Sunday morning – a lie-in is allowed – Andrew Marr Show catches my interest. Telephone call prompt urges quick leap to shower – meeting my walking friend, Nicola, in Ripley at 10.30 this morning.
Confusion over meeting place sorted. Nicola amicably agrees to start with coffee as I haven’t had breakfast. Pinnocks Coffee House in the centre of the high street draws the eye.
I’m treated to a fresh, nutty, and tasty almond croissant that accompanies our delicious coffees from the huge choice available. Finding a comfortable space among the settees and armchairs in the beamed upstairs area we settle into our catch-up: the locals are lucky to have this cosy meeting place on their doorsteps.
Re-invigorated, we walk beside the cricket green, past the children’s play area, across fields, over a wooden bridge, through a copse of trees, returning by a more direct path towards Ripley High Street. We are struck by the friendliness of dog-walking locals, and walkers without dogs. Ripley Village is full of historical buildings and well worth a visit. A pleasant place to while away a few hours.