Roman road excavated outside Harrogate

The excavation is taking place outside Ripley.
The excavation is taking place outside Ripley.

A team of archaeologists are excavating part of the Roman road at Ripley.

The newly discovered road cutting is on the Roman road from Ilkley to Aldborough (Margary 720b), where it passes through a man-made cutting in Hollybank Wood.

The team, comprising of mainly amateur archaeologists from the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, South Leeds Archaeology, 3D Archaeology and other societies, have revealed remains of the road itself and remains of the revetment structure of the cutting through which it ran 1,900 years ago.

It was previously believed that the course of the road ran past Hampsthwaite parish church and crossed the River Nidd where the current bridge stands, however as a result of the excavation, the team has revealed that the Roman bridge was probably a few hundred metres downstream.

This weekend, the team will conduct guided visits at hourly intervals - by kind permission of Sir Thomas Ingilby - from 11am until 4pm on Sunday, March 30, where visitors will be able to see the excavated remains of the road itself.

Assembly will be at a gate some distance along Hollybank Lane and will be well marked from Ripley Car Park.

The site is about a kilometre walk from Ripley and is in woodland, so stout footwear is recommended, ideally walking boots - there is no vehicular access and dogs will not be permitted.