 steps.

The light rain has bathed the woods with the wonderful smell of wild garlic. 

      

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The Nunsí Causey, a beautiful flagged medieval causeway

      

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Steps Wood is full of wild flowers - particularly bluebells and wild garlic.

      

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This is pheasant country.

      

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Looking back to Steps Wood.

      

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On the higher ground past Marrick.

      

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Between Marrick and Marske.

      

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Ellers Beck, a tributary to the River Swale  - midway between Marrick and Marske.

      

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Heading towards Applegarth Scar.
Applegarth Scar is a limestone crag situated on the Northern side of Swaledale about three quarters of a mile North East of the village of Marske.

      

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Looking back at Swaledale from the foot of Applegarth Scar.

      

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Richmond is just coming into view.

      

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Richmond is now in clear view.

Richmond was founded by the Normans in 1071 and the town grew up around the castle which was built on the 'riche-mont' or 'strong-hill' high above the River Swale.

      

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River Swale waterfalls at Richmond.

 

      

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River Swale waterfalls at Richmond.

      

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The River Swale with Richmond in the distance.

      

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