Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

North Yorkshire

Route: Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 5th February 2015

Walkers: Andrew Gilly Lucy and Phoebe

Distance: 5.6 miles

Weather: Overcast and dull, rained at end

We parked by the visitor centre at Fountains Abbey and walked through Abbey Field to the Abbey. The ruins are the largest monastic ruins in the country and are a magnificent sight, even though the weather today was uninspiring

After wandering around the atmospheric ruins for a while we walked into Studley Royal Water Garden, created in the early 18th century by John Aislabie to impress visitors to his estate. The River Skell which runs along the valley has been completely transformed into a beautiful water garden. We were duly impressed

We had a brief excursion into the adjoining deer park, but insufficient time to do it justice and that will have to wait until another day

The girls walked back to the visitor centre via St Mary’s Church and I returned along the other bank of the river, making a 5 minute detour to visit Surprise View, which was well worth the short climb

What a special place this is

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